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My Lucky 13 Years at the UVic Speakers Bureau!

I’ve been having so much fun working with my wonderful colleagues in the UVic Library Digital Scholarship Commons (or Makerspace) that my 13th year of been a member of the UVic Speakers Bureau snuck up on me! During my first

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Flipping the Makerspace to Maximize Active Learning Time in Introductory Workshops

I had the privilege of participating in the 2nd annual International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM 2017), at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland at the end of September.  I wrote a research paper based on post-workshop survey data from

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Smartphones & Tablets: Educational Distractions or Bicycles for Our Minds?

The short answer is YES!  Yes, smartphones and tablets can be wonderful learning tools, or bicycles for our minds if used properly, and Yes, they can be a huge distraction if unskilfully used. A recent study describes how disruptive smartphone

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Book Review: Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning – Foundations and Applications

Edited by George Velestianos, Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning – Foundations and Applications, is an insightful survey of emerging technologies and practices in digital education. Technology is not neutral, and as such the creators of educational software embed in

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