Classroom response systems

A while ago I wrote about th every limited way that many educators use student response “clicker” handsets. Now I read yet another article on the topic. Classroom response systems – elearnspace The thrust of the article is that the use of specialist handsets is limiting, and it considers alternatives such as commodity mobile phones …

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UK universities to lead global e-learning

Apparently there is to be a push to make the UK a world leader in on-line higher education. I’d love to see this happen, but I have my doubts. As with so many other attempts at “e-learning”, the emphasis seems overwhelmingly on “learning and teaching resources”. But this is the easy part of the problem. …

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Students Who Use ‘Clickers’ Score Better On Physics Tests

Back when I was teaching, we had several attempts to improve the learning and teaching experience using student handsets which communicate back to a central system. Within their limits, such trials were generally successful; enough that the college bought several sets. However, I always felt that the system was was woefully underused. Using such handsets …

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Developers needed; Hackers need not apply

Nice article from Jay Fields about the difference between a head-down, crank-out-whatever-I’m-asked-for hacker and a wiser developer who thinks to ask the business about the overall value and reason for the work. I have seen this very strongly in my work. However, and this is one of my pet rants, a major part of the …

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Will at Work Learning: New Design for My Smile Sheet

I have both produced and attempted to consume a wide range of learning assessment sheets during my time. Most have missed the point. One big problem with institutional assessment of learning is that it is easy to fall into the trap of assuming that incoming students are a blank page. From that viewpoint, phrasing goals …

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