#reflection on doing assignments

What did I learn today? That group work and assignments can be very rewarding or can get messy, the group I am working in is really pulling together to get everything over the finish line in time. However, some of the student groups I supervise are struggling to act as a group and it is really showing in their output, there is a reduced amount compared to high-functioning groups and the quality is not good.
How was it useful? shows me where we are going right and perhaps apply some of the practices we used to some of my student groups for part two of their projects, things like smartsheet or some other project management tool, a “bonding” exercise?, a few small easily achievable tasks to rebuild confidence.
What thoughts came up? I need to stop every so often and analyse how I feel as a student and relate that to my own students. In every assignment there should be a clear and easy to follow marking scheme which details deliverables, without providing answers of course!
What did you learn? Sometimes as a course progresses the student get pushed to the side in the rush to assess and mark and feed back
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Over the break I will re-assess my assessment timetable fo rthe upcoming semester and see if there are ways to make it more “sympathetic” and more streamlined for feedback.

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#reflection on Group Presentations

What was covered in the session today? The group presentations showed some excellent work by each group and each suitably different.
How was it useful? It showed how every group started "grand" but revised once the project was up and running.
What feelings/thoughts/emotions came up during the session? Made me think about how three groups, composed of different skills, working on different projects, can all have the same issues and challenges.
What did you learn? Groups are "organic", projects are "organic" and the interaction of the two determines the end product.
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Spend a little time thinking/reading about group dynamics and think about how to introduce best practices to my group assessments on my modules.

#reflection on Usability

What was covered in the session today? Usability, Heuristics – thinking of the system from a user point of view.
How was it useful? Reinforced information I had seen on usability – www.useit.com website run by Jakob Nielsen and Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini.
What feelings/thoughts/emotions came up during the session? Reminder of my web design instructional days and how important navigation and feedback are in every model that can be used to assessed usability design.
What did you learn? Design, design, design, keep it simple stoopid
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Review our site and instruction again from a usability point of view. Assess navigation, look at number of clicks to complete a task etc.

#reflect on assessments

What did I learn today? That dynamic assessments are tough to construct. I used a feature of an application to create dynamic variables inside an assessment

How was it useful? Reduces plagiarism, forces the student to think for themselves

What feelings/thoughts/emotions came up during the session?
Hard work but vwry satisfying and I feel it is being fair to the students who try it for themselves

What did you learn? There is no ideal solution.but we can make.it harder to copy which makes it mkre attractive for the student to do their own work

What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Try it again next semester with more randomisation and more advanced options

#reflection on Instructional Design

What did I learn today? That ID is way more than putting boxes in order on a screen, first I need to clearly state the intended learning, almost like start at the end and try work backwards the steps required to get there.. pseudo-socratic???
How was it useful? Don’t lose sight of the goal, very easy to do when designing, the mind gets drawn to and distracted by the cosmetics, the look and feel of the resource.
What thoughts came up ? Stay on track, focus, focus, focus.What did you learn? ID can be a minefield without a good learning map at the start
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Spend some time trying to capture the learning objective, if there is one, in one or two sentences, which should almost repeat throughout the artefact.

#reflection on Teaching Cable Skills

What did I learn today? Teaching first years how to make network cables, no matter how clear you think the instructions are, someone will not understand. The same set of instructions given to 100 people can be heard or understood differently by each of them.
How was it useful? highlights the need to provide the instructions in written format also, make sure the crucial parts are in bold, and maybe get the student to sign to say they have read and understood the instructions – not that it will be brought to a court of law but sometimes a signature helps concentrate the mind…
What feelings/thoughts/emotions came up during the session? Frustrated at first but once I identified the main offenders it was easy to deal with them.
What did you learn? You might not always be able to explain everything on the first attempt, you might need to explain it in multiple ways, multiple times, before it gets through to everyone.
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Next year the group will be briefed the week before, again on the day, and all asked to sign a form to say they have read and understood the instructions. I will also state that marks will be lost for not following instructions..

#reflection on PBL

What I did about today? I read an article on PBL here http://www.ericdigests.org/2002-2/problem.htm
How was it useful? It echoed the assessment I gave to my third years
What feelings/thoughts/emotions came up during the session? It showed that I was trying to help the students learn and provided "backup" to my argument
What did you learn? That it is better as group work
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Adjust the CA for next years class

#reflection on SAMR

What I learn today? Read more on the SAMR model the idea that technology can Substitute Augment Modify and/or Redefine the activity
How was it useful? Provoked me to think about my screencasting idea and check is it truly as innovative as I first thought
What feelings/thoughts/emotions came up during the session? I felt it was a useful way to think about a technology and helps to separate the process from the purpose
What did you learn? What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Start thinking about things I can do that move from substitution to redefinition…watch this space…..

#reflection on Augmented Reality

What did I learn today? Saw a demo video for an app called Aurasma
How was it useful? Showed how images or scenes could trigger extra information
What feelings/thoughts/emotions came up during the session? Excited at the prospect of using "cool" technology to support learning/material
What did you learn? Aside form the fact that my phone is too old and slow to support it? That there is a lot of work involved in setting it up and thinking very carefully about what material to use…
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Going to get a phone/tablet which will support the app and then try it out with the wireless infrastructure in the College, see if I can bring it "to life" for students. If I can get it working I would love to move on to the security of the network for Third year students.

Teaching Novice Learners

What did I learn today? That sometimes students want steps repeated again and again and again
How was it useful? It goes against the constructivist approach I have been using and shows that behaviourism has a place in higher education
What feelings/thoughts/emotions came up during the session? Frustration which turned to guilt when I realised that I was trying to impose what I think is a good way of learning on to learners who require more support
What did you learn? Start slooooow
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Revise my schedule for next year,it’s too late to do it for this year. Create some support videos and run some extra/support classes