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Jonathan Becker

What Clicks From 70,000 Courses Reveal About Student Learning - The Chronicle of Higher... - 1 views

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    Answer: not much
Tom Woodward

A presentation format for deeper student questioning and universal engagement | emergen... - 0 views

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    "Students presented their work. They had about 30 seconds.
    A few students served as a panel (if we're sticking with "Shark Tank", these are your Mark Cubans, your Mr. Wonderfuls, etc.). The teacher had prepared a few scripted questions, which the panel asked psuedo-randomly. The presenters knew these questions ahead of time and had to be prepared to answer them.
    Students responded to the questions that were selected.
    The panelists convened with their groupmates to discuss the presenters' responses and to develop deeper, more probing questions. The presenters also had a couple minutes to regroup and confer.
    After convening, the panelists return to their station and ask the questions that they and their group came up with. The presenters respond. From this point, it becomes semi-conversational as all the panelists are interested in getting their question answered.he presenters then answered those questions, which were generally more specific in nature and based on the initial responses of the presenters."
Enoch Hale

Faculty Development for Student Success at Bronx Community College | Association of Ame... - 0 views

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    Faculty Development for Student Success: An Example
Tom Woodward

These Misconceptions Are Keeping School in the 1960's | ThinkThankThunk - 3 views

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    "The most important thing about BIG is that we know we're wrong. We don't know what a student should know. We can't predict the future. When working with a group, we allow the needs of the group to dictate the instruction and curated content we provide in response to the need. This has two effects: I like my job and am happier, and the students are never hidden from the planning of learning.

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Tom Woodward

Ted Nelson at Mid-term | Hosna - 0 views

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    "Nelson goes on to say that "Education ought to be clear, inviting and enjoyable, without booby-traps, humiliations, condescension or boredom. It ought to teach and reward initiative, curiosity, the habit of self-motivation, intellectual involvement." This reminded of this course. So far I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. Many of my previous online courses were extremely repetitive and the assignments were very bland. We did the same thing over and over again every week. Read the article and write a post about it. We are taught to question things in this course. We are pushed to be creative and research topics that we cannot find easy answers to. We are not punished for our opinions, rather rewarded for getting our creative juices flowing. One of my favorite assignments was the one where we had to search a question that we already knew the answer to. I had no idea that my question about the S on superman's chest would lead to gender equality. It taught me to always take a deeper look. This course is the kind of course Nelson was talking about. It's unique, and definitely meets his criteria."

    h/t Jon
Tom Woodward

Progress Report | Not So Far Far Away... - 0 views

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    " also share a lot of your concerns about specifics, but I think I've found a way to work my brain around it. You're absolute right; we've been conditioned to think in terms of exact numbers. We're used to being told our posts should be 200 words with 4 paragraphs and exactly 8 links to external sources, so that's how we've learned to function. I think this class has been great for me to retrain my brain to think creatively rather than within the confines of instructions. For length, I just make sure I answer the question. I ask myself if I feel that my answer is appropriate, or if I should go into more detail. It helps me if I stop focusing on the grade (as hard as that is) and instead focus on the assignment itself. If I can answer the question with detail in two sentences, I feel like two sentences is a perfectly fine entry. Most of the time, my entries are 2-3 paragraphs. I just write down what I'm thinking, rather than trying to filter through "Is this what Dr. Becker wants to see?" I think my work looks a lot better when I'm focused on what I think looks respectable, rather than trying to mold myself to what I think others may expect of me."

    h/t Jon
Tom Woodward

Veronica on Twitter: "For module 6 it just says "write a 500 word blog post" usually th... - 0 views

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    David doing support via Twitter.
Tom Woodward

Popcorn Poetry | class blog? - 0 views

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    "After reading our classes popcorn poem I realized that a good portion of the class is amazed by how we were able to construct poetry to social media. I myself am one of those people. We've always considered poetry to be something containing a higher meaning with vocabulary words we wouldn't use on a daily basis, but as of last friday we created poetry where the stanzas were replaced with tweets by different account users, and the theme of the poem was spread through the us of a twitter timeline, and retweets. With using my new definition of a genre of poetry I see these popcorn poems as multiple authors, viewing the potential of poetry in the social media realm, were so used to seeing poem being on paper containing X amount of stanzas, but now we see people's different first impression on what poetry via internet is like. For the most part each student was surprised, and had a good feeling about what this could be going forward with the more assignments we get that involve us doing popcorn poems.

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Tom Woodward

Not Your бабушка's Blog | Word to Your Motherland - 1 views

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    One of those impressive student blogs that inspires.

    h/t Amy Nelson
Tom Woodward

Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F' : NPR Ed : NPR - 1 views

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    Not in agreement with the 'taskmaster' element but I have similar concerns about teaching evaluations.

    "Michele Pellizzari, an economics professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, has a more serious claim: that course evaluations may in fact measure, and thus motivate, the opposite of good teaching.

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Tom Woodward

Planning for Pink Time | Thoughts - 2 views

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    Worth keeping mind . . . .

    "Originally, reading about the assignment for what we have to do for class on Wednesday I got kind of annoyed. I am not good at open ended assignments and they frankly frustrate me to no end."
Tom Woodward

Virtual Reality: A Nature Loving Programmer's Point of View | Anonymous Octopus's Virtu... - 0 views

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    Nice student blog post on virtual reality, meditation, and nature.
habuchanan

Online Student Retention Requires a Collaborative Approach | Faculty Focus - 3 views

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    Creating a sense of community in the classroom and making meaningful student-faculty interactions can help curb retention issues in higher ed.
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