Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? Yes, it's complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace.
Connecting STEM with social studies and literature, students discover meaningful collaboration. GUEST COLUMN | by Kimberly Greene Cross-curricular? Critical thinking? How do these rather different educational concepts work together, and why should we want them to be a part of our teaching practice? Let’s start with critical thinking, a skill we must consider to be…
If we want to keep up with the rest of the world, if we want to create new jobs and industries, and if we want to ensure a prosperous future for all Australians, we need to equip ourselves with the skills and knowledge to get great ideas off the ground – and make the most of Australia’s potential.
Universities are central to Australia’s prosperity.
That’s why we need to maintain funding to Australia’s university sector.
VirtCon is a bi-annual conference that brings the Discovery Education community together to hear cutting-edge keynotes, be inspired by thought-provoking presentations, and participate in engaging discussions with the Discovery Education Community around the globe. Streamed live from their headquarters in Maryland, VirtCon provides you with the opportunity to hear from your peers, share ideas and instructional tools, and discover new resources available.
Fall VirtCon Themes
During Fall VirtCon’s ‘Discovery Education in Action’ program you will learn how your peers are using Discovery Education in their classroom, hear how they solve problems, and experience Discovery Education through their eyes.
Conversation Topics: Literacy Through Digital Content Learner Agency & Student Ownership Collaborative STEM Professional Learning Strategies
Each year, ELI surveys the higher education community to determine key issues & opportunities in post-secondary teaching & learning. These key issues serve as the framework, or focal points, for our discussions and programming throughout the coming year. More than 900 community members voted on the following key issues for 2016
Kim Flintoff's insight:
Pleased to say we've already started on every one of these priorities.
Group of university presidents say university lifespan now dependent upon faculty work-life balance options; give list of 10 issues to consider.
The first stage of a faculty career should last 30 years. Then all subsequent stages could come in five-year intervals, with reevaluation at every stage in order to allow for readjustment of career goals.
Sound radical? Not according to Charles Middleton, president of Roosevelt University, Ill., who said this idea would help fit faculty’s desired goals and accomplishments before entering the culminating stage of their career, finally transitioning into early retirement.
New study adds to evidence that student reviews of professors have limited validity.
A number of studies suggest that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable due to various kinds of biases against instructors. (Here’s one addressing gender.) Yet conventional wisdom remains that students learn best from highly rated instructors; tenure cases have even hinged on it.
What if the data backing up conventional wisdom were off? A new study suggests that past analyses linking student achievement to high student teaching evaluation ratings are flawed, a mere “artifact of small sample sized studies and publication bias.”
“Whereas the small sample sized studies showed large and moderate correlation, the large sample sized studies showed no or only minimal correlation between [student evaluations of teaching, or SET] ratings and learning,” reads the study, in press with Studies in Educational Evaluation. “Our up-to-date meta-analysis of all multisection studies revealed no significant correlations between [evaluation] ratings and learning.”
These findings “suggest that institutions focused on student learning and career success may want to abandon SET ratings as a measure of faculty's teaching effectiveness,” the study says.
Charles: It is an unpredictable world. What does it mean for Curriculum?
The unpredictable context requires a paradigm switch so that the goal of education is no longer to impart information but to teach students to navigate an ever-changing world. For this they will need versatility i.e.breadth as a hedge against rapidly changing conditions, an increased capability i.e. depth to engage with complex challenges, along with a diverse set of competencies such as adaptability, increased collaboration between cultures, etc. towards the goal of a sustainable humanity via fulfilled individuals.
A professional learning network (PLN) – it’s something teachers are told about at conferences. It consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from. In PLNs, people connect with other people for the specific purpose of learning something new.
The idea of the PLN has been around at least since Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich published De-Schooling Society, in which he advocated for the de-institutionalisation of education. Illich argued PLNs were essential to this.
Sherry Turkle has gone from gracing the cover of Wired magazine for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication. In her most recent book, “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Ta
The Rigor/Relevance Framework is a tool developed by the International Center to examine curriculum, instruction, and assessment along the two dimensions of higher standards and student achievement. It can be used in the development of both instruction and assessment. In addition, teachers can use it to monitor their own progress in adding rigor and relevance to their instruction, and to select appropriate instructional strategies for differentiating instruction and facilitating higher achievement goals.
The Knowledge Taxonomy (y-axis) is a continuum based on the six levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, which describes the increasingly complex ways in which we think. The low end involves acquiring knowledge and being able to recall or locate that knowledge. The high end labels the more complex ways in which individuals use knowledge, such as taking several pieces of knowledge and combining them in both logical and creative ways.
Academics and journalists have been ordered to give civil servants two days to look over any research they plan to publish from the national pupil database in a move that some fear will shut down rapid scrutiny of government policy.
Researchers were informed yesterday that any analysis produced using statistics from the national pupil database (NPD) must be shared with department officials 48 hours before publication.
The department said the change would ensure policy officials and press officers are not “caught off guard” when data is published.
Kim Flintoff's insight:
Is this really how Open Data strategies are supposed to work?
I’ve long been in favor of teachers visiting each other’s classrooms, and not just for the purpose of evaluation. For many of us in higher ed, what we do in the classroom is professional activity observed only by our students, and we seldom (or never) get to see how our colleagues go about the work of teaching. Sometimes we’ll be able to read others’ assignments, if they’re posted online or — as in my department — accidentally left in the photocopy machine. But actually watching and learning from in-class activities led by someone else is all too rare, in my experience.
The saying “never trust a skinny chef” has been applied to academia by education entrepreneur Mat Jacobson, who said university lecturers who’ve never run a start-up should not be teaching courses in entrepreneurship.
Jacobson, founder of Dūcere Global Business School, which partners with universities to deliver business degrees that align to industry needs, said when you look into the backgrounds of those teaching entrepreneurship subjects and courses, they’re career academics, not business people.
Eddie Maloney, executive director of Georgetown's Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, makes the case for a new academic discipline built around the study of educational technology, learning analytics and instructional design.
For more than 25 years, Curtin University’s Associate Professor, Iain Murray, has been dedicated to assisting people with vision impairment through the development of assistive technology. It’s this dedication that has earned him an Order of Australia.
The Curtin alumnus, now academic, was named on the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List for his extensive service to people who are vision impaired and for his contribution to education in assistive technology as an academic and researcher.
As trends to do, these are changing almost yearly. Consider how quiet iPads in the classroom have been recently, whereas three years ago they were going to replace teachers and were (unsarcastically) compared to magic. While mobile devices like the iPad can indeed parallel a kind of magic in the learning process, it obviously has to ‘fit’ into a progressive supporting ecology of assessment, curriculum, and instruction.
With that in mind, we’ve created a list of 15 (the graphic plus 3 bonus items below) new ideas every teacher should try. Not all will fit or work–again, it depends on the ecology of the classroom, school, and so on. But each of these ideas below–some learning models, some concepts, and some technologies–can be transformational for students, and your teaching.
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