Building global learning communities Thomas Cochranea*, Ilona Buchemb, Mar Camachoc, Catherine Cronind, Averill Gordone and Helen Keeganf aCentre for Learning and Teaching, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand; bDepartment of Economics and Social Sciences, Beuth University, Berlin, Germany; cDepartament de Pedagogia, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalunya, Spain; dDepartment of Information Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; eDepartment of Communications, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand; fAcoustics, Digital Media and Audio Engineering, Salford University, Manchester, UK Abstract
Three-Cornered Things Buckyballs are remarkable structures, and not just to mathematicians. In chemistry, a buckyball—more correctly, a spherical fullerene—is a molecule of carbon atoms forming a hollow spherical “shell.” Many sizes and configurations are possible (and stable!), but due to Carbon’s chemical properties they always have a few common characteristics: the faces are rings of 5 or 6 carbon atoms, and each carbon atom bonds to 3 others. The most commonly occurring one, buckminsterfullerene, is made with 60 carbon atoms in the shape of a soccer ball: These molecules were named after architect Richard Buckminster Fuller due to their resemblance to his famous geodesic domes. BlendKit Course Introduction The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning developed by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and available for self-study or for group use. Periodically, these materials will also be used as the basis for a facilitated open, online course.
Simulating What You See Simulating What You See written by Doug Brown and Wolfgang Christian This conference proceedings paper describes how the Tracker video analysis and modeling program enables students to create particle model simulations based on Newton's laws and to compare their behavior directly with that of real-world objects captured on video. Tracker's "model builder" provides a gentle introduction to dynamic modeling by making it easy to define and modify force expressions, parameter values and initial conditions while hiding the numerical algorithm details. Best Practices « SHSUOnline Blog Welcome to the Best Practices for Teaching online or as we like to call it: Strategies for Success in your Online Course page. No matter what tool you use or technological journey you embark upon, is the method and not the medium that will help you ensure success in the online, face-to-face and hybrid courses you are teaching. These best practices/strategies will help you with organization, communication, time saving, assessment as well as many other areas. Just looking at this list of best practices, it is easy to understand how you might feel overwhelmed.
Using Video for Social Learning Video can be an engaging content medium, when done professionally, for social learning and sharing knowledge. As we can see online education has grown nearly 25 percent in the past four years, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, this may also suggest the public’s interest in video as a learning tool. Video can also be easily deployed to virtual teams and the general public to: Instruct on a product or processConvey complex subject matterTell an interesting story A Letter to Students and Parents I began writing my course audit for AP Biology this week, which is always a fun thing to do. Part of my course description includes a short letter to parents and students at the beginning, so they have glimpse of my philosophy on the class and school. I also looked back at a course audit I had written for AP Chemistry my first year of teaching.
International Education News l The PIE News l 2020: Demand for HE to outpace international student mobility Improved domestic provision of higher education, increased intraregional student mobility and the overall growth of Transnational Education (TNE), will meet the growing demand for higher education in 2020 say over 20 global higher education leaders. “TNE variants may prove to be a more prudent recruitment vehicle than relying only on international students” Growth in global HE international enrolments will decline from 5-6% to 1.4% annually in 2020 as demand in the developed world slows and supply in BRIC countries increases, the paper claims. Major destinations such as France, Germany and New Zealand are already experiencing this: their international enrolments grew by less than 10% from 2005 to 2010. “In practical terms I don’t think it means anything dramatic.
Example 4: Online Journal Rubric - ELC Support One use of an online journal is to facilitate the documentation of knowledge you are constructing throughout the course. It will help you take control of and direct your own learning experience, identify what you have learned, what questions you have, and what you would like to know more about. You should not only reflect on knowledge gained through materials and discussion, but also new ideas to explore feedback from others. Teachers Tweeting Teachers: Building a Community of Practice through Twitter During a leadership team (LT) meeting of the San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) in January 2012 we were talking about digital tools and the ways that teachers—and all of us are teachers—use or don’t use online forums for communication. We have had this discussion before as we continue to explore ways to stay connected without (or in addition to) face-to-face meetings. And in spite of this wish for digital connections, we have found that many teachers, including many of us in this group, really don’t participate in online forums.