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Hi Everyone,

I must begin my post with sincere apologies and a short explanation.  You may have noticed my lack of presence online over the last 2 weeks.  It started the night of our Elluminate session.  I could feel myself getting sick and I lost my voice.  Shortly thereafter, both of my boys came down with the horrendous North American flu that is wreaking havoc.  And, as you may have guessed, 4 days of caring for sick kids undoubtedly turned into me getting sick.  I have been out of commission for 2 weeks now!  I think everyone at work is beginning to forget what I look like.  And well, since you guys don’t really know what I look like, you’ve maybe forgotten my writing style…lol.

In any case, I’m starting to feel a bit better and am hoping to make my re-appearance online this week!  Here is my critique of Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions.

Baker, D. (2011). Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 7(3), 401-411. Available online at:


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Here we go again!! Goals for Blended Learning

As we start another course, I am excited to see what this course has to offer me, what skills I can learn, research and theories I can become familiar with, and how I can put my new knowledge into practice in the workplace.

Specifically, I am hoping to learn which elements are most effective in an online environment and how to implement them into an existing course.  I also hope to learn specific strategies for assisting faculty and getting them on board with curriculum changes.  I want to be able to design the most effective and engaging courses for our students.

King’s is slowly moving towards the use of more technology and online elements in our courses.  I hope to, someday, be a part of this shift in a more meaningful way.