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Always a student

Reflections on the mysteries of teaching and learning, the complexities of libraries, strategic planning, appreciative inquiry, becoming an educational developer, supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and being an online faculty member.

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Always a student

Reflections on the mysteries of teaching and learning, the complexities of libraries, strategic planning, appreciative inquiry, becoming an educational developer, supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and being an online faculty member.

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Hello, my name is Jason Openo, and I am currently the Director of Teaching & Learning at Medicine Hat College.  This role includes responsibility for library services and the Centre for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (CITE).  I am also a sessional faculty member at the University of Alberta's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where  I "teach" leadership and management principles.  I put teach in quotes because I don't believe I can teach anyone how to be a leader or a manager - this is found within, demonstrated by how we treat people, and guided by our capacity to adapt our organizations to a new environment.

For the past four years, I have been pursuing my Doctorate of Education in Distance Education through Athabasca University. I am deeply intrigued by the mystery of teaching and learning with technology, and I am now waiting to schedule my candidacy exam. My research interests include the professional development of online contingent faculty, and the convergence between assessment of student learning outcomes and quality assurance.  An emerging interest is how libraries and educational technology are merging in higher ed.

One of the things I do on the side is provide strategic planning consultation and facilitation services, specializing in non-profits.  I use Appreciative Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry. I have worked with the Medalta Historic Clay District, the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society, and the City of Lethbridge's Family and Child Support Services Agency.  I have presented keynote presentations at the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures, and the Family and Child Support Service Agencies of Alberta.  I believe positive, strengths-based approaches can help organizations meet basic psychological needs of their employees and give them a better chance at achieving their strategic change initiatives.

 
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Inspiration


Throughout my life, I've come to more questions than conclusions. But I agree with this:

"I have always held that, if he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward. And henceforth, the only honorable course will be to stake everything on a formidable gamble: that words are more powerful than munitions." - Albert Camus, Neither Victims Nor Executioners

This quote from Camus reflects moral commitment and a deep faith, defined by Theo Hobson as a "special form of imagination" where we "assume a positive attitude by imagining a good future," take a "positive attitude out of courage" and live with the conviction that "life's decisions must not be made out of fear." Faith is "a positive, hopeful attitude that is willing to dissent from convention, common sense, reasonability. It is a form of hope that sticks its neck out." (Hobson, 2014).

Camus, A. (2008). Neither Victims nor Executioners: An Ethic Superior to Murder. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Hobson, T. (2014). Faith (The Art of Living). New York, NY: Routledge.

Inspiration


Throughout my life, I've come to more questions than conclusions. But I agree with this:

"I have always held that, if he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward. And henceforth, the only honorable course will be to stake everything on a formidable gamble: that words are more powerful than munitions." - Albert Camus, Neither Victims Nor Executioners

This quote from Camus reflects moral commitment and a deep faith, defined by Theo Hobson as a "special form of imagination" where we "assume a positive attitude by imagining a good future," take a "positive attitude out of courage" and live with the conviction that "life's decisions must not be made out of fear." Faith is "a positive, hopeful attitude that is willing to dissent from convention, common sense, reasonability. It is a form of hope that sticks its neck out." (Hobson, 2014).

Camus, A. (2008). Neither Victims nor Executioners: An Ethic Superior to Murder. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Hobson, T. (2014). Faith (The Art of Living). New York, NY: Routledge.