40 Years in 5 Minutes – My Career in a Nutshell

This 5-Minute Flare was created for the D2L Fusion conference in 2021.

A 5-minute Flare is similar to a Pecha Kucha presentation or maybe an Ignite presentation. There are 15 slides, each timed to automatically advance every 20 seconds, for a total of 5 minutes. So yes, I was talking fast.

YouTube embedded video of Barry’s 5-minute Flare from 2021.

Topics include:

  1. How I got a start teaching in Higher Ed
  2. 18 Years with D2L, half customer and half employee
  3. Teaching tennis – with a reference to Leave it to Beaver
  4. Online learning conversations tend to repeat themselves
  5. What’s best? Online, On-ground, Hybrid?
  6. Why do students take online courses?
  7. The words we use matter
  8. Definitions: student, interaction, best
  9. Students or Customers?
  10. You can’t interact with an inanimate object.
  11. Best practices are almost never best.
  12. Grading or Ungrading?
  13. Steve Jobs was wrong, very wrong.
  14. About the moose – both real ones and plushy ones.
  15. Closing thoughts by Michael Scott