Learning outcomes vs learning opportunities

Learning outcomes vs learning opportunities

“You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink”. This sums up my discomfort with the terminology “learning outcomes” that underpin much curriculum development. Sure, it is usually preceded by the wordy catch-all “on successful completion of this course students will…”, but there seems to be a hot potato of responsibility for achievement sitting just below the surface. In our arguably justifiable discomfort with the traditional concept of the dominance of didactic delivery we are in danger…

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Authentic tasks

Authentic tasks

Using ‘real world’ datasets is a great way to engage students by providing them with an authentic element to their learning experience, as well as familiarizing them with their future environment. The AIHW website stands for “authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing” and provides links to all sorts of health-related databases. Like all good government websites I suspect this will suffer from link rot even before the blog is published. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is a partnership led by…

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Gender influence on student feedback

Gender influence on student feedback

Ben Schmidt’s gendered language in teacher reviews – This interactive chart lets you explore the words used to describe male and female teachers in about 14 million reviews from RateMyProfessor.com. Blog from The London School of Economics and Political Science: Student evaluations of teaching are not only unreliable, they are significantly biased against female instructors.

Creating content

Creating content

GoConqr – Online curation of resources such as images and videos for content, including a repository for user-created resources which may be kept behind an interest group wall. ClassHook – Online curation of popular (some of them anyway) videos classified according to the academic principles they demonstrate. Great for engagement and flipped classrooms.

Evidence-based practice

Evidence-based practice

Annotated bibliographies are things of beauty for anyone undertaking scholarly works. The Science of Learning – brought to you by the Deans for Impact, this short fact-filled document provides not only a summary of recent (to 2015) research in cognitive science but also packages it around six key questions all educators will find useful. They even pooh pooh some common misconceptions about how students learn and think, including the oft-cited ‘students have different learning styles’ trope. Should you add a talking head…

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Reducing the risk of plagiarism

Reducing the risk of plagiarism

Pedagoggles: Exploring teaching practice – strategies from the Centre for Teaching and Learning: Georgian College include assigning a stakeholder point of view, requiring higher level thinking, interviews or oral reports of papers (with questions after!)

Active learning

Active learning

This is an excellent, compelling talk (“Student Engagement: Integrating Active-Learning into Health Science Courses”) by Dr Patrick Brown from ​East Tennessee State University. The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative is a multi-year project at The University of British Columbia aimed at dramatically improving undergraduate science education. Their website is full of useful resources for developing learning activities. There are a particularly useful set of videos about evidence-based activities. Quizlet – provides free, online tools such as flashcards to help students with memorising terms or short answers….

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Free images

Free images

Pixabay – Free to use any way you like, with no acknowledgement required. Photos are contributed by users and as such, you are relying on their confirmation that the images are theirs to share (although the site moderator reviews all contributions). Pexel seems to operate similarly and also turns up a lot of images from pixabay. Freepik – Free to use commercially with acknowledgement Open Clipart – the site owners claim they use the Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Public Domain License (CC0) every time an artist uploads a…

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