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Audio Reflections on Key Competency 1




Key Competency:

Critically evaluate and draw logical, clear, objective, and well supported conclusions about learning theories, relevant literatures, educational technologies, and collaborative initiatives. 

Metaphorical Equivalency:

Consume healthy foods and don’t trust that weigh scale! Instead, maintain a balanced diet and check the mirror for gradual muscle development and a trimmer physique.  

Analytical Publishing Project

Course: ETEC 565M - Special Topics - Mobile & Open Education

Mobility in Blended Environments

This is an analysis that recounts my personal experience–and growth–with mobility in the classroom. During my ongoing and evolving initiative of redesigning courses from traditional face-to-face lectures to blended constructivist environments–mobile and wireless technologies have advanced enough to make them affordable for most Korean university students. These technologies also, as shown in the accompanying video, provide an excellent way to implement such affordances as collaboration, privacy, and a more democratic decision making process in higher education.

Why THIS Artifact is FIRST

An Audio Reflection (please tap/click to play)

Tap or click to read details about this assignment (straight from the course page).

A1. Analytical Publishing Project

Assignment #1 will be worth 25% of your final grade.

DESCRIPTION:  Individual students will author & publish an original media-based critical analysis of an emerging facet of mobility that is of special interest to the student. Think of this as a self-contained, first-person research product (videocast, podcast, blogpost, media essay, etc) whose value is founded on your credibility and presence as a professional educator & MET researcher. The subject may be a technology, application, cultural phenomenon, social trend, educational program or learning product. No direct connection to teaching or learning is required, but one focus of the analysis will concern education potential, or lack thereof. The primary objective is for the analysis to be published as as a highly relevant, usable & valued Knowledge Mill resource in (at least one of) the Mobile Technology, Mobile Culture, and Mobile Education streams of 565M.

FORMAT:  This is not an academic paper. Employ a presentation format consistent with effective viewing on mobile devices, optimizing relevancy, usability, and value for a prospective, global audience of education technology professionals. Make it just long enough to deliver true audience value (probably between 500 words / 90 seconds and 1,500 words / 6 minutes, as aiming to sustain attention for a longer period might be a dubious proposition). Consult your instructor if in doubt.

SUBMISSION:  The analysis may be posted directly in 565M or embedded from any reasonably permanent web host or platform, using the appropriate Knowledge Mill category or categories. Notify your instructor by email when your post submission is live.


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The Chosen Medium

I chose to produce a video podcast (vodcast) for this project because YouTube videos are always responsive and easy to play in mobile devices. Furthermore, as one who has no respect or time for platforms that force users to download and install a proprietary app just to have access to a bit of content, I chose YouTube because it does not require mobile users to do that.

Current Common Drawbacks

To shorten the vodcast, I edited out the footage in which I talk about two common drawbacks that currently exist with this technology: battery life and Wi-Fi reliability.

If students’ devices are low on power, they may not be able to complete a mobile activity. This can be minimized by proactively advising students that coming to class with a sufficiently charged device is their responsibility and that they will be held accountable if they repeatedly fail to do so.

Regarding the Wi-Fi connection, there is little that one can do, except to either use a different service (Google Forms instead of Socrative, for example) or have a non-WiFi “Plan B” (whatever that may be) readily available in the event of a connectivity issue.

Of course, as the technology continues to evolve, these drawbacks will cease to be an issue and there will undoubtedly be new challenges to deal with.

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Three Thought Papers

Course: ETEC 512 - Applications of Learning Theories to Instruction (core)

Thought Papers on Learning Theory

Because I was able to critically evaluate and draw logical, clear, objective, and well supported conclusions about learning theories and relevant literatures, I not only earned high marks, but had a good time doing so! 

Please tap or click on “Play” to learn the reason it is the 2nd artifact for Key Competency #1:


Professor's Feedback on Thought Paper #2

by Jennifer Shapka, Ph.D.

Tap or click to read, from the course content Thought Paper Assignment page, about the strict grading policy :

There are a total of 3 Thought Papers that you will need to complete during the course, each worth 5% of your mark. Although the Thought Papers are based on the readings, they cannot be answered directly from them. That is, you cannot simply summarize the readings to answer the question. Rather these questions are designed to provoke deeper understanding about the readings and should be viewed as an opportunity to delve further into an issue. As such, this assignment is evaluated quite rigorously in terms of content. Top papers will be clear and thought-provoking, with well-supported arguments. They will also be well-written and free of any spelling or grammatical errors. Please do not be discouraged by low marks on your initial Thought Papers; rather, use the instructor’s feedback to develop stronger responses. The Thought Papers are to be 300 words, or the equivalent of 1-page double-spaced, which will be strictly enforced. At times it will seem difficult to fit all you have to say about the topic into 300 words; however, as graduate students, the ability to write clearly and concisely is an important skill to develop. The Thought Papers will be evaluated based on clarity and the degree of insight and thought that is evident. Given that summarizing the reading is worth no points, do not waste any of your 300 words summarizing!

