Technology

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Academic Attention Deficit Disorder

At conferences I sit at the back of the room. I’m a people watcher, and from the back I can observe the spectators as well as the speaker. I like to see what the audience members are up to. Are they captivated by the presentation, or are they taking a nap? Are they jotting down main points and clever questions, or mindlessly doodling on the schedule sheet? Are they actually listening to the speaker? Or are they compulsively checking their

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Zen and the Art of Metacognition: Quality-Based Discrimination, Peer Assessment & Technology

In 1974, Robert M. Pirsig wrote a book entitled “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, within which he provided a philosophical argument for the primacy of quality.  Quality is described as a metaphysical underpinning of , well, just about anything; an underpinning from which other characteristics can be derived.  I read this book for the first time about 2 years ago, after I had become passionate about using technology to better support the development of meta-cognitive skills in students. 

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Take Your Online Teaching to the Next Level

Whether you are teaching a blended course (where a significant portion of the course takes place online) or have been using your institution’s course management system to supplement your face to face course, there are a couple tools that can be used to take online teaching and learning to the next level.

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YouTube has become a noted repository of high quality academic content from renowned universities. With the creation of YouTube Education, which aggregates the thousands of