Sep
19

now I am done… or is it just the beginning?

This week I logged in for my last online masters session.   I still can’t believe that the two years have flown by so quickly. When I first started, I was mind boggled by the complexity of the online sessions, listening, reading and responding to texts and flicking though different webpages whilst simultaneously writing messages… Continue reading »

Aug
27

Evaluating a learning element…

An important part of using Learning by Design is the ongoing evaluation of designs for learning.    As I move into the final stages of teaching a learning element based on Dai Sijie’s 2000 novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, my colleague Jen Dennehy and I have been reflecting on the successes and challenges we… Continue reading »

May
08

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

This learning element has evolved over a few years.    Initially, I set the topic as an in class essay question.  I used it as a diagnostic tool, a way of seeing what my students were capable of.   No discussion, no research, no scaffolding.   Just write about the statement ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’.   The essays came back.  Some students… Continue reading »