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 …

Traditional Instruction vs “Deliberate Practice” (Part 1)

The Latest Cark Weiman study Summary: “Science” just published (May 13, 2011) a fascinating article:  Improved Learning in a Large Enrollment Physics Class, Louis Deslauriers, Ellen Schelew, and Carl Wieman Carl is a Physics Noble prize winner, now working in science education.  The article is on an experiment they did in physics education. They waited Read More …

Unconferencing again: TeachMeets

More on UnConferencing: UnConferencing meets Teacher Professional Development In the posts on MirandaNet about the axing of BECTA one of the contributors, Leon Cych posted this comment: I’d much rather see teachers who have developed “open” expertise, sharing it with each other at a social event in a transparent way, rather than traditional models of Read More …

Kathy Sierra and Thoughts on Professional Development

I have several times wondered what had happened to Kathy Sierra.  We used her blog post Crash Course in Learning Theory with several courses to try to break people out of merely parroting “Constructivism, Behavourism and usually one other” with poorly examined definitions and application. I stumbled upon this post from Gardner Campbells blog Gardner Read More …

Too much on the go

The initial rush is just about to die down here, with the start to courses here at Canterbury.  here are just to many things backed up. The Australasian Horizon Report The Horizon report was interesting. The report is based around six types of emerging technology/applications that these guys (a panel of 45 on the advisory Read More …

End of Long Dark Tunnel

Basically, I can now look ahead. Our UCTL integration is complete (except that they are thinking of moving our new buddies at the Learning Skills Centre further away and out of the middle of Campus), we have a website (nearly releaseable), the LMS review committee is moving along, we have a wiki to play with, Read More …

Launch of the FLLinNZ staff development toolkit.

Confirmed.  Ten minutes ago: 19th October 2007.  Access Grid. Venues: Auckland | Wellington | Christchurch | Dunedin 3.00pm.  Snacks provided.  3 brief presentations, and plenty of chatter/feedback and conversation. FAQ: What is the Access Grid? It’s a room somewhere in the uni with bandwidth to burn.  Full duplex video. How do I register? Details coming Read More …