well here we are in April and hopefully the students are beginning to enjoy the first semester, either new or back.
I’ve always been interested in the thinking behind the use of the terms instruction, instructional strategies , instructor. For me, the very words seem to support an approach to teaching and learning which is based on I tell, you listen, maybe you will learn. Very instructivist. I’m not sure it’s meant to be that way , however if learning and teaching strategies was the terminology,the interpretation is very different, a whole new field opens up and changes the way one thinks.The new and emerging digital technologies provide powerful tools for contributing to learning environments that involve the learner and teacher in a collaborative endeavour rather than one which subscribes to the baby bird syndrome. Brainstorm over
I think the release of Diana Laurillard’s new book: ‘Teaching as a Design Science:Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology, is very timely. I wait a copy to review. The content certainly looks very interesting and bound to create some controversy.
This months posting includes links to eportfolios, Diana Laurillard’s new book,designing and teaching a course, Google resources,authentic assessment toolbox, best iPad apps for education,apps and tools for collaborative learning, information literacy, moodle tutorials, Thom Reeves new website, conferences and the odd one out.
The next posting May be full of more goodies
1.JISC have just release two new resources providing guidance on large scale e-portfolio implementation