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Using Moodle with a student centred curriculum

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Why moodle?


I got an email today from the excellent Paul Allison asking about the moodle assignment I was actually going to talk about during that presentation and never got around to. Paul shares my concern about Moodle being a platform that can easily lead to a very hierarchical teacher centric approach to online learning. It doesn’t have to be that way, of course, but it’s default separation of roles, separation by topic or week, and linear structure can easily guide you to a checkbox, step by step approach to online learning.

 

Rationale


I want students to be responsible for much of the curriculum that is covered in the course. I particularly don’t want to create a scenario where the students believe that learning happens when the instructor lays out clear objectives that they are to conquer. I understand that many people think of this as contravening best practice, but i tend to think that it creates a power relationship around learning that can lead to students ‘not’ learning when someone isn’t around to sanction it for them. I think of life long learning as a much messier, disjointed struggle than that. I think that if you are trying to prepare students for confronting decision making about a particular topic, then you need to, in some degree, mirror the uncertainty to daily life so that they can practice that decision making with a guide or mentor close to hand. The course is at http://ed366.com if you are interested. The ‘textbook’ for the course is at http://davecormier.pressbooks.com

So i wanted to use moodle, show my students how a discussion forum worked, but i didn’t want to be controlling it


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Bernie, this is our language

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Authentic leaders attract authentic people | SmartBrief

Authentic leaders attract authentic people | SmartBrief | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
Authentic leaders attract authentic people | @SmartBrief https://t.co/ZoNIEn007R #leadership
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Great Interpersonal Skills Can Be Learned

Great Interpersonal Skills Can Be Learned | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
If you feel you just don't have that gift of natural connection, don't worry. Great interpersonal skills can be learned.

You can become aware of others and engage them more naturally and easily than you think. You first need to get over your belief that you're "just not a people person" and that it's not your responsibility to foster teamwork -- just results. You can choose to stick to generating results, but I guarantee they will arrive with more effort and stress than if you had interpersonal skills in your corner in addition to your high intelligence.

Consider Carrie, a successful director of marketing who had been recently hired by a smaller firm from a competitor at great cost. It didn't matter to her new employers that Carrie had changed jobs several times recently because her resume was enviable and her references checked out. She was to marketing what U.S. athlete Jordan Spieth is to golf.

Clients loved her at first, as did her new bosses. However, cracks started to appear shortly after she arrived. Although assertive, focused, and possessing great business instincts, she quickly alienated several younger marketing managers who left to go to other firms.

She once said to a friend, "I'm a marketer. I can't stand managing people and don't have time for small talk."

Sadly for Carrie, her new job came to an end after just three months, not because she wasn't delivering good early results, but because her disinterest in what she called "small talk" had managed to disaffect most of her subordinates and many peers on whom she had to rely to do her job.

Clearly, Carrie was a great hire as long as she could work in essential isolation and have contact with few people.

The days when most businesses would choose to tolerate employees and managers like Carrie are gone. Social media and other forms of digital communication that leave us constantly connected shed light on a growing emphasis on civility and teamwork in hyper competitive markets.

Interpersonal Skills vs. Emotional Intelligence

Other measures of a person's worth to a company increasingly include their "soft skills" and ability to motivate and win the trust of others by relating to them on an authentic and personal basis. These qualities fall under Interpersonal skills and Emotional Intelligence.

Interpersonal skills influence our "likeability" and involve our ability to help ensure our interactions with others result in a mutually positive experience.

According to Dr. Travis Bradberry, Emotional Intelligence, on the other hand, is... the "something" in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results."

Enhancing your interpersonal skills

Choosing to focus the attention on learning great interpersonal skills, I invite you to consider these strategies.

Appreciate soft skills and how they are important to your professional and personal success.
Build plasticity (the ability to change) by getting in touch with your rational brain by teaching your brain new skills. This type of brain training requires you to, among other things, think carefully about your response before you offer it.
Remember that likeability has nothing to do with being easily influenced, being too nice to everyone, and constantly seeking approval. You will alienate people if you constantly put their needs before yours. Likeability is about being empathetic, trustworthy and having an interest in other people's views, whether or not their views mesh with yours.
Train Yourself In the Key Soft Skills

Put yourself in the other person's shoes. Rather than force your ideas or solutions on others because you think they are right, consider the effect of those solutions on your audience.

Consciously choose to smile. I don't mean look perpetually silly or distracted, but gain from studies that confirm people who smile around others win their trust faster and are more likely to attract others to them and their ideas.

Fight the urge to complete other people's sentences. It's natural to want to add your opinion in a discussion. When you let others finish a thought, you are showing respect for their professionalism and views. When you do respond, make sure you aren't just waiting to speak and that you are adding to the conversation at hand.

Praise other people's efforts. Even if you are in competition with them for a promotion or they see you as a threat and want to harm your professional reputation, take the high road. You will be amazed at how effective this can be when done with sincerity.

Be aware of what's going on in your colleagues' lives. You don't need to get nosey, but be aware of important events in their lives. The positive energy you will get in return makes this easy and wise.

