I’m reading the article, “What Drives College Students to Learn?’ by Emily Hanford and nodding my head at the quote that states, “Students have to be active in developing their knowledge...They can’t passively assimilate it.”
I've been trying to ask more questions rather than just giving information in class and am curious what others are doing to ensure their students are actively engaged in learning.
Do you have a recent blogpost related to teaching in higher education that you would like to share? Or have you recently read a useful post by another edublogger? Email me with the link to the post by October 30 to be considered for Teaching Carnival 5.3. And if you haven’t seen all the great information being shared at ProfHacker, check it out at Teaching Carnival 5.2 or go to the home page here.
The University of South Florida is hosting a social media scavenger hunt for Homecoming Week starting October 17. The students will access Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, and Foursquare in order to virtually check-in to various physical locations on campus. There will be hundreds of prizes including t-shirts, hats, and a HP printer, and the grand prize winner will receive a iPod Touch. I'm thinking other universities might want to do something similar. You can find more info here.
Not sure how to pronounce a word? I always have to stop and think about how to say "prima facie" in my Human Resource Management classes. Here's a very useful (and free!) online talking dictionary to help both us and our students.
Sarah Fudin (University of Southern California) is today's guest blogger and she writes on developing your own personal learning network. I personally recommend Twitter as a great way to build your PLN and connect with educators from around the world.
As Sarah notes:
The Personal Learning Network (PLN) is not a new concept on college campuses. Professors who are interested in developing further as educators have long known the benefits of networking with colleagues and students in their academic community. With new modes of technology-enabled communication, that community has expanded to include college and university campuses around the world.
Building a PLN in the digital age requires the acquisition of new skills and some possible changes in attitude. Networking with educators who have a variety of backgrounds, standards and teaching philosophies requires an open mind. Whether you've been teaching for just a few years or for several decades, maintaining a desire to learn about different approaches to the educational process will help you stay active and engaged in your profession. Pedagogical strategies and teaching philosophies continually change, but your PLN can help you stay current.
Building an online PLN usually begins by discovering some educational blogs and websites that strike a chord. Look for web content that informs, instructs and inspires. Most blogs and websites that are updated on a regular basis will allow you to subscribe and have regular updates (or "feeds") sent to you in email. You can also use a tool like Google Reader to aggregate your subscription feeds in one convenient location.
A growing number of educators are discovering the networking power of Twitter. By participating in Twitter conversations and weekly chats related to education, thousands of educators have found ways to expand their PLN by connecting with peers and students from around the world. Here is a sampling of a few of the Twitter chats that higher education professionals may find useful:
#CollegeBound is a weekly Twitter chat hosted by The CollegeBound Network and offers higher education administrators and teachers a unique chance to connect with potential and incoming college students.
#lrnchat is a weekly Twitter chat that focuses on all aspects of learning – formal, informal, social and mobile. Professional development for educators and educational technology are frequent subjects of discussion.
#higheredlive is a live weekly web show about the emerging role of social and digital media in higher education and student affairs.
#PhDchat is a themed Twitter chat session that meets weekly to discuss issues related to postgraduate research. Discussion topics are suggested and voted on by participants.
The best learning networks depend on two-way communication. As you follow blogs, website discussions and Twitter chats, make an effort to add your voice to the conversation. Comment on blog posts or even start your own blog to share links and other resources. Alternatively, become a mentor by responding to questions in areas where you have expertise.
As you expand your PLN, don't forget that some of your most valuable connections may be closest to home. Students, teachers and administrators in your own academic community are important contacts who are likely to share your concerns. In addition to using technology to develop a global PLN, look for opportunities to connect with people in your local learning environment.
Sarah Fudin currently works in community
relations for the University of Southern California Rossier School of
Education's online Master's programs, which
provide aspiring and current teachers the opportunity to earn a Masters in
Teaching and learn how to become a teacher. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys running, reading and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.
It's that time of the semester...when grading, committee meetings, research projects, and all the other things we commit to each semester seem overwhelming. Here's a list of 50 natural ways to boost your energy. Some of these are obvious such as get enough sleep and drink more water but ones I found interesting (and that seem to work!) are:
Turn on all the lights. – Darkness promotes fatigue and laziness. Turn on every light in the room.
Pull down on your earlobes. – This may sound strange, but pulling down on your earlobes can help you stay awake and alert when you’re feeling drowsy.
Roll up and down on your toes. – This stimulates your circulatory system, which will deliver much-needed oxygen and fuel (glucose) throughout your body.
Have a good laugh. – Watch a funny video clip or read your favorite comic strip. A good chuckle will stimulate your mind, giving you a renewed level on energy.
Tap the top of your head. – Lightly tap the top of your head with your fingertips. Do this continuously for a few minutes.
Chew sugar-free peppermint gum. – It won’t rot your teeth and that minty taste will make you feel fresh.
Dress up. – Feeling better about yourself has a magical way of giving you more energy. Put just a tad more effort into looking your best for work, and you’ll get compliments from coworkers that will make you feel better — and make you a perkier and more energetic.