• Extending the purpose of the Audience-Performer Feedback Loop (APFL)
    by Rene Schwarz on March 19, 2021 at 2:41 am

    In podcast form (with transcription below): Summary of learning through the project and the program I learned that the best results come from starting with what you know, and more specifically what you know how to do. Of course, the most painful part of learning is the struggle you must go through when you venture

  • Hands-On Educational Technology Tips: #6
    by Rene Schwarz on March 18, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Designed for teachers and performing arts directors who want to up their game in re-creating the live-theatre experience with more interactive potential. As a teacher in pursuit of distinguishing the difference between drama and performing arts courses under the restrictions of a pandemic, my goal is give my performing arts students the chance to learn

  • Hands-On Educational Technology Tips: #5
    by Rene Schwarz on March 18, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Portable Projection Screen Set-up Designed for teachers and performing arts directors who want to up their game in re-creating the live-theatre experience with more interactive potential. As a teacher in pursuit of distinguishing the difference between drama and performing arts courses under the restrictions of a pandemic, my goal is give my performing arts students

  • Hands-On Educational Technology Tips: #4
    by Rene Schwarz on March 18, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Designed for teachers and performing arts directors who want to up their game in re-creating the live-theatre experience with more interactive potential. As a teacher in pursuit of distinguishing the difference between drama and performing arts courses under the restrictions of a pandemic, my goal is give my performing arts students the chance to learn

  • Hands-On Educational Technology Tips:#3
    by Rene Schwarz on March 18, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Designed for teachers and performing arts directors who want to up their game in re-creating the live-theatre experience with more interactive potential. As a teacher in pursuit of distinguishing the difference between drama and performing arts courses under the restrictions of a pandemic, my goal is give my performing arts students the chance to learn

  • Hands-On Educational Technology Tips: #2
    by Rene Schwarz on March 18, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Designed for teachers and performing arts directors who want to up their game in re-creating the live-theatre experience with more interactive potential. As a teacher in pursuit of distinguishing the difference between drama and performing arts courses under the restrictions of a pandemic, my goal is give my performing arts students the chance to learn

  • Hands-On Educational Technology Tips: #1
    by Rene Schwarz on March 18, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Designed for teachers and performing arts directors who want to up their game in re-creating the live-theatre experience with more interactive potential. As a teacher in pursuit of distinguishing the difference between drama and performing arts courses under the restrictions of a pandemic, my goal is give my performing arts students the chance to learn

  • Abstract
    by Rene Schwarz on March 15, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Pandemic Restrictions and the Live Audience-Performer Relationship: Respecting the Essential Ingredient in Performing Arts Courses René Marcel Schwarz B.Ed. (Secondary Education), University of Victoria, 1994             The most distinguishing feature of performing arts courses is the culminating presence of an audience. Although direct research about how audiences play a teaching role in performing arts courses

  • January Reflection
    by ctrades on February 1, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    January goal: develop the introductory module and design the overall look of the website. I started by creating a mini 10-page booklet of all the ‘requirements’ for my project according to my research. I also had 3 spreadsheets covering content, core competencies, and curricular competencies according to the BC Ministry guidelines. The BC big ideas

  • The best books of 2020
    by Nicole Crozier on January 2, 2021 at 7:59 am

    2020 may have been a year like no other in so many ways, but there is one thing that remained consistent… I read a whole lot of books. Because the library was closed for a portion of the year, this... The post The best books of 2020 appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Creating accessible content for online learners: Curated resources
    by Nicole Crozier on October 3, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    This post was originally posted on Remote Teaching Resources as part of an EDCI 565 assignment. It was co-written with Joanna Lake. Having a computer and internet access does not automatically make the content viewed via the computer and internet... The post Creating accessible content for online learners: Curated resources appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • How to create accessible content
    by Nicole Crozier on October 3, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    This post was originally posted on Remote Teaching Resources as part of an EDCI 565 assignment. It was co-written with Joanna Lake. Despite the fact that we all spend a lot of time living in a digital world, we’re taught... The post How to create accessible content appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • An Introduction to Digital Accessibility
    by Nicole Crozier on October 3, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    This post was originally posted on Remote Teaching Resources as part of an EDCI 565 assignment. It was co-written with Joanna Lake. Since COVID-19 forced the world to embrace online learning, we’ve been hearing a lot about issues of access.... The post An Introduction to Digital Accessibility appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Changing conceptions of curriculum
    by Nicole Crozier on October 3, 2020 at 4:36 am

    A month ago, when we first began exploring the concept of curriculum, I put forth the metaphor of curriculum as a baby human. Both form the centre of your life, dictate structure, demand to not be forgotten, and can be... The post Changing conceptions of curriculum appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Can a curriculum model change student affairs?
    by Nicole Crozier on October 3, 2020 at 3:58 am

