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#15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 8: Time is precious, so try to avoid ‘re-inventing the wheel’ by reading about learning and teaching and learning from your colleagues. Sometimes it’s worth reflecting on how many of our colleagues ended up involved in this rather strange world of higher education teaching, since teaching may not, in reality, have been the thing that motivated many to work in the sector.

#15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 8: Time is precious, so try to avoid ‘re-inventing the wheel’ by reading about learning and teaching and learning from your colleagues

Some of us may have started out very much focused on our research, and have had teaching commitments foisted upon us. Some may have become involved in teaching whilst we were post-graduate research students. This was certainly how I first started teaching – I needed the money and an opportunity to do some teaching part-time on adult education courses provided a good ‘fit’ with my study commitments. Some of our colleagues have entered higher education from practice in professional, public sector or commercial (private) business settings. Teaching and Learning Research Summaries: A collection for easy access. There are several superb summaries of educational research that have been compiled into easily accessible websites and articles in pdf format that can be read online and shared with staff.

Teaching and Learning Research Summaries: A collection for easy access.

Although they are easy to find via an internet search, I am pulling them together into one place for easy access. I’ll keep adding to it as I find things and when people make suggestions: John Dunlosky: Strengthening the Student Toolbox. Knowing what they know. The thing I wish every teacher knew about technology is... Authors-discuss-new-book-effective-use-eportfolios#.WKLqBe20Az0. About half of all colleges report some use of ePortfolios, in which students create a digital archive that tracks their learning progress and demonstrates knowledge and skills gained in college.

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But are colleges and their students all engaged in best practices? Probably not, suggests a new book, High-Impact ePortfolio Practice: A Catalyst for Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning (Stylus). The authors are two educators at community colleges of the City University of New York: Bret Eynon, associate provost of LaGuardia Community College (a pioneer in ePortfolios) and Laura M. Gambino, associate dean for assessment and technology Guttman Community College. Via email, they answered questions about their new book. Q: ePortfolios aren't new. A: There’s a lot that’s new. ePortfolio technology is becoming more fluid, supporting creative design and visual storytelling. Q: You both work at community colleges. A: The two word answer is “professional development.” E-Learning Development Team. Get started | Index | How to use Introduction.

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6 Steps to Transition to Digital - Teacher Tech. When you’re moving to digital platforms and students having devices, what do you do first?

6 Steps to Transition to Digital - Teacher Tech

Not Materials Online Your first move is NOT to just post all your documents online. Nor is it to make a bunch of videos of you teaching. 10 Simple Ways to Promote Staff Collaboration in your School - Eoin Lenihan Education. What’s the dif? Personalization, differentiation, individualization SmartBlogs. During a recent parent-teacher conference for my fourth-grader, the teacher said she had been differentiating instruction for my child.

What’s the dif? Personalization, differentiation, individualization SmartBlogs

I wasn’t sure exactly what she meant by differentiation. Language teachers and research – Of growth seekers and I-know-best autocrats. Framing digital capabilities for staff – deliverables. Now that these deliverables from the ‘framework’ project have been nicely designed by Jisc, I can share them with everyone who has been involved – and with those of you who are just interested to know more.

Framing digital capabilities for staff – deliverables

Apart from the six elements themselves – which have been through an extensive process of consultation – the remaining resources are examples of what could be done with the six elements and are not meant to be definitive. Feel free to adapt and adopt them to your own setting. Further blog posts will follow about embedding these outcomes institutionally, and about the work that is ongoing with Jisc’s partner organisations.

Digital capability: the 6 elements: high level framework with brief background describing its development from an earlier Jisc model. Collaborative-multiauthors-multiculture Education. When WE use Social-Media, especially Twitter, lots of users know already about a PLN (Personal [Professional] LEARNing Network) and through it WE get a MASS of information on a daily base.

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So, not easy at all when people don’t know how-to organize that information… Click image ===> What is a PLN? Flipping the flipped classroom. For a while now, the paradigm of ‘flipping’ the classroom and reversing the way teachers and lecturers traditionally approach developing students knowledge has been gaining quite a lot of credence in educational circles.

Flipping the flipped classroom

The flipped classroom has been made popular by Salman Khan and the Khan Academy and is based around the concept of students getting the input they would traditionally receive from the lecture or lesson in the form of videos or set texts that they study before class. Then in the classroom they do more practical work (similar to the kinds of tasks they would usually do as homework) while the teacher monitors and acts as support. There’s a lot to be said for this approach, especially in the traditional lecture based classroom, but for us as communicative language teachers I often wonder if this is really anything new. I’ve known teachers for years who have been setting grammar study as homework and then doing the more practical communicative tasks in the classroom.

Copyright & Attribution – a mistake = lesson learned! Straight to the point ….

Copyright & Attribution – a mistake = lesson learned!

We all make mistakes! Mistakes are OK, mistakes help us learn! However, sometimes, these mistakes can be avoided and last week I made a mistake that should have been avoided and I was (thankfully) held accountable to it. I used an image without citing its source. Image source: Statistician explores how faculty can excel in blended learning environments. Want to be rated an excellent instructor by your students? Facilitate learning, show respect for students and communicate well and you are virtually guaranteed to get an overall rating of excellent, irrespective of anything else. The University of Central Florida's Chuck Dziuban said this unbreakable rule is based on data mined from 1.2 million end-of-course student evaluations of their professors and instructors. If the students rate them excellent in all three of those categories, they will inevitably be rated as excellent overall.

