SMART TargetsAt this time of year students are usually asked to set SMART targets. These can be set by the student or the tutor; either option comes with its own advantages and disadvantages but generally it can be seen as yet another chore to be completed by both parties. As I am rethinking all aspects of my teaching,… Continue reading GoConqr the World
I have neglected this blog over the last 12 months or so, a combination of recovering from illness and disillusionment with my career as a teacher in the FE sector of the UK educational system. It’s been a tough couple of years, both personally and professionally – anybody employed in FE will understand the impact… Continue reading Why I work in FE
The second week of #flble1 continues apace. It is clear now that the definition of blended learning used in this course includes “demonstrating the value of the mix of digital and conventional methods in class” as opposed to the definition used here by JISC of “integrating online with traditional face-to-face class activities in a planned, pedagogically valuable… Continue reading Blended learning – theory and practice
To blend or not to blend learning was the question that cooked up a storm in the first week of Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started but before we got there we first had to think what we mean by blended learning. My first thoughts were that it means a mix of f2f classroom activities and… Continue reading To Blend or not to Blend?
The first week of #flble1 is almost over and I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect about how it has worked for me as an orientation week. Having participated in several moocs and being a fairly active user on Twitter, I consider myself to be fairly up to speed with getting the most out of this type… Continue reading Week 1 – orientation
I am writing a blog post. That must be because I need to sort out the jumble of thoughts and ideas that are going through my mind. And if my brain is ‘too full’ it must be because I am participating in a mooc. Love ’em or hate them, they certainly get the old brain… Continue reading Here we go again, again
In the academic year 2015/2016 I will be teaching the ‘Developing Study Skills’ unit of the Level 2 AAT Diploma in Accounting and Business. I am creating a class blog for this unit which, as well as being the teaching resource, will be the ‘holding’ space for students’ own blogs. You are welcome to have a look… Continue reading This blog is on hold
Inspired by #etmooc projects I have had a go at remixing a video for educational purposes. Professional Ethics is one of the #AAT Level 3 units which I will be teaching over the next term. It is a subject that some of my students have found difficult to get to grips with, its not to… Continue reading Video remix
The Mozilla Foundation asks “What are the skills, competencies and literacies necessary to read, write and participate in the Web – now and in the future?” This question has caused me to reflect on the steps I have taken to acquire new skills and competencies in other areas in my life. In particular, I remember… Continue reading Learning to walk in physical and digital worlds
This week’s #etmooc sessions have led me down the path of diffusion of innovation theories and I have started to collect together some interesting research sources. I want to explore if and how crossing the chasm can be expedited. However, it will take me a little while to gather my thoughts around this. In the… Continue reading Are you a risk-taker?