Learning Reflections

bioram

This blog is a diary of my thoughts on teaching and learning, educational models, and teaching techniques. This is more than pedagogy, or andragogy, but goes my thoughts about how we experience and learn. [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:22:29

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New projects starting while others end #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Jan 08, 2012
I've been keeping up with information, but have not had a great deal of time recently to sit down and actively keep up this blog. The Change 11 MOOC has inspired me, and this includes the presenters that I've gotten to watch. So, now my redesigned Biology course is going live. This is a hybrid face-to-face / online class, and I'm using many of the MOOC concepts. I've also invited friends to join and to send their students. ... Mon, 09 Jan 2012 01:14:00 +0000 [Comment]

The roll of the teacher...
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Sept 27, 2011
Shukies post distributed if not contributed brought up a point that has been on my mind since #change11 began. The charismatic, eloquent, nurtuting side of teaching is part of many cultural backgrounds - what forms of knowledge transfer, what craetive skills, will replace them in a networked, web based approach? It seems to me that the loss of the eloquent instructor and the nurturing teacher would be a grave loss for education. Beyond cultural backgrounds, we learn through communication. ... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:50:00 +0000 [Comment]

Reflections on a connectivist model and MOOCs #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Sept 15, 2011
As a physiologist, I've come across the idea of neural networks and connectivist cognitive models. Neuroscience is not my area, so while I've come across the idea, I have not read extensively on the subject. Seeing this referenced by people writing about MOOCs and also in the introductory videos for the Change MOOC, I may be looking into learning more about connectivist models. One aspect ... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:56:00 +0000 [Comment]

Personal Reflection on Online Learning and MOOCs #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Sept 15, 2011
I've been teaching at the college level for over 15 years, and I have rarely taught a class the same way twice. I'm always looking for new ways to reach my students and help them to realize that the greatest learning comes when they take ownership of the information and the process. My field is Microbial Ecology, and I have taught freshmen to graduate students. Regardless of the level, I am constantly ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:45:00 +0000 [Comment]


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