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Teaching & Learning - Teaching Strategies That Help Students Learn - Magna Publications

Teaching & Learning - Teaching Strategies That Help Students Learn - Magna Publications | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
What skills do you wish your students had prior to taking your course? Most students could benefit from taking a course in learning how to learn.
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While I don't agree with some of the strategies suggested there are enough useful ideas in this list to warrant consideration.  Make up your own mind if the ebook purchase is warranted.

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Classroom participation startup Top Hat Monocle strengthens its team with addition of elite CFO and CPO

Classroom participation startup Top Hat Monocle strengthens its team with addition of elite CFO and CPO | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Toronto-based classroom education startup Top Hat Monocle takes a contrarian position on students’ smartphones. Rather than insist that they put them away, which we all know is a losing proposition...
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U Tennessee's New Classrooms Focus on Student-Centric Learning -- Campus Technology

U Tennessee's New Classrooms Focus on Student-Centric Learning -- Campus Technology | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT) has completed a $3.5 million redesign of its Humanities and Social Sciences building. The renovation supports the university's aim to replace traditional classrooms with new learning spaces that foster collaboration and student-centric learning.

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The university has 36 classrooms all of which have been refitted in much the same way as the "next generation collaborative spaces" at Curtin.

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Lecturers, professors 'uncomfortable' using technology

Lecturers, professors 'uncomfortable' using technology | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Massey University’s Kathryn Mac Callum says many educators in tertiary institutes need more support in technology training.
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Meaning-Centered Education - The Institute for Meaning-Centered Education

Meaning-Centered Education - The Institute for Meaning-Centered Education | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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DNA of a 21st Century Educator Simplified!

During your lifetime you have probably experienced inspirational educators, or witnessed inspiring lectures. But, what about you? Are you such an educator? If n
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This is IMHO probably the BEST I have seen so far, check it out! A MUST read!!!

 

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How might your choice of browser affect your job prospects?

How might your choice of browser affect your job prospects? | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
THE internet browser you are using to read this blog post could help a potential employer decide whether or not you would do well at a job. How might your choice of...
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The Higher Education Teaching and Learning Portal – Advancing Higher

The Higher Education Teaching and Learning Portal – Advancing Higher | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Welcome to the HETL Portal

Welcome to the Official Website of The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL). The mission of HETL is to bring together higher education professionals from around the world to dialogue, network, and collaborate on critical issues relevant to teaching and learning. We welcome you to explore our site and to get involved in our many activities.

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Education in the digital world | Spider | DAWN.COM

Education in the digital world | Spider | DAWN.COM | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Online learning is nothing new. Many schools and universities have been offering some form of virtual education for a few years, either to complement a class or as a full alternative to real life interaction in a classroom.


Many universities, such as Stanford and MIT, have made educational material, known as Open Courseware, available. However, in the past year, there has been a major growth in what are known as Massive Online Open Courses or MOOCs.

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The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning - Edudemic

The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning - Edudemic | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Do you know the difference between contemporary and traditional learning and teaching styles? This handy chart breaks it down quite well.
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In short - student-centred authentic activities are the way to go....

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Reflexive Pedagogy - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reflexive Pedagogy - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Reflexivity, on the other hand, is to engage in the moment, to understand the thoughts and feelings of an experience while experiencing that experience.  As a self-reflexive professor, for example, I would evaluate my teaching as I’m teaching.  I wouldn’t wait until the end of a course to see how I’d done or to think about changing my pedagogical strategy.  I would ask some hard questions at the end of each lesson to help understand what I was doing and why I was doing it.  Similarly, when we encourage students to be self-reflexive, we are asking them to understand what they are learning as they are learning.  Additionally, self-reflexivity not only allows students to understand what they learned but why they learned it.

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How effective is the professional development undertaken by teachers?

How effective is the professional development undertaken by teachers? | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Our blogger gives his opinion on how professional development can be both useful and cost effective

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catspyjamasnz's curator insight, March 18, 2013 8:32 AM

This article makes the case for networked staff development:

 

process of training must start with a clear identification of need. Pupils work better knowing the purpose of learning, and so do we!

 

Secondly, once the need is clearly identified, teachers need to access expertise both within school and from outside. Training that fails to take in to account local knowledge and context is likely to be irrelevant, less effective, and poorly received in the same way that teaching that ignores pupil's own knowledge is ineffective.

External expertise matters to avoid group think and false glass ceilings, and to make sure precious development time is focused on genuinely effective approaches.

 

training has to be sustained. Once they've tried it out they need to access the expertise again on several occasions to build their own confidence, correct misunderstandings, and overcome barriers.

 

 

Lastly, professional development has to be active and collaborative. Us teachers are just as prone to tuning out of a "lecture" and contemplating lunch instead as any pupil.

Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:47 AM

The essence is this: "... the good news is that great teacher learning is a remarkably similar beast to the great pupil learning". The article then explains how great teacher training starts with asking teachers for their needs and then designing your offer (rather than the other way around and starting with the courses you have). (@pbsloep)

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Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas

Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas By: Di Xu & Shanna Smith Jaggars Abstract

Using a dataset containing nearly 500,000 courses taken by over 40,000 community and technical college students in Washington State, this study examines how well students adapt to the online environment in terms of their ability to persist and earn strong grades in online courses relative to their ability to do so in face-to-face courses. While all types of students in the study suffered decrements in performance in online courses, some struggled more than others to adapt: males, younger students, Black students, and students with lower grade point averages. In particular, students struggled in subject areas such as English and social science, which was due in part to negative peer effects in these online courses.


http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/publications/adaptability-to-online-learning.html

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Is Higher Education the Next Bubble? I Hope so

Is Higher Education the Next Bubble? I Hope so | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
We want our children to be innovative problem-solvers, but we are educating them in a way that discourages creative thinking.
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Slide2Learn 2013 Google Apps EDU Connecting Learners - Google Drive

Slide2Learn 2013 Google Apps EDU Connecting Learners - Google Drive | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Learning Futures: Emerging technologies, pedagogies, and contexts

Slides from an invited speech given to the Technology in Higher Education Conference, National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. 16 April, 2013.
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Higher education needs to build global learning communities

Higher education needs to build global learning communities | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Universities must do more to help students develop as global citizens. Virtual global learning communities could be the answer, say Patrick Blessinger and Olga Kovbasyuk
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JSTOR: Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013

JSTOR: Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013 | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The inaugural issue of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the official publication of the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), is now available online and in print.

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HomeDumb Cuts. Dumber Country | Restore funding to our universities and their students

HomeDumb Cuts. Dumber Country | Restore funding to our universities and their students | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

On Saturday 13 April 2013, the newly appointed Minister for Tertiary Education, Dr Craig Emerson, announced $2.3b in budget savings from the higher education sector to help fund the implementation of the Government’s reforms to school education.

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North

A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In all the discussion about learning management systems, open educational resources (OERs), massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the benefits and challenges of online learning, perhaps the most important issues concern how technology is changing the way we teach, and - more importantly - the way students learn. For want of a better term, we call this “pedagogy.”

What is clear is that major changes in the way we teach post-secondary students are being triggered by online learning and the new technologies that increase flexibility in, and access to, post-secondary education.

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Transforming Tertiary Science Education: Improving learning during lectures

This completed Commissioned Project transferred and adapted the successful North American Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI)model to the New Zealand tertiary system.

 

Interventions were used to engage and enhance learning in tertiary science in Biology and Geology courses at the University of Canterbury and Massey University. The results from this study can be applied to different academic disciplines in a variety of tertiary settings, including polytechnics.

 

This project was launched at the University of Canterbury in March 2013

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Modeling: Essential for Learning | Edutopia

Modeling: Essential for Learning | Edutopia | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

By Karen Lea

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"Showing students by demonstrating your thinking process in figuring out how to solve a problem will help them learn better than simply telling them how to do it, educator Karen Lea writes in this blog post. Lea offers two examples of reading lessons for fourth and sixth grades to describe how to model for students. "It is the teacher doing while involving the students in the thinking, the doing and all aspects of the process," Lea writes"


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The process of modelling is a key educational skill that educators at all levels must master and demonstrate.  It is no less necessary in Higher Education than it is in K-12 and must be employed regardless of the learning context - face-to-face, online, blended, MOOC...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:32 PM

This is an important and overlooked aspect of learning. What do we do when we learn?

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Australian universities dedicate positions to working with rankings groups | Inside Higher Ed

Australian universities dedicate positions to working with rankings groups | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Rankings are an input into strategy, they don't drive it,"



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The obvious next step is engineering artifical solutions to the criteria...  need a better research output index? Easy, change the reproting systems to create better figures, or reclassify staff who have limited research opportunities in their workload model...

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Knowmad Society

Knowmad Society | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
In a world driven by exponential accelerating technological and social change, globalization, and a push for more creative and context-driven innovations, how can we ensure the success of ourselves as individuals, communities, and the planet?

 

Knowmads are nomadic knowledge workers –creative, imaginative, and innovative people who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas industrialization required people to settle in one place to perform a very specific role or function, the jobs associated with knowledge and information workers have become much less specific concerning task and place. Moreover, technologies allow for these new paradigm workers to work within a broader options of space, including “real,” virtual, or many blended. Knowmads can instantly reconfigure and recontextualize their work environments, and greater mobility is creating new opportunities.

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D.B.'s curator insight, March 20, 2013 11:57 AM

Adaptin to our global environemnt - 

Phyllis Smith's curator insight, June 16, 2013 2:05 PM

Future success depends on knowing where everything is going.