It is a few years old now, but I finally got around to reading Jim Lang’s excellent book Small Teaching: Everyday lessons from the science of learning (2016). Jim defines small teaching as “…an approach that seeks to spark positive change in higher education through small but powerful modifications to our course design and teaching… Read more The Small Teaching Approach
I made some minor changes to my posted teaching philosophy two years ago and last year…but it really had not been updated since 2014…and as we all know, the world of 2018 is markedly different from the world of 2014. The web now is not as friendly as it once was, and “truth” now carries… Read more Updating My Teaching Philosophy
Monday, I attended a regional conference hosted by the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning on active learning. It was a good day of conversation with colleagues from some 35 institutions in the area. I met Jim Lang of Assumption College, and he pointed out that “active learning” is a potential active… Read more Cognitively Optimized Online Course
Last week in GRAD-602, Jeff Nugent led an exploration on assessment. We noted that a distinction can be made between learning for mastery versus the traditional approach that typically leads to sorting and sifting students. This provided a segway to the evening’s focus on formative and summative assessment. In class, we brainstormed ways in which… Read more Roundtable Discussion on Assessment
This week in our Teaching, Learning and Technology course, GRAD-602, we will explore active learning. I was delighted that one of our students jumped in to the topic early with her post, “Educators Against Active Learning.” Now, EvoAcademic is not against active learning herself. Rather, she is commenting about Kevin Mattson‘s 2005 article, “Why ‘Active… Read more Which Word is Emphasized in “Active Learning”?
It has been a while since I blogged, partly due to semester start-up and partly due to spending a lot of time in Twitter and Facebook. However, yesterday we did something rather neat that takes more than 140 characters to share. There has been a lot of buzz this week about the iPad and tablet… Read more Web Conferencing as Wireless Projection