Category Archives: Learning Initiatives

the great mooc experiment

Over the past few months, our Parkgate branch library has introduced the concept of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and a ‘pilot MOOC’, using MIT’s massive open online adaptation of its Introduction to Philosophy. So far, it’s been a fabulous … Continue reading

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it takes a network

Is there anything more inspiring and mutually supportive than a healthy human network? In the past week, I’ve been embraced by a couple of strong and effective networks, the Aboriginal Enhancement School Network and the initiative known as Changing Results for Young Readers. … Continue reading

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open doors, open minds

At the Changing Times, Inspiring Libraries summit in December, David Lankes told us that “a library shapes itself around the community, not the other way around.” The idea is for the library to figure out the priorities of the greater community, then … Continue reading

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play’s the thing

Today’s velocity of change seems like something out of Lewis Carroll’s Original Tale. When my son was born in 1997, only 18% of families had Internet in their homes; we had a dial-up modem for our one shared computer. By … Continue reading

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When does 2 + 2 = 5?

According to visionary engineer, Ross Mitchell, 2+2=5. And as an engineer, he knows something about math. I recently had the opportunity to learn more about Ross Mitchell and the Mitchell Odyssey Foundation (MOF). On November 3rd, math, science and technology … Continue reading

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