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 …

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 …

Starting out in Moodle 2.0+

I’ve now completed a few small pilot training sessions in Moodle 2 .0. Some general comments: The same: Workflow: Edit mode on, the Add resources/Add activities dropdowns, the icons, Sections Forums (the bug with Q&A forums is still there) Groups/groupings (except for new site wide groups aka cohorts) Different Navigation in the new Navigation block Read More …