Wandering in exploration. Mom, Grandma, teacher, competitive fencer and fascinated by the possibilities social networking offers teachers to collaborate and form professional learning communities.
marymcnabb has written 12 posts for My 2nd Half/Apres mon apprentissage

An Investigation of Teaching Presence on Athabasca University’s E-learning Commons

These slides formed the basis of an online presentation I made to the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in April of 2016. Looking back at it, I am realizing how much my understanding of the learning in the courses I studied has developed. There are interesting ideas here that will bear further thought, but that do … Continue reading

Virtual Reality at the Car Show

Virtual Reality My husband and I went to the Motor Show in Edmonton to research vehicles for an upcoming purchase and I took the opportunity to try a virtual reality exhibit sponsored by Volkswagen. Never having had the opportunity to experience VR, I stood in line and took my turn. The equipment was relatively inobtrusive … Continue reading

Digital Learning and Teaching – A Jump into a New Culture?

I began 2017 by reading Keith Hampson’s post on LinkedIn entitled Is That All There Is? Higher Education’s Struggle to Leverage Digital Teaching and Learning. The post prompted the following train of thought which while not directly related to what Dr. Hampson had to say, nevertheless are ideas born from his comments. In many ways, … Continue reading


Flexible fit   Why start a blog about assessment with pictures of knife holders? I have to confirm that no one was injured in the writing of the blog. There is a connection between the knife holders and evaluation. And you’ll have to read on to find out why. Evaluation and assessment focus on the … Continue reading

More on Leadership

This is unabashed copying and I will not apologize. This blog details what I would like to be as a leader. It’s a piece that I need to study, whose details I will need to nurture and develop in my life journey. Which Educational Leadership Style?  

My 2nd half Après mon apprentissage

Directions Much like Robert deNiro’s character in The Intern (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intern (2015_film), I’ve been searching for ways to use my retirement in a productive, contributory way. I’ve wandered into various things. I’m not sure how much knitting my family can put up with and here in Australia where we’re currently living, there isn’t much need for … Continue reading

Management, Leadership, Projects and Future Considerations

Now that I understand that leadership is far more than a collection of personality traits, I feel that I am able to offer leadership that both suits my personality and my gender within our school division and in the wider educational arena.  Aspects of complexity theory, transformational, emergent and distributed leadership allow for leadership that is … Continue reading

Opportunities for Distance Education

The rapid development of mobile telecommunications and of very portable computer hardware is raising people’s expectations for anytime, anywhere access to education.  Distance education is uniquely poised to address this need for a wide range of educational situations. Basic education, a critical need in many parts of the world, is being delivered in a variety … Continue reading

World Issues for Educational Leaders

The major issue facing educational leaders outside of North America is how to participate in the Knowledge Era while maintaining and honoring local identities and cultures.  The most efficient way to enter the Knowledge Era is to adopt the learning styles of North Americans and Western Europeans, but these learning styles do not always acknowledge … Continue reading

Major Issues in Educational Leadership in North America

While it is difficult to speak of single educational solutions considering the many forms of education we enjoy in North America, the major issue facing educational leaders is that of bringing education into the Knowledge Era.  Ironic as it may sound,  education in many instances has retained the forms and practices of the industrial age.  In order … Continue reading