MOOCs etc.

I was recently able to go to a small conference in Auckland, mainly around the topic of MOOCs and Online education. Opened by Stephen Joyce.  “It’s all about the learner” Key reading before the conference Kahn Academy Salman Khan, Founder of Khan Academy beamed in via Skype. Coincidentally I signed up properly for the Khan Read More …

HACKED!!!!!!

Well, I nearly lost this blog.  Left an upgrade a little too late and all sorts of nasties got into the system, Bluehost then shut me down. Thanks to Bruce (hacking into the database, cleaning things up) and the wonderful people at Bluehost, things have been put back.  A large backlog in my thinking.  But Read More …

The lessons @Chuxiong 2011

Chuxiong in May 2011 was a return visit. In 2007 we did four three hour workshops over two days, mainly oriented towards staff. This time quite different: three two hour sessions with students.  All studying to be teachers. The aim: explore some physics concepts demonstrate some teaching strategies as alternatives to teacher talk, class unison Read More …

Weiman article (Part 3) Engagement, Test results and Attendence

A look at the Weiman Study (continued).  This is one anonymous comment on the Chronicle page on this article: “I have tried most of the teaching methods out there in the course of over 20 years of teaching. Many “experimental” methods are effective, but they ALL result in less material being covered. Moral of the Read More …

Weiman article (Part 2) Setting up the experiment

Continued from Part 1.  The first time I have written several posts in a row for a while.  I’ve just run a session with some staff introducing the findings of the paper, with due regard for the 40 years of work (at least) that is is based on. All quotes below from the paper. The Read More …