Address issues between your team members before they affect others. By drawing on your leadership and active listening skills (plus your business experience) you can help resolve differences between team members on most business-related matters. Rather than stepping aside and letting them square off, show your leadership and confidence to make them part of the same team again.

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Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset

Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals never stop learning new techniques and strategies to hone their craft and remain on the cutting edge in their field – and so, too, do teachers.

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A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education | Embedding Media | Creativity

A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education | Embedding Media | Creativity | Student Happiness | Scoop.it

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/what-you-should-know-about-blogging/

 

https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/put-your-title-in-here/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/practice-using-blogs-for-home-work-to-get-ict-skills-and-creativity/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/practice/

 


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Healthy Eating for Tertiary Students | Medical Recruitment

Eating well when you start university can be a challenge, but it's possible to be healthy when you are busy and on a budget.

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Privacy: How To See All The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook — And Block Them

Privacy: How To See All The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook — And Block Them | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
If you're using Facebook, you're giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.

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Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:21 PM

What you need to know...

Kymberley E. Pelky's curator insight, January 31, 2014 2:46 PM

I know I'm not keeping up with everything I could be doing to protect my privacy, but I'm hoping to use this information to help.

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Five Ways Our Lives Could Change Drastically In The Next 5 Years

Five Ways Our Lives Could Change Drastically In The Next 5 Years | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
RIGHT now, at the beginning of 2014, we collectively know more than any generation did at any other time. Our world is now wired to create and collect mountains of data: through our publications, social network updates, video uploads, and tweets, the sensors surrounding us, and the supply chains that make our economy run.

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This is a great article about our immediate future - and hopeful!

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7 Awesome Visual Alternatives to Google Docs

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, January 31, 2014 11:49 AM

Google Docs is pretty cool, but sometimes you want something a little different. 

Елена Ремизова's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:58 AM

7 возможностей визуализации, альтернативы Google

Annie M Herbert's curator insight, February 2, 2014 6:11 PM

I want to add these to my Symbaloo organizer I learned about at the DE workshop I attended Friday. 

 

Great!

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Think about it, Believe in it... Take it into action... Materialise it

Think about it, Believe in it... Take it into action... Materialise it | Student Happiness | Scoop.it

 

“A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.”

                                                                          — David Gergen 

 


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7 Skills students need for their future - YouTube

Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a "global achievement gap," which is the leap between what eve...

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* 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

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Blended Learning 2.0: A Visual Guide For Teachers [Infographic]

Blended Learning 2.0: A Visual Guide For Teachers [Infographic] | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
There are a few key stages of proper implementation that you should know if you're looking to start climbing the blended learning 2.0 tree.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 27, 2013 3:14 PM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Blended+Learning...

 

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Maha Bali's curator insight, December 8, 2013 5:32 AM

good infograpphic about blended learning and the process - good for visual folks

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10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom

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10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, November 28, 2013 2:49 PM

Two sides of the story presented in this post.

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7 Habits of Highly Authentic People (That They Don’t Talk About) - Hack Spirit

7 Habits of Highly Authentic People (That They Don’t Talk About) - Hack Spirit | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
Those who live truly authentic lifestyles are few and far between. With the influence of society and pressure from those around us, life can be a constant battle between living how we want to live and living how others feel we should live. Highly authentic people throw society’s expectations out the window. They are genuinely

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Empathy In Leadership: Its Place In The Workplace

Empathy In Leadership: Its Place In The Workplace | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
By SHAHRAN MASOOD,

 

John C. Maxwell once said, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”

 

However, in this modern day and age where everything revolves around "me-ism", is there a place left for empathy in leadership?

 

Below are the seven benefits of empathy in organisations:

Empathy helps to create a positive organisational culture based on openness and understanding.Understanding the intentions, feelings and thoughts of others help leaders become more in tuned with their team’s successes and failures.Creates authentic connection between people.Allows for true feedback and fuels objective decision-making.Without an emphatic leader, employees internalise their problems and then externalise them in inappropriate ways.Helps create an atmosphere of cooperation in any environment.Emphatic leaders are motivated to make more decisions that reflect the common good.

 


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Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015 | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
Check out the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning around Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning and Partnerships in Learning.

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Student Happiness | Scoop.it

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership.


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Judith Morais's curator insight, January 10, 2015 6:14 PM

This activity develops questioning skills that will fit in nicely with my focus on developing reciprocal reading strategies.  

Carey Leahy's curator insight, January 15, 2015 6:00 AM

To extend, reflect and consider - the concept is great.

Crystal Steele Joyce's curator insight, January 15, 2015 9:22 PM

I absolutely love how simple this is and yet can be so effective!

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This chart can change your mindset and unlock new learning opportunities

This chart can change your mindset and unlock new learning opportunities | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
This chart helps lay out the basic idea behind changing your mindset. You can use a 'fixed' or a 'growth' mindset to enhance your life. Which will you choose?

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Paul Avila's curator insight, November 30, 2013 9:33 PM

This chart can be used for students as a guideline for the right mindset in dealing with their education. Students need the right mindset to achieve in schools and avoid the mental barriers preventing them from growth. I would probably use this chart in the beginning of the school year to show what I expect from my students.  This could be useful for the less motivated students in the class.