    As a student affairs professional, especially one who has always worked in student life, I often find myself trying to convince people that I am, in fact, an educator. As articulated by ACPA’s The Student Learning Imperative in 1994, student... The post Can a curriculum model change student affairs? appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • The making of an accessibility resource for educators
    by Nicole Crozier on July 27, 2020 at 4:13 am

    Critical review of resource Online learning opportunities have been growing in number since the early 1990s, and online learning is often said to increase access to education (Hashey & Stahl, 2014). However, many of the content types and technologies used... The post The making of an accessibility resource for educators appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • A super simple, quick guide to creating accessible digital content
    by Nicole Crozier on July 22, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Despite the fact that we all spend a lot of time living in a digital world, we’re taught rather little about digital accessibility. As a result, lots of digital content (websites, blogs, PDFs, Word documents, videos, etc.) are inaccessible to... The post A super simple, quick guide to creating accessible digital content appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Exploring the concept of curriculum
    by Nicole Crozier on July 18, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    In the classroom, curriculum is a well-known concept. Curriculum dictates what you teach and what your students learn and, in many ways, forms the cornerstone of our educational system. In student affairs, my professional field of practice, curriculum is a... The post Exploring the concept of curriculum appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • The little moments we’ve lost
    by Nicole Crozier on May 20, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Last week, I watched episode 6 of John Krasinki’s YouTube show, Some Good News. It was his graduation episode, and I bawled. It brought me back to the weeks I spent reading the COVID-19 updates from universities across the country.... The post The little moments we’ve lost appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Learning online, about online learning, during COVID-19
    by Nicole Crozier on May 11, 2020 at 7:28 am

    At the tail-end of February, I started a new course in my master’s program. The course was called Development and Implementation of the Curriculum, and the content has a large focus on digital literacy. When we started the course, we... The post Learning online, about online learning, during COVID-19 appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • I learned about Zoombombing the hard way
    by Nicole Crozier on April 5, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Last week, I hosted a virtual pet café via Zoom. I invited pretty much everyone I knew: friends from all across the country, colleagues, soccer teammates, classmates. People showed up with their cats and dogs ready to introduce them to... The post I learned about Zoombombing the hard way appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • My work-from-home manifesto
    by Nicole Crozier on March 30, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Like so many others, I now work from home. The desk that used to be for school work has now become my work desk. It’s also still my school desk, because where else am I supposed to go to do... The post My work-from-home manifesto appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Supporting students through COVID-19: 11 ideas for student affairs professionals
    by Nicole Crozier on March 24, 2020 at 2:18 am

    All across the country, student affairs professionals are trying to figure out how to move their services online. Appointments for things like academic advising and counselling are being moved to Zoom or some other video-conferencing tool. Some writing centres are... The post Supporting students through COVID-19: 11 ideas for student affairs professionals appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Defining digital storytelling
    by Nicole Crozier on March 22, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Over the last 10-20 years, there has been a pretty rapid shift from analogue to digital. Podcasts, videos, blog posts and social media are now a major part of most people’s daily ecosystem. As these mediums become more prevalent, the... The post Defining digital storytelling appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • My digital storytelling journey
    by Nicole Crozier on March 10, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    I fell in love with the internet a long time ago. As a young, unconfident introvert, it was a great way for me to share thoughts and engage in conversations while being a safe distance away from judgement. As an... The post My digital storytelling journey appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • 11 takeaways from an orientation conference
    by Nicole Crozier on March 9, 2020 at 5:58 am

    In October 2019, I attended the NODA conference in Houston, Texas to learn all about orientation and share some of our work at UVic. While the conference didn’t quite meet my expectations in terms of session quality, I managed to... The post 11 takeaways from an orientation conference appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Quality online learning requires a system change
    by Nicole Crozier on March 1, 2020 at 9:19 am

    I’ve been reading a lot about quality online learning lately, both for a literature review I had to write, and for course readings. There are a lot of factors that influence online learning effectiveness, and a lot of small (and... The post Quality online learning requires a system change appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Inclusion and exclusion on social media
    by Nicole Crozier on February 16, 2020 at 7:55 am

    I never thought that reading an academic article would be an emotional experience, but reading Funes and Mackness’ article When inclusion excludes: A counter narrative of open online education felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster. It started off... The post Inclusion and exclusion on social media appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Will capitalism ruin open practices?
    by Nicole Crozier on February 16, 2020 at 7:25 am

