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How to Build Learning Community in Blended, Online, and Face- to-Face Classes?

Today is the Faculty Learning Day at UniSIM…..

And the theme is about student engagement.

The first speaker is Prof John Boyer, speaking on Building Community in blended, online, and face- to-face teaching.

Here is my take-aways…

1) Engaging students is not getting students to react…..if you ask question and demand an answer, it is getting students to react….you want the students to be willingly engaged….

2) We need to make students think about the class before, during and long after….engagement is beyond the lecture time.

3) Student engagement is building community ….that is being together…helping and looking out for each other.

4) Student engagement is about collaborative work….real-world works in collaboration.

What we shoud/can do…is not force…
But we need to make the environment suitable, speak the ¬†same language as the students….facilitate the communication ….and we can use the web 2.0/social media ¬†tools to promote student engagement.

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Effective teaching

 

Flipping the syllabus can be an answer…

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Just about anything else

 

Flipping the classroom

Flipping the classroom can be one way to handling large classes

Put it simply, it is doing what we do in classroom at home and what we do at home, that is homework, in classroom.

So you can place lecture through youtube videos, you can also post references….students can watch anytime anywhere and learn. And while they meet in classroom, you can discuss and analyze case-studies etc…

Find out more here…

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-10-06/flipped-classrooms-virtual-teaching/50681482/1

 

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Just about anything else

 

Issues in teaching large classes

Here is what we listed out….

How do you know what these students know ?
How to engage the large group of students ?
What interests and challenges these students ?
How to hold discussions?

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Just about anything else

 

Faculty Learning Day at UniSIM

It is the second Faculty Learning Day at UniSIM on Sat 28 th July.

http://tlc.unisim.edu.sg/fld2012/

We are having Prof. John Boyer from Virginia Tech ….discussing about Flipping the Syllabus

He teaches class size of 3000 students…..

What can be some issues/ challenges in teaching such a large crowd
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Just about anything else