Tahar Mehenni's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:06 AM

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Christina Chavez-Reyes's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:33 PM

For college students, developing a 21st-century mindframe is crucial to establishing a healthy work and personal life. This chart gives one a perspective on what behaviors one can cultivate as a professional.

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Healthy Eating for Tertiary Students | Medical Recruitment

Eating well when you start university can be a challenge, but it's possible to be healthy when you are busy and on a budget.

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The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:53 PM

I'm thinking of a book display..."Your Brain on Fiction"

LaDawna Harrington's curator insight, January 24, 2014 12:54 PM

Educators need to consider this article in light of common core and the push for informational texts. We CANNOT give up good fiction.

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12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
Kim Phillips shares the 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People.

 

Ever wonder what makes those wacky, creative types tick? How is it that some people seem to come up with all kinds of interesting, original work while the rest of us trudge along in our daily routines?

 

Creative people are different because they operate a little differently.



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K'Ailene M. McGlothen's curator insight, February 3, 2014 2:13 PM

Interesting article celebrating the unique traits of creative people.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 4, 2014 11:33 AM

good list!

Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 22, 2014 8:47 PM

The soul of creativity is...imagination!

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The Future of E-Ducation Report

The Future of E-Ducation Report | Student Happiness | Scoop.it

Technology is having an unprededented impact on education; its future is being shaped by current and emerging technologies that are drastically changing the way in which learning and teaching are expreienced.

The Paper draws on many of the case studies from SVC2UK 2013 and explores what the future is likely to look like for teachers and students.


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Les Howard's curator insight, February 3, 2014 9:15 AM

Interesting paper looking at the future of education and some of the implications.

Laura Rosillo's curator insight, June 14, 2014 7:17 AM

Buena selección de artículos sobre el futuro de la educación

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, June 16, 2014 6:28 PM

Where is technology taking us in Higher Ed? Here's one vision, from the UK

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❂ Reflection for Resilience ✤

❂ Reflection for Resilience ✤ | Student Happiness | Scoop.it

 

Resiliency is about handling stress, uncertainty and setbacks well — in other words, maintaining equilibrium under pressure.

 

And in our modern lives, whether we are at school, at work, or at home, there is no shortage of pressure.

 

Maintaining our equilibrium is something, it seems, we all need these days.

 

There is something you can do — everyday if you would like — to help build your resilience, your capacity to weather stressful events.

 

It's journalling.

 

Keeping a journal can foster resiliency.

 

CCL recommends using "learning journals" or "reflection journals" as tools for gaining insight into your leadership experiences.

 

The process of writing and reflection builds self-awareness, encourages learning and opens the door to adaptability.

 

The form and content of your journal is a matter of individual choice. However, when you do sit down to make a journal entry about an experience that has challenged your equilibrium, we recommend it have three parts:

 

 

✤ The event or experience.

Describe what occurred as objectively as possible.

Don't use judgmental language.

Stick to the facts.

What happened?

Who was involved?

When did it happen?

Where did it happen?

 

 

✤ Your reaction.

Describe your reaction to the event as factually and objectively as possible.

What did you want to do in response to the event?

What did you actually do?

What were your thoughts?

What were your feelings?

 

 

✤ The lessons.

Think about the experience and your reaction to it.

What did you learn from the event and from your reaction to it?

Did the event suggest a development need you should address?

Do you see a pattern in your reactions?

Did you react differently than in the past during similar experiences and does that suggest you are making progress or backsliding on a valuable leadership competency?

 

 

So remember, capture the event or experience in objective language, describe your reaction, then note the lessons you might get from it.

 

CCL uses journaling as part of almost all our leadership development program experiences and we emphasize with our participants that learning doesn't come from the "doing" but in the "reflecting on the doing."

 

 

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 14, 2014 10:37 PM

This is a great article.

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Roger Sommerville's curator insight, February 18, 2014 2:44 AM

I find it hard to spend the time on making a journal work. I suspect it is because I have not thought about resilience and reaction to situations. The short lists here provide a useful guide - and by focusing on my reaction I can give my self a chance to use demanding events/situations more productively. 

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This chart can change your mindset and unlock new learning opportunities

This chart can change your mindset and unlock new learning opportunities | Student Happiness | Scoop.it
This chart helps lay out the basic idea behind changing your mindset. You can use a 'fixed' or a 'growth' mindset to enhance your life. Which will you choose?

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Paul Avila's curator insight, November 30, 2013 9:33 PM

This chart can be used for students as a guideline for the right mindset in dealing with their education. Students need the right mindset to achieve in schools and avoid the mental barriers preventing them from growth. I would probably use this chart in the beginning of the school year to show what I expect from my students.  This could be useful for the less motivated students in the class.

Tahar Mehenni's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:06 AM

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Christina Chavez-Reyes's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:33 PM

For college students, developing a 21st-century mindframe is crucial to establishing a healthy work and personal life. This chart gives one a perspective on what behaviors one can cultivate as a professional.