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Barbara Lindsey

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    We should be doing this for languages and intercultural competencies!
Barbara Lindsey

VoiceThread as Final Exam | Language Lab Unleashed! - 0 views

  • This score was worth 70% of their final exam grade (the other 30% had been determined by their classmates in their group oral presentations). The final exam as a whole was 20% of their final (semester) grade.

    No one element in the final was worth more than 15% of their final grade. Personally, I always hated it when final exams were the deciding factor in your final grade for a course. Some people just don’t test well, especially at the end of a long semester. For many of my students this was their first semester of college finals and I know they were nervous. I tried to be sensitive to all of those things when thinking about the weight of this exam and its impact upon their grade.

Barbara Lindsey

T4T (Powerful Ingredients for Blended Learning) - 0 views

    Great spring 2010 Wesley Fryer course. Love the way he credits and extends the reach of work that has influenced his syllablus.
Barbara Lindsey

News: Hybrid Education 2.0 - Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

  • he researchers seem more excited by a hybrid application of the open-learning program that, instead of replacing professors, tries to use them more effectively. By combining the open-learning software with two weekly 50-minute class sessions in an intro-level statistics course, they found that they could get students to learn the same amount of material in half the time.
  • “At the most selective tier of colleges and universities, they have some significant interest in the existing model of residential education,” says Roger C. Schonfeld, manager of research at Ithaka S+R, the strategy arm of Ithaka, a non-profit higher-ed technology group. “And I think there’s a lot more at risk in terms of the reputation they have built up over the course of decades or centuries, that even for the many advantages that might come from new models, there may be obvious or unforeseen disadvantages they need to guard against.”
  • So what exactly is the pedagogical model Carnegie Mellon has discovered, that has inspired such faith? Essentially, it’s an online program that teaches students itself, rather than just being the medium a professor uses to teach. Furthermore, it leverages the opportunity to interact directly with a unique student -- an opportunity a professor addressing dozens of students in a lecture hall does not have.
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  • The virtual tutor takes care of the basic concepts that typically dominate lectures, leaving professors open to plan the face-to-face component of the course according to what parts of the curriculum the software tells him students are picking up more slowly, and what concepts could bear reinforcement. For example, if a statistics professor notices in the data he receives from activity in the open-learning program that a great number of students struggled with the assessments the program gave while teaching conditional probability, the professor could use the class periods to hold a discussion with his students about that concept until he is confident they get it -- a preferable alternative, Thille says, to rolling through concepts didactically and hoping they stick.
  • Lectures and the classroom spaces built to accommodate them, she explains, represent academe’s first attempt to do higher education at scale after new waves of students started flooding into America’s universities following World War II. With technology having evolved to its current state, such a method is primitive, she says. “You have this poor faculty member,” Thille says, “who’s sitting there as an expert in their area trying to figure out how to transfer their expertise to this large number of students, who are all variable. And it’s a horrible task. The affordances of the technology and also the learning sciences… for the first time enable us to really think about how to scale in a much more effective way, so we truly can serve many many many more students."

    Carnegie Mellon research on blended learning results
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