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Know thy students [...]

> The overarching goal of teaching is not to deliver information to faceless crowds, but instead to cause learning to occur among enrolled students.4 Courses and classroom activities should be developed on the basis of helping students discover and construct knowledge, not on the basis of what the instructor wants to talk about.5 And importantly, to develop successful...

 

5 points for teaching anything in the digital age [...]

5 points 1. Be assistive 2. Be connective 3. Be interactive 4. Be constructive 5. Be reflective > These statistics are evidence that people are by nature connected learners. We learn through a process of inquiry that takes shape through social communication. It’s safe to say that humanity itself is a learning community; full of great teachers and great learne...

 

Mindlessly eating better [...]

> Plate shapes and package sizes, lighting and layout, color and convenience: these are a few of hidden persuaders that can contribute to how much food a person eats. This review first posits that these environmental factors influence eating because they increase consumption norms and decrease consumption monitoring. Second, it suggests that simply increasing awarenes...

 

Good Python modules [...]

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Recognising excellent teaching [...]

Pointing to practices to be adopted and also a potential role for learning analytics to identify world-best practice > As an alternative to questionable instruments like student evaluations as the key indicator of quality, other indicators can be more systematically employed. Teaching is a profession, a domain of expertise, and should instead be determined, as is the ...

 

SELT surveys as the best indicator of quality teaching [...]

> The great debate about the use of student experience surveys in higher education has again reared its ugly head. Merlin Crossley from UNSW recently pointed out, in a News Corp editorial, that although flawed, student experience surveys still provide the best indicator of teaching quality in higher education. While there is undoubtedly value in surveying students to ...

 

Freedom, power, planning [...]

> With respect to the central concepts of political philosophy, namely the conceptual pair of power and freedom, Foucault’s bet was that people are likely to win more for freedom by declining to define in advance all the forms that freedom could possibly take. That means too refusing to latch on to static definitions of power. Only in following power everywhere that...

 

Discipline – Focault [...]

> Discipline, according to Foucault’s historical and philosophical analyses, is a form of power that tells people how to act by coaxing them to adjust themselves to what is ‘normal’. It is power in the form of correct training > Foucault argued that if you look at the way in which prisons operate, that is, at their mechanics, it becomes evident that they are de...

 

Learning analytics should be human mediated? [...]

Argument outlining need for analytics to be human mediated - part of a longer blog post and also part of a debate. > The “system” should not just be replicating current bad practice. Data should provide us with new ways to encourage a richer dialogue about education and knowledge. Learning analytics can’t just be a way to develop alerting and intervention sys...

 

Overcoming algorithm aversion (by making it protean) [...]

In the abstract reads > Research shows that evidence-based algorithms more accurately predict the future than do human forecasters. Yet when forecasters are deciding whether to use a human forecaster or a statistical algorithm, they often choose the human forecaster. This phenomenon, which we call algorithm aversion, is costly, and it is important to understand its c...