I studied philosophy and engineering at university: Here’s my verdict on ‘job relevant’ education

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This is VERY important. It’s why, when I teach CS, I focus on the kinds of skills and concepts that *I* still find useful, 30+years /after/ my degree. THOSE are the core concepts. I am NOT training people for jobs. … Continue reading

I’m Finally Back to Writing Again…

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes Yup, after a year of being unable to write at all, I’m finally getting back to it again. Here is the first part of my next endeavor. Let me know what you think! And So it Begins One learns more … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: We Don’t Trust Course Evaluations, but Are Peer Observations of Teaching Much Better?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Why colleges and universities that claim to take teaching seriously need a comprehensive and fair system of evaluating it. EXACTLY. But, as always seems to happen, the same teaching technique inspired completely contradictory reactions. For example, while I don’t show … Continue reading

What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong – and how to fix it.

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes Source: What Traditional Classroom Grading Gets Wrong (G)rading policies—which appear to be an objective, fair, and accurate method to describe a student’s academic performance—often increase achievement gaps by infusing grades with teachers’ implicit biases or by rewarding or punishing students … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Making Sure Yours is not a ‘Pointless Exercise’

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Not a ‘Pointless Exercise’ Briefly, Martini noticed that her students didn’t seem to get the connections she had hoped they would on the assignments she gave, and wondered if it would make a difference if she made those connections explicit. … Continue reading

Has Gamification Jumped the Shark?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Badges, Points, and Leader-boards, oh my! I’m working on a book – a series, actually – about gamifying learning, only lately, I’ve really been struggling with the term itself. GAMIFICATION Hmmmm. It just doesn’t seem to fit anymore. Is that … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Why Playfulness Is the Key to Success in the 21st-Century

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes THIS is why my version of “gamification” is so important. The Most Important Skill of Today? Source: Why Playfulness Is the Key to Success in the 21st-Century   Not making room for play in modern adult life is a strategic … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Students aren’t learning enough – a brewing crisis in higher education

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Too many graduates are not prepared to think critically and creatively, speak and write cogently, solve problems, comprehend complex issues, accept accountability, take the perspective of others, or meet employer expectations. What are YOU doing in your classes to address … Continue reading