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The lessons @Chuxiong 2011

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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…

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Traditional Instruction vs “Deliberate Practice” (Part 1)

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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…

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Becoming a Learning Organisation: it’s the habits that count

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Becoming a Learning Organisation: it’s the habits that count

I had a brief meeting this with several people from an organisation looking at how to help move the organisation into a future as a ‘learning organisation’. I don’t think it is as clear cut as this: the group does have a significant history and has acheived some good things. They have some capacity to…

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Kathy Sierra and Thoughts on Professional Development

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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…

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What makes a good teacher?

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What makes a good teacher?

A fraught question indeed!! This list from the ROTP project, used in teaching/teacher evaluation: “The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) was developed as an observation instrument to provide a standardized means for detecting the degree to which K-20 classroom instruction in mathematics or science is reformed per the national science and mathematics standards.” The instructional…

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OER and Samoa

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I was supposed to be in Samoa of this week to take a WikiEducator workshop. Unfortunately I was missing one vital piece of information: I need to have more than six months left on my passport to be able to go to board the plane. I only found out this when I arrived at the…

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Facilitatior or Teacher?? (Part One)

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The debate still unresolved. Probably won’t ever be. From Leigh: As I teach and facilitate various online courses this year, a lot of the theories and concepts I subscribe to are getting some hard testing. The biggest challenge I am finding is the expectation for a teacher or instructor while everyone talks about a facilitator….

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“Web 2.0 in ten Minutes” and “Wikis for a Business unit”

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Gave two talks yesterday. The new ITAG (IT advisory group) meets once a month for lunch and an informal catch up on various matters at 0ur institution.  They invited me in to speak about web 2.0 and benefits (And a guy from the web team to talk for 10 minutes about the other side) On…

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