Mainly about the practice of teaching and the experience of learning.
Used to be "Recent Reflection", but I've given up on the "reflection" business--it's so dilute, it's homeopathic.
16 December 2012
Items to Share: 16 December
Contract grading, Part 1Part 2: two interesting posts from the You're the Teacher blog on using learning contracts, with particular reference to the fit with assessment schemes. I and my colleagues have been using learning contracts for fifteen years or more--the difference in our practice is that students don't work from a apparent "assessment menu". We use them to put the ball in their court--they tell us what they are planning to produce to show that they have met required outcomes.
Asynchronous Art History: Teaching Online with Picasso "By design, the asynchronous discussion board forum allows the student
ample time to answer the question effectively. When an instructor
lectures in a traditional classroom, students usually do not have time
to reflect on the instructor’s questions, which can often be met with
blank stares (and complementary cricket sounds) or the “What do you want
me to see?” response. The asynchronous nature of online courses
provides students ample time to consider their own knowledge of the
topic as well as refer to their course materials when constructing their