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Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught

December 19, 2012

This article in Tomorrow’s College, Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught, has some valuable food for thought.

The professor, Eric Mazur, is well-known in the college physics instruction circles. For years, he has been using the peer instruction model with index cards so that he can see how his students have responded to the beginning questions.  With the advent of classroom response systems (aka clickers), this strategy is easier to implement. The professor can post the question on a PowerPoint slide and get immediate responses which can be saved and later analyzed for student assessment of learning on a daily basis.

Plus, it gets the students talking. Even in a process-rich class such as English composition, which I currently teach, student pair, group, and whole-class work is vital. Vital to my understanding of what the students learn, and, more importantly, vital to student learning.

I cannot wait to see what the students come up with next semester!


How to plan for a stress-free return from your vacation | Unclutterer

December 6, 2012

Since we are all wrapping up the semester, and most will be out of the office for at least a few days (our campus is closed for five days straight, for example, and that doesn’t even count the vacation time that many here plan to take), this article is especially timely: How to plan for a stress-free return from your vacation | Unclutterer. Several of these tips I use already, and I’ve noticed that once I started doing them, I’ve come back to work refreshed and much more productive.

MOOC Madness?

December 5, 2012

Isn’t this interesting. I had often wondered how the MOOC model would cover costs, and now I know. Don’t charge the students; charge the employer. It make a great deal of sense upon deeper reflection. More to come later.

Alzheimer’s Strikes by Laura J. Little | Esse Diem

December 5, 2012

This story is the result of a project that I had been working on throughout DigiWriMo. Thanks to Elizabeth for working with me on this.

Alzheimer’s Strikes by Laura J. Little | Esse Diem.

NaDigiWriMo Redux

November 30, 2012

Remember when I posted about participating in NaDigiWriMo? Well, now it is the end of the month, so how did I do?

Not so well. The goal was to post daily. I posted weekly. That’s an improvement, as I try to post only when I have something to say, but not what I’d wanted. I added a reminder to my calendar to post, but often ignored it. The content I posted, I thought, was thoughtful and well done, which is better than posting for posting’s sake.

I was also involved in other quasi-bloggy, writing projects. I have been working with Elizabeth Gaucher on an essay about an incident with my grandmother. Like any writing, this writing started out with an idea that was good and an execution that was fairly awful. Several drafts later, it’s almost ready for primetime, which for now is publication on the Esse Diem blog. Watch this space!

Seven Principles of Good Practice in the Online Classroom « Learning Centered Technology

November 27, 2012

For those of you who have been wondering what I’ve been up to lately, Dr. Sherri Ritter and I have been developing and presenting this presentation, which has gotten good reviews from the audiences. Below is a link to the Prezi:

Seven Principles of Good Practice in the Online Classroom « Learning Centered Technology.

Day Off….Let’s Go Mountaineers!

November 14, 2012

Honorary member joins WVU family – News – The Daily Athenaeum – West Virginia University.