Target your feedback

The other day, I was talking about assessment that support learning in my teaching and learning class. Like I do often, I started the class with a “What do you notice? What do you wonder?” picture:

Archery targets give instantaneous, formative feedback. (Image "on target" shared by hans s on flickr CC-BY-ND)

What do you notice?

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Teaching uncertainly #rhizo14

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The topic for this past week in #rhizo14 was embracing uncertainty. A familiar topic in my work context. Kimberly Scott, the Director of the Master’s Program in Learning & Organizational Change (my professional home), openly tells graduate students to get used to playing in the ambiguity sandbox.…

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Rhizomatic moments #rhizo14

I have been a reflective lurker (well, hopefully reflective) in Dave Cormier’s #rhizo14 – not so much actively participating as trying to carve out some time at least once a week to scan through the goings-on and see what I can discover.…

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#etMOOC +1: The Power of People

As we celebrate the first anniversary of #etMOOC*, I am overwhelmed with the stories of growth and sharing and learning.

* For those who hear about how MOOCs are a trend, a fad, a failure or a passing phase, here is the kind of MOOC I am referring to:

#etMOOC connected people.…

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Rhizome-plosion (Part II) #rhizo14

I wrote Rhizome-plosion about a year ago while attending #etmooc. It was my first opportunity to hear Dave Cormier share his thinking and at that time I was struck by the theme of shifting power – changing the dynamic between instructor and learner.…

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If all you have is a stick, every student looks like an ass*

If you read something Wednesday morning and it’s still bugging you on Friday afternoon, don’t keep having a conversation in your head, write about it.

A few days ago, yet another hand-wringing, oh-dear-what-shall-we-do-about-it post about students and their phones came through my Twitter feed.…

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ETMOOC … The GIFT That Keeps On Giving

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I am so grateful for all the gifts that ETMOOC has given me.  As I reflect upon the year I think about all the wonderful people I have met and the things we have shared.

The invite :

My first ETMOOC POST a year ago

I am a life long learner and willing to take risks and here I am signing up for #etmooc.…

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Learn your students’ names. No, really.

I have a thing about learning my students’ names. And it’s not a good thing.

I think I have a fixed mindset when it comes to learning people’s names: I believe I can’t do it. So whenever someone introduces him- or herself, a piece of my brain shuts off for a couple of seconds and the name go in one ear and out the other.…

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Learning Outcomes, Instruction, Assessment: Check, check, check

I’ve spent time in that circle of Hell called “marking” (or “grading” as they call it here in the U.S.) My past is filled with stacks of math exams full of multi-step problems and  astronomy exams with essays about the nature of science.…

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Twitter Verse & Digital Citizenship via @Verenanz

One of the the things that I love about Twitter is how it allows me to have real time conversations: I talk about mundaine things, collaborate, share resources, participate in Twitter Chats and play games of Twitter vs. Zombies.

Sometimes the conversations take place over a longer period of time, like the riff below that started with Verena sharing an excellent infographic she saw at Edudemic that had Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenship” target=”_blank”Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenship for teachers and included Julie Balen in Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Verena Roberts and Susan Spellman Cann in Calgary and me here in Edmonton.…

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