Game Based Pedagogy and the Importance of Teacher Support

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes In my upcoming book I talk about the importance of teacher support for educational games. It is the 3rd pillar in my 4PEG model. In order to gain acceptance in a traditional classroom, GBL ‘objects’ need to be “canned”, meaning they need to … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Advice for New Students From Those Who Know (Old Students) – The New York Times

Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes This all good advice. I asked my students this one year when I was still teaching at the UofCalgary. Their comments are below. Advice for New Students From Those Who Know (Old Students) – The New York Times. Extend Yourself. … Continue reading

There’s Such a Thing as a Study Drug?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Because, you know, drugs are always the answer. How often do we (as instructors) actually consider what kind of pressure we are putting on our students. Why do we do it? Many will tell you that it is about keeping … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Monitoring who attends class is pointless unless it counts towards students’ grades

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes Monitoring who attends class is pointless unless it counts towards students’ grades Dana Ruggiero, Bath Spa University University lecturers rarely get 100% of students turn up to every lecture. Nor do we expect them all to. Those who have got … Continue reading

Why does formal education always seem to think that anything new is better than what came before?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Apparently learning to print and write is no longer important after grade one. the focus will be on keyboarding. Why? Did anyone give any serious thought to what we might lose by not teaching people how to write by hand? … Continue reading

Why Don’t Universities Hire Half-Time Faculty?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I blogged about sessionals earlier this month and the claim was that sessionals (adjuncts) are sessionals because they don’t want tenure track positions. It may be true for some, but it’s certainly not true for all of us, and it may not … Continue reading

On Publication in Academia

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Running Towards Publication, Then Walking Away – Culture Digitally. This article caught my eye for a number of reasons. For one thing, I’m just finishing a book and so I’m thinking about this a fair bit, but for another, I … Continue reading

Assessment, AS, FOR, and OF Learning

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. I came across this while working on my book. This approach has become part of the teaching ideology throughout much of Canada (2006 for most of western Canada, 2010 for … Continue reading