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Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination - Association for Psychological Science

Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination - Association for Psychological Science | Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Currently working on a way to reduce the gap between good intentions and action in our undergraduate students. Current plans include students volunteering to pre-commit to draft deadlines and sharing those deadlines on social media (no-one likes to lose face!). Could also explore the role of different assignment types and intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation in academic procrastination

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How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online

How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online | Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Patricia Daniels, flea palmer, Tracey Lloyd
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Synthesis Blog: Is MUSIC Effective?

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So it's time for my synthesis! In this blog I will summarise the research I have found for each of the MUSIC Model factors and how they interlink/relate to one another. As a note: I have bolded whe...
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Tony Wagner’s Seven Survival Skills

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Tony Wagner’s Seven Survival Skills  as defined by business leaders in their own words

 

 CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING

“The idea that a company’s senior leaders have all the answers and can solve problems by themselves has gone completely by the wayside…The person who’s close to the work has to have strong analytic skills. You have to be rigorous: test your assumptions, don’t take things at face value, don’t go in with preconceived ideas that you’re trying to prove.”
—Ellen Kumata, consultant to Fortune 200 companies

Jill Williams's insight:

Can blogging as assessment  fit with the needs of big employers? 

 

Dr. Tony Wagner of Harvard's Change Leadership Group  identified a "global learning gap" - a deficit between university teaching and essential workplace skills of the future.

 

He believes that the skills for continuous learning and the skills for a sucessful career are the same:

- Critical thinking and problem-solving

- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence

- Agility and adaptability

- Initiative and entrepreneurialism

- Effective oral and written communication

- Accessing and analyzing information

- Curiosity and imagination

 

 I believe most of these skills fit well with blogging as a course assessment.  Give students autonomy to decide on exact topic  - this promotes curiosity, critical assessment, sharing & collaboration with peers and the wider online world ...and they can take pride in your blog as a career-enhancing online presence and a valuable addition to their CV. Let students challenge themselves in a topic in which they feel competent, find ways to communicate findings in an effective and engaging way to those naive to their topic and adapt to peer critique.


Ultimately, encourage students to reflect on their learning and then, when it comes to employment or postgrad study, recognise and big up the skills they have honed. Not all assessment methods were created equal! 

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