The ineffable enigmas of existence are no puzzle to Canada’s ruling class

An Albertan politician gets existential, and in doing so succinctly and accurately summarizes where Canada’s political leadership sees value in our citizens’ lives: “…the only reason we exist is for the resources around us. If you take away the resources, there is no reason for us to exist.” Sometimes the priorities, policies and actions of […]

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Confusiasmo

Early on, Nancy White introduced our group to the concept of “confusiasm” (confusiasmo), a portmanteau of confusion and enthusiasm. It seemed to resonate with everyone right away, and if I had to choose one word to describe our current state, that would be it.

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Dusting off

   (Image via Audrey Watters) Another intolerable blogging gap.  If this keeps up I’ll have to turn over the keys to my domain. No lack of exciting activity on this end. I’m typing this on a flight south to Mexico, where I will be joining a team assembled by Tannis Morgan to work with a cohort […]

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Questions for the University of Guelph on its trademark of “OpenED”

Update: about a week after this post, Guelph’s Open Learning and Educational Support website announced “the University of Guelph is taking steps to release the official mark in its entirety.”  Like many other people, I had an emotional response to the news that a community-oriented open education conference (one in its twelfth year of existence) […]

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