    There’s no debating that education is a good thing. Education can lift people from poverty, move society forward, and open up new opportunities and possibilities. In this light, open practices seem like a great idea. They make education accessible to... The post Will capitalism ruin open practices? appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Bring It, 2020
    by Nicole Crozier on January 24, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Another new year, another round looking ahead at the year and setting goals for what I want to accomplish and who I want to be. I truly love this time of year. Having now gone through the process of setting... The post Bring It, 2020 appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Getting Through Grad School: Course #4
    by Nicole Crozier on January 11, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    My original intent had been to blog regularly throughout my program, sharing my experience as a grad student. By ‘regularly’, I had been envisioning weekly. We’re now five weeks into the fourth course, and this is the first time I’m... The post Getting Through Grad School: Course #4 appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • The 100 Things Project
    by Nicole Crozier on January 2, 2020 at 6:12 am

    At the end of 2018, I watched Tyler Oakley’s “100 Things We Did in 2018” video. Since Tyler Oakley is famous, his video had a lot of big, magical moments in it, like competing in Fear Factor and being on... The post The 100 Things Project appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • My Top 10 of 2019
    by Nicole Crozier on January 2, 2020 at 6:09 am

    The end of another year means it’s time for another annual tradition- my top 10 list. Writing this list is one of my favourite parts of every end-of-year. It gives me time to reflect, to remember, and to be grateful... The post My Top 10 of 2019 appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • My Top Books of 2019
    by Nicole Crozier on December 24, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Despite the fact that I started graduate school this year, and they’ve been giving me plenty of reading, I still managed to read a ton of books this year– I’m currently at 63, and the year’s not quite over yet!... The post My Top Books of 2019 appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Ending on a high note: A ‘monthly’ review
    by Nicole Crozier on November 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I’ve decided that the idea of monthly reviews is flawed. And no, that’s not just me trying to get out of writing them, or making excuses because I’m not particularly good at this. It’s an honest assessment. There’s a lot... The post Ending on a high note: A ‘monthly’ review appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Why We Need to Overhaul NODA Awards
    by Nicole Crozier on October 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Let’s put the premise up front: When it comes to awards, NODA needs to do better. Awards are an inherent part of society today. From the Oscars and Tonys, to your institution’s annual end-of-year banquets, to the wrap-up events in... The post Why We Need to Overhaul NODA Awards appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • 5 key takeaways from nine 10-minute videos summarizing one 1400 page textbook
    by Nicole Crozier on October 14, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Asking an entire class to read an entire textbook about educational/information technology would be a lot. 1400 pages of a lot. Luckily for our EDCI 570 class, our instructor didn’t do that. Instead, she tasked us with dividing ourselves into... The post 5 key takeaways from nine 10-minute videos summarizing one 1400 page textbook appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • The Building Blocks of Technology Integration
    by Nicole Crozier on September 29, 2019 at 4:58 am

    How do we effectively integrate technology into the learning experiences we are designing for our learners? That’s a huge question, and one whose answer could have a large impact on education. Lots of research has been done in this area,... The post The Building Blocks of Technology Integration appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • 100% Team Clark: Media will never directly influence learning
    by Nicole Crozier on September 18, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Trying to tell a group of educators who are studying educational technology that media does not influence learning is almost guaranteed to bring out the pitchforks. If media has no influence, then what is the point of our entire degree?... The post 100% Team Clark: Media will never directly influence learning appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • August: A tale of two different months
    by Nicole Crozier on September 14, 2019 at 6:45 am

    August started as a beautiful month. I had free time in the evenings, I read something like 8 different books, I spent time with friends going to Symphony Splash, celebrating a friend getting married, watching Pacific FC win, and taking... The post August: A tale of two different months appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • 34 EdTech Trends Is Way Too Many
    by Nicole Crozier on September 11, 2019 at 6:44 am

    When I think about trends, my brain often immediately leaps to fashion. What styles are people wearing this season? What’s being sold in stores? What are you seeing on the runway? These trends are often obvious; you’re not just reading... The post 34 EdTech Trends Is Way Too Many appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Grad School: My First ‘Real’ Semester
    by Nicole Crozier on September 4, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve already finished two courses in my Master’s program, and yet, this September still feels like my first ‘real’ semester. July’s courses were condensed, which gave it an all-in sort of feel. Since we had to be in class every... The post Grad School: My First ‘Real’ Semester appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • A Mid-Year Accountability Check-In
    by Nicole Crozier on August 8, 2019 at 6:41 am

    If there’s one thing I know about myself and my work style, it’s that I need accountability. I’m the type of person who works well on a deadline, requires that pressure, and can tend to banish a goal to the... The post A Mid-Year Accountability Check-In appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Tying It Up With a Bow
    by Nicole Crozier on July 27, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve spent a lot of time these past few days staring at the ceiling, at the wall, or at a blank page with a flashing cursor. Writing is always hard, but this particular post seems harder than most. Where am... The post Tying It Up With a Bow appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • The Journey to a Research Question
    by Nicole Crozier on July 23, 2019 at 6:32 am