Source: ETEC512 Course Content Page on Thought Paper Assignments

Tap or click to read the papers via Google Drive's PDF viewer (for devices that don't have Adobe Reader installed)

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Spirituality in Technology: A Discussion Forum Video Post

Course: ETEC 511 - Foundations of Educational Technology

My Final Discussion Forum Post

For my final contribution to the ETEC 511 (Foundations of Educational Technology) discussion forum on the spirituality of technology, it was crucial that I find a way to satisfy my own intrinsic need for deep reflection and clarity of thought in this very important and personal topic. To achieve this, I did some serious soul-searching about my past and present spiritual state of being, sought additional wisdom offered by some well respected thought leaders (like those shown in the videos below) and worked in the much more dynamic realm of multimedia instead of just printed text. Some of the questions that I attempt to answer include: “Can we have spirituality without technology? Can we have technology without spirituality? Is the ideal form of spirituality that without technology?”

 The video below is one that I produced, with a few relevant clips inserted and interwoven with my own thoughts.


My understanding of life and reality has evolved further since making the spirituality/technology video–and there are certain aspects of what I said that I now regard as inaccurate–especially in the segment where I discuss Feng and Petrina’s reference to secularism no longer seeming tenable . Now that I have taken time to revisit their manuscript and reflect more “SOULfully” , I realize that they were not actually declaring secularism as untenable. Rather, they were citing it as one example of many schools of thought in the realm of spirituality. Isn’t it wonderful how human thought is capable of evolving?

Three Transformational Thought Leaders

In the following trio of videos, three of the world’s most eminent scholars present their views on key aspects of life in this technologically super-charged 21st Century. Professor Richard Dawkins–with his focus on genes, memes, and internet memes–helps us to understand how human culture is evolving . Professor Michael Wesch provides an excellent anthropological perspective on YouTube and other Web 2.0 technologies , and Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor, shows how outdated copyright laws are in increasing need of revision . They are included here as a small symbolic sampling of the many new concepts that I began to grapple with in the MET Program. It was only by grappling with their ideas–and those of other MET students–that I was able to finally develop enough confidence to attempt producing such a personal and reflective video like the one above.

Just for Hits - Richard Dawkins
An anthropological introduction to YouTube.wmv
Laws that choke creativity | Larry Lessig


Tap or click to check out the references for my reflective video on technology and spirituality.


Essay: From Objectivism to Constructivism

Course: ETEC 530 - Constructivist Strategies for E-Learning

Why This Essay Fulfills Key Competency #1

audio reflection (approx. 4 minutes)

The word cloud, based on the analysis, is linked to a pdf version of it:

Detailed Information about the essay (taken directly from the course content page).

Assignment 1: 40% 

Select an issue or area of interest within your own teaching/learning or practice experiences and examine how it incorporates, does not incorporate or should incorporate constructivism. In the paper critically discuss the issue or area in not more than 2,000 words. This assignment should draw on existing literature on constructivism, situated learning, basic principles of constructivist instructions, e-learning, etc.

Source: ETEC530 Course Content Page on Assignment 1 

Tap or click to read comments from Professor Diane Janes, Ph.D.

Professor’s Comments:

Solid job Gary…a very good overview of the issues between constructivist learning and blended multimedia writing as described…clear, concise and easy to read…good use of sources and solid use of APA (actually quite rare so good job)… I wanted a more critical approach in your discussion and you did that, with your own thinking mixed throughout, which improved the final work! Overall an enjoyable piece…39/40


Tap or click to read the paper via Google Drive's PDF viewer (for devices that don't have Adobe Reader installed)

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A Concept Map on Constructivism

Course: ETEC 530 - Constructivist Strategies for E-Learning


In the 81 second audio reflection I discuss how one of my strongest assets almost became a liability in the development of this concept map.

To view a larger version of the concept map, please tap or click on it.

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Scholarly Essay: Pedagogy in the Age of Web 2.0

Course: ETEC 511 - Foundations of Educational Technology (core)


This was a topic that turned out to be much bigger than I originally thought. The more research I did, the more I realized just how much power and scope I was grappling with. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, depending on one’s point of view), there was a word limit of 3,000 words, so the essay barely scratches the surface, in my opinion. 

The word cloud, based on the essay, is linked to a pdf version of it:

Tap or click to view the course's scholarly essay requirements.

Scholarly Essay

Choose a topic that corresponds with one of the weekly topics (i.e., foundations) or themes and write a scholarly paper exploring media and technology in education (i.e., apps, artifacts, devices, problems, processes, trends, etc.). The essay should provide a clear, cogent, concise exploration or case study of the topic (e.g., topics within or about e-learning, educational technology, learning technologies, ICT, new media, instructional design, curriculum design, etc.). Take a position (state a thesis or argument) and provide evidence, through examples and narrative, to support the position. Be creative and choose a topic that really interests you!

 Source: ETEC511 Syllabus for 2013

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Real Life Examples of Linking Theory to Practice:

The following blurbs will connect you to current examples of linking theory to practice.

More About Gary

additional information about Gary’s background & current practice

Reflections on HYU Practice

ongoing initiatives to support learners and faculty at Hanyang University

Overview of Current Sites

e-learning spaces that Gary currently uses in professional practice

Links to Old Spaces

discontinued spaces that trace Gary’s online footprint back to 2001

References for Key Competency 1


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