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Students as Partners in Higher Education

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking around students having a say in the way they learn and the concept of students as consumers or customers. I read a scathing article about student experience surveys (SESs) on the Campus Review website  back in March and have started being far more aware of their impact. For instance, I’ve suggested that perhaps we don’t link every damned thing in an online course – that we teach students…

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Introduction to ePortfolios and Mahara

ePorfolios have been around for several years now, but it’s not safe to assume educators and students who have been asked to use them in past understand what they can do for them. I created a video based on workshops I conducted with UniSA students and have been told by colleagues that it is useful – so I’ll share it here.  The first 02:32 of the video discusses ePortfolios in general. Mahara – introduction and basics…

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Student Experience Surveys

I recently read an interesting Op Ed piece on why university student experience surveys are inherently flawed. A few sentences about designing learning stood out for me as I grapple with the balance between spoon feeding students and reducing their cognitive load. “It is patently counterproductive for students to struggle with understanding the curriculum, with the requirements of learning and assessment tasks, or with the reasons why they are being asked to do what they…

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Problem-based vs project-based learning

Finally understand the relationship between Problem-based and Project-based learning. Problem-based learning CAN BE a TYPE of Project- based learning. Project-based learning can be prescriptive and low on the Bloom’s/whatever scale (as in an assignment – you will do X using Y method to achieve Z outcome). It can be semi prescriptive (here is a prob, pick from these solutions or here is a prob – but only explore it in the context of the topic/subject…

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Moodle filters – auto linking course activities

Here’s a quick brain dump post on a feature of Moodle that I had overlooked. When the Auto-link activities filter is activated, you don’t have to use absolute links in a book or page on the Moodle course to link to an activity. You just need to type in the activity name verbatim and it will create a relative link.  Beautiful for when you restore a course and don’t want to make substantial changes.

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