I had a conversation with Ian last night about texts, pictures, cartoons, comics and movies. Ian is fascinated about cartoons and comics. He thinks that using them is a very good way to teach kids foreign (second) languages. Ian indicated that cartoons and comics help kids learn both the foreign language and the nuances of the language (with the exaggerated facial expressions and gestures). I was pleased to hear this because it supported my eager search for comic books (e.g., Garfield) in Spanish in order to help my son learn Spanish. [Ian also made the comment about why the facial features of...
Apparently, people outside of edLab have been trying to revolutionize inefficient teaching practices and anachronistic materials for some time. (Yeah–I missed the memo too.) Some radical members of the rank-and-file have opted to use primary source collections, interdisciplinary texts, and discovery-based technology guides in lieu of traditional, board-approved material. I have heard first-hand (or read about on a seedy website) about the following tools being used in classrooms. Bear in mind that each one was used as the exclusive “knowledge compendiumâ€?, and all assignments and suppleme...
Stemming from an earlier discussion with Erica Boling, I believe that we are right to question the efficacy of current educational material, and more specifically, the efficacy of textbooks. We referred to a comment previously raised regarding the poor attempt of textbooks to cite authors–and how absurd it is to expect our students to learn citation and academic etiquette from such prevalent examples. (I cannot remember exactly who said it; all I can attest is that he or she was older than 50. Discuss among yourselves.)
Why is it so absurd that many students feel citation is so… passÃ© an...
Donald E. Heller, in a memo to the producer of The Scholar, says it's time to get Ph.D. students some visibility. more
Here's a page that has some info of Prof. Renee Cherow-O'Leary's "Peer Review" Project and some interview clips:
Here's the interview on "Barry Rosen discusses The Afghan Education Project with Professor Renee Cherow-O'Leary"[Quicktime] (or access it at http://www.tc.edu/afghanproject/?cat=news&id=4823)
Three scholars – two of them former presidents – analyze data that suggest that female candidates may best men in a key area of college leadership. more
I should add that, what attracted me in this article was this comment: " ... female presidents extend their gaze to include new ventures and risk taking in curriculum, student social programs and living arrangements, community involvement, and faculty appointment, promotion and tenure. Their attitudes, values and actions portray broader notions of how one can inspire institutio...
Here is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about distance learning, math education, and outsourcing. I think it raises some interesting possibilities for TC.
Cole Camplese talks about innovative uses for collaborative spaces and Podcast in distance learning in higher education:
http://necc.dmit.asu.edu/archives/2005/06/cole_camplse.htm and then click on the link.
Lin, Ivan and I have completed our data analysis. For complete details, please download our handouts in PDF format. Our main observations include:
The rooms are being heavily booked by students and staff and rarely booked by regular faculty
EDD Students book rooms at higher rates compared to other student groups (i.e. - MA or PHD students)
The programs that use the rooms most heavily are the groups concerned with Organizations (Organizational Psychology and Organization & Leadership), followed by Adult Ed and TEOSL
30% of people booking rooms live within walking dista...
We used a trial version of Macromedia Captivate to create a Blackboard tutorial demo (attached as a Flash movie; you must be logged in to see the attachment below). Although this demo is still a bit rough (please pardon the voice), it was fairly easy to put together and took less than 10 hrs to make(would probably take even less for more experienced designers). Basically, I recorded the actions I wanted to demo, and then added different elements-- like title slides, more captions, and audio narration -- on top of the initial recording.
In our opinion, Captivate seems a very user-friendly...