Dziuban explained this and more about today's blended learning environment in a recent speech entitled "Teaching and Learning in an Evolving Educational Environment. " His public talk was sponsored by Emory's Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (QuanTM). "It changes; it morphs. At UCF, "we have 60,000 students and growing. The unbundled classroom. E-Learning Development Team. Reading List: Using Social Media for Research Collaboration and Public Engagement. The bulk of discussion around why academics use social media primarily focuses on social media as a dissemination strategy to get more citations and views of scholarly articles. But social media has also opened up new and exciting ways for researchers to collaborate online. Following an exchange on Twitter, we volunteered to pull together a reading list of posts on how researchers are using social media for collaboration and public engagement purposes.

Global Connections: Powerful PD with Craig Kemp – PTE011. It’s powerful Professional Development and it’s right in the palm of your hands. Top Tips and Insights for Connecting Globally with Craig Kemp. CLICK PLAY & LISTEN NOW + SUBSCRIBE : ITUNES – RSS – STITCHER (It’s Free) Show Guest – Craig Kemp. Key Issues in Language Teaching #1: influences on curriculum design. Professor Jack Richards joins us this week for an exciting webinar on teaching beyond the classroom – sign up here! – and over the next five days, we’ll be sharing a short series of extracts from his new book. Key Issues in Language Teaching is a comprehensive and extensively researched overview of the key issues in language teaching today, available in paperback and soon as an enhanced ebook with embedded video content.

The book surveys a broad range of core topics that are essential in understanding contemporary approaches to teaching English as a second or international language, and which form the content of many professional development courses for language teachers. In this extract, Jack looks at influences on the design of language courses. Getting Technology Right in Schools – A Word with José Picardo. An interview with José Picardo, Assistant Principal, exploring technology implementation at Surbiton High School ALT: What was the strategic technological framework adopted by your institution? JP: In too many schools the strategy is “we need to use more ICT” — often responding to a critical inspection. It always seems logical to pass the technology baton to ICT “experts”.

This appears to be the wrong way to go: those making technology decisions need to understand pedagogy. A growing number of schools appoint specialist teaching staff to oversee digital strategy. 6 Excellent YouTube Channels Created by Inspired Teachers. Outstanding Math, Science, Art, History, and Social Studies Content for Flipped, Blended, or Traditional Classrooms! A HUGE “THANKS!” To Hip Hughes, who responded to a tweet I wrote the other day seeking great YouTube channels created by teachers. How to Connect With Other Teachers in the Social Age. In the 2012 Primary Sources Survey conducted by Scholastic and The Gates Foundation, teacher respondents claimed to spend only about 4% of each day collaborating with colleagues, while 44% of teachers surveyed responded that they would like that collaboration time to increase.

Traditionally, the teaching profession has been an isolating one—if you’re not spending every minute at school teaching classes, tutoring during your breaks, or covering someone else’s class, then you’re likely spending that time disciplining, administrating testing, or scrambling to the microwave to reheat leftovers during your 15-minute lunch break. What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything? Can’t remember the name of the two elements that scientist Marie Curie discovered? Or who won the 1945 UK general election? Or how many light years away the sun is from the earth? #nextpractice Webinars - ULD.

HEROES & VILLAINS: AN ACADEMIC HONESTY AND INTEGRITY WEBSITE. Read the information below first, as it will inform you of what to expect from working through this site. Five reasons why you should 'do digital' Innovation in Action - Overview. Breaking down digital. I was delighted to be asked to keynote at the Designs on eLearning conference last month. It’s run by my group based at UAL and Penn State with a different host institution each year. This time it was Texas State with Claudia Roeschmann et al doing an excellent job bringing us all together. Why lesson observation should be aimed at learning and not teaching. Alternative Formats. A significant advantage of technology is the ability to go beyond text and print, the staple diet of much education. Text in digital format allows enormous flexibility which benefits disabled learners.

No format is universally accessible. For instance, converting text into speech may work well for someone with a visual impairment but would be useless for someone with a hearing impairment. What is important is the ability to source any content in a variety of alternative formats when the current format presents a barrier to use. There are many different reasons why people may struggle to read printed books. Twitter Chats. 5 Reasons why educators should embrace autonomy in schools. Instead of an AUP, how about an EUP (Empowered Use Policy)?  Jisc TechDis. A student’s lecture to professors. Can students teach their lecturers a thing or two?

Austin Fitzhenry thinks so. Teaching languages with technology: tools that help students become fluent. Peer Observation of Teaching. Welcome to ds106. Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers? Classroom practice - Teach students to set themselves free - news. Professor samr model e learning.

Don’t want to imagine a teaching world without Twitter. Plus de 50h de vidéo sur les usages du numérique dans l’éducation. Effective Practice in the use of ELT @ DMU. Effective Practice in the use of ELT @ DMU.