October 31, 2014
by Greg Walker
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Congratulations to Leeward’s Courtney Takabayashi and her friends

Winning Halloween video merges horror with humor

By Mike Gordon

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 31, 2014

Scaring people and then making them laugh may not be the classic model for a horror movie, but don’t bother telling Aiea writer Courtney Takabayashi and her friends.

They had so much fun making their first video, “March On,” that they want to make another one. We sure hope they do because “March On” was so entertaining that it won the 2014 Halloween Video Contest sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now. (Watch their entry at staradvertiser.com and honolulupulse.com, and on Friday’s “Sunrise” morning show.)

The video about a couple hunting for Hawaii’s night marchers — the fearsome ghosts of ancient warriors — topped a field of 15 entries and earned its creators $500.

The “March On” crew included director and editor Denny Hironaga and actors Ron Encarnacion, Annie Macapagal, Wayne Takaba­yashi (Courtney’s husband and the guy behind the camera) and Wil Kahele as Uncle Kimo. (Trust us, you don’t want to miss the credits.)

All of them have community theater or comedy improv experience, and it served them well.

Humor and conflict helped move the story along at a brisk pace, which was important because of the contest’s five-minute time limit for the video entries, said Courtney Takabayashi, who teaches writing at Leeward Community College. And she wanted a good story rather than a heart-pounding surprise scare.

“A lot of very, very scary stories are intense,” she said. “You have to build the atmosphere and I felt I didn’t have time in five minutes to build atmosphere and get the story across. So I thought. ‘Let’s try to be funny and have scary aspects.’”

Takabayashi wrote a novel and authored a play that won the Kumu Kahua Theatre/University of Hawaii playwriting competition in 2007. But this was the first time she’s heard what her writing actually sounded like.

The plot came from her husband, a First Hawaiian Bank customer service representative who has a side business, Spooky Kine Investigations, that looks into paranormal activity.

“My husband asks people for ghost stories and experiences,” she said. “A lot of times it’s about night marchers — ‘my friend saw night marchers; my aunty saw night marchers’ — everybody seems to know somebody with an experience with night marchers.”

October 23, 2014
by Greg Walker
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A manifesto for teaching online

A manifesto for teaching online from Jen Ross on Vimeo.

The manifesto is a series of brief statements that attempt to capture what is generative and productive about online teaching, course design, writing, assessment and community. It is, and may remain, a living document that is reviewed and reworked periodically with colleagues, students and amongst the programme team of the MSc in E-learning at the University of Edinburgh. Its primary purpose is to spark discussion, and to articulate a position about e-learning that informs the work of the project team, and the MSc in E-learning programme more broadly. More at onlineteachingmanifesto.wordpress.com/

This video was created by James Lamb, one of the MSc in E-learning participants.

October 23, 2014
by Greg Walker
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Georgia Virtual Learning’s Teaching Online Open Learning (TOOL)

Thursday, October 30 at 8 AM HST

Whether you are a seasoned online teacher, or just contemplating the possibility, Teaching Online Open Learning (TOOL) has something for you! Designed by Georgia Virtual Learning to train online instructors and to offer open (no-cost) professional development opportunities to educators, the TOOL’s badge-based courses and digital learning community are accessible by anyone, anywhere. Join us to hear about the creation, implementation and promise of this new model to expand teachers’ skills and impact learning.

Presenters: Rich Copeland and Sharon Synan, Teacher Quality, Georgia Virtual Learning

 

Register today

October 22, 2014
by Brent Hirata
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Agenda October 27, 2014

Call to Order (Oct. 27, 2014) Approval of the Minutes Recognition of secretary for Oct. 27, 2014 – Warren Kawano Appreciation for secretary from Sept. 29, 2014 – Carina Chernisky Review unapproved minutes. Reports Faculty Senate Chair -Momi Kamahele  called … Continue reading

October 22, 2014
by Greg Walker
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Proposed new mandatory question.

“The instructor provided meaningful and regular interaction and opportunities for students to interact with each other.”

October 22, 2014
by Greg Walker
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Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design

This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven,
and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion
with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement. This model is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive, and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social support to overcome adversity and provide recognition.

Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design 

framework

 

spheres of learning