    When I signed up to help plan Dalhousie’s Orientation Week the summer after my first year of university in 2009, there was no part of me that thought orientation was about to become a career. When I created a summer... The post The Journey to a Research Question appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • It’s Time to Get Off the Pedestal
    by Nicole Crozier on July 22, 2019 at 4:37 am

    When you watch a movie about a research study, there can be a lot of research-related takeaways. That was the case with Kitchen Stories, a Norwegian film we watched in our research methods class this week. The film tells the... The post It’s Time to Get Off the Pedestal appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Indigenizing Online Learning
    by Nicole Crozier on July 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    I got incredibly excited when I picked up our class reading last Monday: The 5 R’s for Indigenizing Online Learning: A Case Study of the First Nations Schools’ Principals Course. Finally. Something that directly, 100% related to the work that... The post Indigenizing Online Learning appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Beyond ‘The Break’: 5 More Indigenous Books to Read
    by Nicole Crozier on July 17, 2019 at 4:56 am

    I originally drafted this post as part of Queen’s Reads in 2017-18, when the common read was Katherena Vermette’s The Break. It never saw the light of day since I left Queen’s before the end of the program, but it’s... The post Beyond ‘The Break’: 5 More Indigenous Books to Read appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • We Set the Twitter Bar Too High
    by Nicole Crozier on July 14, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Twitter has been a hot topic on the blogs of many of my classmates this week, with a few different camps of opinion: those who are looking forward to or intrigued by Twitter as a tool for learning, and those... The post We Set the Twitter Bar Too High appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Unpacking the Backpack: Privilege in Online Spaces
    by Nicole Crozier on July 13, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve been aware of Peggy McIntosh’s writing on white privilege and the invisible backpack for several years now, and as someone who benefits daily from white privilege, I found it to be an eye-opening to gain an understanding of how... The post Unpacking the Backpack: Privilege in Online Spaces appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Examining a Quantitative Study Through the Lens of Mixed Methods (An EDCI 515 Assignment)
    by Nicole Crozier on July 11, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Introduction The research methodology that a researcher chooses can have a large impact on the research question they are asking, and on all aspects of the study. In this blog post, I will take a chosen research paper that used... The post Examining a Quantitative Study Through the Lens of Mixed Methods (An EDCI 515 Assignment) appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • I’ll Defend Twitter to the End
    by Nicole Crozier on July 9, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows how much I love Twitter. I will forever defend the platform from naysayers, although I will also admit that it’s not perfect. But my love for Twitter meant I was looking... The post I’ll Defend Twitter to the End appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • The Danger of Best Practice
    by Nicole Crozier on July 6, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Implementation matters. Just because you’re implementing something (an instructional strategy, perhaps?) that is known to be a best practice, doesn’t automatically mean it’s going to have a positive impact. How you implement the practice matters. In other words, there’s a... The post The Danger of Best Practice appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Resisting Autoethnography
    by Nicole Crozier on July 6, 2019 at 6:51 am

    For most of my life, I have been a science student. My high school course load focused on biology, chemistry and physics, and I completed a Bachelor of Science in university, even adding in some extra science courses as electives... The post Resisting Autoethnography appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Grad School Day by Day: The Diary Approach
    by Nicole Crozier on July 4, 2019 at 9:50 am

    In case you’ve missed it, I recently started my Master in Education: Educational Technology degree at the University of Victoria. The cohort-based program kicks off by throwing us in the deep end; we’re completing two courses between July 3 and... The post Grad School Day by Day: The Diary Approach appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • My Very Own ‘Grad School Uncovered’
    by Nicole Crozier on July 3, 2019 at 5:12 am

    When I started Grad School Uncovered, I had a lot of questions about the graduate school experience. Predominantly, I wanted to know how people decide what and where they want to study, what the experience is actually like, and how... The post My Very Own ‘Grad School Uncovered’ appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • Making the Most of #CACUSS19: When You Weren’t Even There
    by Nicole Crozier on June 20, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Despite being a CACUSS member since 2013, actively engaging in the organization, I’ve never been to a CACUSS conference. But over the years, despite not being there in person, I’ve found several different ways to stay at home and still... The post Making the Most of #CACUSS19: When You Weren’t Even There appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • February Wrap-Up: When Netflix Took Over
    by Nicole Crozier on March 10, 2019 at 5:53 am

    It’s almost unfair that February is the second month of the year. Just when you think you’re kind of on top of your goals and doing well, along comes February with its 28 days flying by, throwing you all off... The post February Wrap-Up: When Netflix Took Over appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.

  • January Wrap-Up
    by Nicole Crozier on February 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Despite the fact that I only posted my 2019 goals last week, I’ve had them written down in my planner for weeks now, and have been working towards them. Here’s a quick look back at January, and a look forward... The post January Wrap-Up appeared first on EdTech and Student Affairs.