#reflection on Student Partnerships

What did I learn today today? Read a good paper on students as partners here https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/engagement-through-partnership-students-partners-learning-and-teaching-higher-education
How was it useful? It made me think more about involving students in creating assessments and in creating marking schemes.
What feelings came up during the session? I felt very uncomfortable about letting students have some control over my teaching but the more I thought about it and read on it the more I realised it is letting them have some control over their learning.
What did you learn? There is an unwritten learning contract between student and teacher, and we can renegotiate the terms so that everybody benefits more.
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? If I’m going to try this out, I’m going to start with the third years as I feel they are the best to work with. They can appreciate value of the partnership and are more likely to be mature about it.

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#reflection on TPACK

What I learn today? About a framework called TPACK for evaluating in teaching, it stands for Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge can be found here http://www.editlib.org/p/29544/article_29544.pdf
How was it useful? Serves as a way of balancing use of technology and teaching and content.
What thoughts came up during the session? That this is a useful way to examing the balancing act that we need to do between teaching, technology, and content. I have mostly just looked at teaching and technology but content and CONTEXT are important and must be considered.
What did you learn? More of an affirmation of my own beliefs that technology is an enabler but not a solution.
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Read more, especially from the two authors , as it certainly seems appropriate to my current studies.

#reflection of Pre-Class Resources

What I learn today? Found a paper on pre-class resources by Donnelly & Seery (2012)
How was it useful? It could help reduce the cognitive load on students before and during class. If they have some familiarity with what will be coming up, even terminology, it could help with classes
What thoughts came up? This will tie in nicely with feedback I got from International students last semester on the amount of information they are trying to process in class and through my notes
What did you learn? That there is lots of work out there that I can draw on to help prepare for my classes/courses
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Contact the authors and also examine whether or not this would be a suitable method/model for helping to flip the classroom.

Reference : Seery, M. K. and Donnelly, R. (2012), The implementation of pre-lecture resources to reduce in-class cognitive load: A case study for higher education chemistry. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43: 667–67

#reflection e-Portfolios

What was covered in the session today? We presented our e-portfolios to each other but we also explained the rational behind design choices and content choices. How was it useful? It showed where everyone is in their work but it also generated a lot of ideas that could be incorporated into our own work. It was great to see the different ways to present, organise and most importantly what to include. What thoughts came up during the session? At the moment there is an obvious divide between the content and the presentation with different people falling on different sides of the fence. There is a great opportunity to help each other with our strengths and weaknesses. What did you learn? The portfolio is an important academic and personal resource, I thought if it purely as a piece of coursework but have now come to regard it as a very important personal resource which I need to develop further. What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Schedule in some regular time every week to work on the e-portfolio and look at ways of getting students to construct something similar for themselves. It could also be assessed as part of their web design course.

#reflection on “Millenials”

What did I learn today? That our students are not as digitally savvy as we might think. A few students have issues understanding about cloud storage, file management locally and online services
How was it useful? Made me think about building this into tasks BUT not to over tax student’s cognitive load
What thoughts came up during the session? Could I turn this into a class or an entire module?
What did you learn? Digital stereotypes are dangerous
What will you do with the information i.e. what next? Jot down a few ideas on “digital skills”

#reflection on pre-lecture resources

Getting ready for next semester and decided to research pre-lecture quizzes similar to the “do I know this already” quiz in some of the Cisco books by Wendell Odom. I was thinking of doing this because I found it helpful when I was revising and tried to see how I could incorporate it into my lectures.Lo and behold I did a quick search on Google and the first result was http://arrow.dit.ie/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1040&context=scschcpsart entitled

“The implementation of Pre-Lecture Resources to
Reduce In-Class Cognitive Load: A Case Study for
Higher Education Chemistry”

Written by Michael Seery and Roisin Donnelly from DIT where I am studying, so I might have access to the people who wrote on exactly the same thing. Having read it I’ll have a look at which of my lectures are suitable in their current format for this approach and try to identify an assessment which I can use for measurement of the effect.

#reflection on Exams

Just putting finishing touches to end of semester exams, and looked at the multiple choice questions again. I usually have them as the first question on the first and second year papers. They are a good way of covering parts from the entire course.
However, having read some articles on peerwise, I think I might get students to write some questions and add them to the pool for future exams. That way they will have been written by the people taking the exam who know what they know and what they don’t know…