Category Archives: Instructional Strategies

Gaming can make a better world?

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world (video) http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world#t-383932 Advertisements

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Really Big Resource – Public Speaking

This blog is a goldmine of information about public speaking – something instructors do every day. It contains lots of practical advice on such topics as breaking bad presentation habits and dealing with anxiety. I found this especially helpful because … Continue reading

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Drywall isn’t done the same way everywhere in the world

In his blog, Adult Learning, James Turner makes an interesting point, “In construction trades training it is easy to assume that basic construction skills are universal. This is not the case when the student has already begun learning in another … Continue reading

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Instructional Strategy – Amber Donovan’s Poker Chip Question Technique

Amber Donovan contributed this questioning technique. “I learned this technique in another course and tried it out the last time I taught and it worked so well, I was shocked and excited at the results: I gave each student 3 … Continue reading

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Asking Effective Questions – best practices

There’s many articles written on how to ask questions. Here’s some that I liked: Questions Engaging Students through effective questions Questioning Skills to Engage Students Questioning Techniques. “Good learning starts with questions, not answers”. This article provides  a wealth of … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Ask Questions

“Students learn to ask questions by asking questions. Students learn to ask good questions by asking questions and then receiving feedback on them. Students learn to become scholars by learning to ask good questions.” Marshall Brain. (1998) The Importance of … Continue reading

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Gamefication – Learning by Doing, over and over again

Video games can be a wonderful way to learn something that has to be memorized – like times tables, prime numbers, factors because it allows the player to get enough repetition to memorize something before they’re so bored that they … Continue reading

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ARCS Motivational Model

The ARCS Model of Motivational Design, created by John Keller is based on Tolman’s and Lewin’s expectancy-value theory, which assumes that people are motivated to learn if there they expect success in learning it and value the knowledge presented. The … Continue reading

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Really Big Resource – Solve a Teaching Problem

Solve a Teaching Problem by Carnegie Mellon University Here’s a valuable site from Carnegie Mellon University that provides practical strategies to address common teaching problems. It has you identify a teaching problem and possible causes and then provides you with … Continue reading

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About Visible Learning

In his book, Visible Learning (2009), John Hattie summarizes 15 years of research in to what works to improve learning outcomes in school. He collated the results of over 50,000 studies and, from that, produced a list of over 100 … Continue reading

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