Forays into Web 2.0

Please nominate Absolutely Intercultural

Hey! How much do you like our podcast? Do you think we might deserve an award? For the last ten years of great insight and information into cultures around the world and how you can get the best out of your intercultural encounters? If your answer is YES! Then please nominate us for the People’s Choice Podcast Award on this page. If you like other podcasts too, you can also nominate them. But watch out! You only get one chance to nominate so make sure you nominate all your favourite podcasts at the same time. We would come under the Society and Culture category. Many thanks in advance!

Applying the BL definition

access-933139_1920Let’s see if I can apply the definition of blended learning I came up with in the previous post to a real case. The real case may or may not happen but it is a concrete proposal. I was asked to do some face to face training in a place that most governments of the world classify as a war zone. The topic; how to equip university students to get remote work projects given that …. they live in a war zone with few opportunities. I proposed to offer the 2 day training remotely instead. Continue reading “Applying the BL definition”

BL Definition

Almost at the end of our blended learning course and I am finally coming to an understanding of what blended learning might be:

The process of enhancing learning through the timely and relevant inclusion of digital tools (includes the case where the course is 100% online). Since this is a shift from 100% in the classroom to less than 100%, this implies a loss of control by the teacher and the potential for assuming more control and autonomy for the student. In the best cases this can lead to an increase in student voice and choice.

Some might question the inclusion of digital tools in the above definition but I have difficulty in envisaging a scenario that would not include digital tools. eg learning in the community instead of in the classroom? Even there you would probably use digital photos or audio recording as part of the process.

November in March

Alan November challenged us to think about his six key questions proposed as a way of assessing a teacher’s or a school’s use of technology as part of his keynote at the INTED conference in Valencia this morning. The idea was to challenge the 1000$ question about whether what you are doing is really transformational learning or are you just using a 1000$ pencil? Continue reading “November in March”

Webinar: Implementing blended learning

Being in the middle of a PLP blended learning course, I could not pass up the opportunity to attend the webinar put on by Nicky Hockly of The Consultants-E on the topic since I have worked with Nicky since about 2009.

How to distill the essence of blended learning into 45 minutes? Here’s how Nicky did it. It should be noted that throughout Nicky was referring to blended learning for language learning. Continue reading “Webinar: Implementing blended learning”

Assessments that don’t suck

We are going back a bit here! The reason is that recently I have been teaching adults and they and their employers don’t ask for accountability in the form of grades. I think this is very significant and points to the need to question the giving of grades at younger ages if it is not going to happen in your adult life.

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Blackout poem: ESOL

It is never easy copying content from a pdf to a word processing app and tabulated information never comes out right. So I decided to make my blackout poem as a graphic instead.

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Assessment 3.0

Mark Barnes has discovered a big problem in education and believes he can solve it. That is the aim of the book Assessment 3.0 sub-titled Throw out your gradebook and inspire learning. The problem is that grades get in the way of learning and are not even very good at reporting on the amount of learning that has taken place when they are given. Continue reading “Assessment 3.0”

LAUNCH: design thinking for educators

I was taken by the idea of a student-friendly template for design thinking by John Spencer and have summarised it in an infographic created by Piktochart.

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