It is my passion to help others learn. I teach at university in undergraduate and graduate programs. I teach in several subject areas in the humanities, but my preferences are in philosophy and linguistics.
I am interested in philosophy,linguistics,First Nations,MOODLE,Web 2.0. My favorite music are Bruce Cockburn. Movies: Ishtar,Milagro Beanfield War,Benny and Joon,Medicine River,Smoke Signals,Expiration Date. TV: NCIS,Bones,Numb3rs,New Tricks,Heartbeat,Doc Martin,Good Neighbours (The Good Life). Books: Bible,Philosophy by Edmund Husserl,Fiction by JRR Tolkien,Dorothy Sayers,Madeleine L'Engle,Ursula LeGuin. My Heroes are Jesus,Gandhi,my wife.
Recent Bookmarks and Annotations
- Schools as Learning Platforms — The Learner's Way on Aug 17, 15
- Northern Shuswap Tribal Council - Williams Lake, British Columbia - Government Organization | Facebook on Jul 24, 15
- Employment | Northern Shuswap Tribal Council on Jul 24, 15
- Why Plagiarism Doesn’t Bother Me At All: A Research-Based Overview of Plagiarism as Educational Opportunity | Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed. on Jul 21, 15
- Aboriginal students | UniversityStudy.ca on Jul 02, 15
- Universities Canada principles on Indigenous education - Universities Canada on Jul 02, 15
- Writing the Unreadable Untext — Hybrid Pedagogy on Jun 30, 15
Classroom Freedom Versus Control | Vitae on Jun 30, 15
In his courses, Friend writes, he has been backing off in an attempt to allow students the freedom to find their own path to their learning goals. For example, he's been making a point of staying silent during class discussions. Instead, he will spend the class time posting notes from the students' own comments into a document that is projected onto the screen behind him. Thus, he acts as the class facilitator and secretary, rather than its benevolent dictator.
I don’t want to oversimplify Friend’s very interesting work, but what I’ve taken from his posts is that the best way to foster freedom in the classroom is to emphasize why a class does what it does rather than how. If we can foreground our classroom goals, going out of our way to meticulously explain what we're hoping students will learn, we can feel more comfortable allowing students much more leeway in figuring out how to reach those goals on their own.
So I'm going to spend some time this summer thinking more intently about my goals for my courses. What do I hope students will achieve? What's the point of the assignments I give out? How can I clearly and directly communicate these goals to my students? And how can I create space for students to figure out for themselves how to reach those goals?
- QUT - Open online learning on Jun 26, 15
- Mozilla’s Worldwide Maker Party | Educator Innovator on Jun 23, 15
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