Monthly Archives: September 2017

A Conversation on Grading

The theme of this week is assessment. This is a topic that brings out many diverse viewpoints, but it does seem that the majority of people agree that what we are doing right now is far from ideal. With traditional … Continue reading

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Don’t Go for the Presliced Experience

“A mindful approach to any activity has three characteristics: the continuous creation of new categories; openness to new information; and an implicit awareness of more than one perspective. Mindlessness, in contrast, is characterized by an entrapment in old categories; by … Continue reading

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My favorite (digital) things

Engaging the current generation of learners requires that educators understand and make effective use of digital media and technology. In a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, it was reported that 87% of all teens in the United States … Continue reading

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Week 1: Introduction and Reflections on the VT Principles of Community

Hello, my name is Abram Diaz-Strandberg. I am a second year PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department. I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed my Bachelor’s degree at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. My … Continue reading

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A Balanced Serving: networked learning to better equip the student

Networked learning is a concept that I have experienced but never had a formal name for until beginning the first weeks reading for my Contemporary Pedagogy course. As a child of the 80’s, I grew up watching the expanding incorporation … Continue reading

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