A resource to share: Listening to Students About Learning

Hello! here is a “new” idea 🙂 listening to students about learning! I thought this related to what we were talking about in class on Wednesday.  I hope you find it of interest.  Thanks.

Listening to Students About Learning


Publisher: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Publication Author: Andrea Conklin Bueschel
Abstract: In “Listening to Students About Learning,” Bueschel explores how students can become partners in innovation and inquiry, more engaged in the classroom, and better positioned to succeed when educators listen to their students talk about learning.

SPECC Publications
Citation: Listening to Students About Learning

Resource: Rethinking Doctoral Education for the Twenty-First Century

The Formation of Scholars: Rethinking Doctoral Education for the Twenty-First Century


Publisher:San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Publication Author:George Walker, Chris M. Golde, Laura Jones, Andrea Conklin Bueschel, Pat Hutchings

Abstract:This groundbreaking book explores the current state of doctoral education in the United States and offers a plan for increasing the effectiveness of doctoral education. Programs must grapple with questions of purpose. The authors examine practices and elements of doctoral programs and show how they can be made more powerful by relying on principles of progressive development, integration, and collaboration. They challenge the traditional apprenticeship model and offer an alternative in which students learn while apprenticing with several faculty members. The authors persuasively argue that creating intellectual community is essential for high-quality graduate education in every department. Knowledge-centered, multigenerational communities foster the development of new ideas and encourage intellectual risk taking.

The Formation of Scholars: Rethinking Doctoral Education for the Twenty-First Century
Related Scholars: Pat Hutchings
Notes: A book highlights publication (PDF) is also available. The table of contents and a chapter excerpt are available from the publisher’s Web site.

That Awful Monday

Greetings all – I had a most awful “OMG” or even more colorful descriptive words of dismay and upset moment or actually several moments in our last class when I realized that much work I did was lost, gone, disappeared into a cyber black hole never to be recovered again! On that fated Monday, I had a great session with our most wonderful Adam who helped me figure out how to use wordpress to prepare my Professional e-portfolio.  So I was so excited and well informed at that point that I decided (before all the new learned knowledge disappears) let me spend a few hours working on the e-portfolio and I might as well buckle down and write a few blogs about some ideas that were swirling in my “technology peasant” head.  After a few hours of work, I was so pleased with myself — I had a good first complete draft of an e-portfolio (including if I may say so a pretty good teaching philosophy statement) and 3 to 4 blogs on the PFP blog as well as one or two on the GEDI. Yay! I had that nice sense of accomplishment and “ticking off” of the many items on my ever-long “to do list”.  Then to my great dismay – I find out that everything was lost! On Monday, 20th February – the system crashed? died? or just plain did not work and all my work was lost.  I felt an utter helplessness and there was nothing I could do to find my lost work.  I have to re-do my work, remember my thoughts, my insights, and re-do my research in order to write a few of those blogs particularly for the PFP blog.  You wonder — well, why were you so upset, felt so helpless?? not a big deal – these are just blog entries, just thoughts, words, etc.. that you can write again! As for the e-portfolio – no big deal – you already have your bio, resume and syllabi saved in word and it was just a matter or re-formatting, cut & paste, and making links “live” or “hot” and you are done.  A confession – it is not easy for me to blog – I am still way too self conscious about laying out my ideas and thoughts out there in the big wide cyber world. I worry about grammar, spelling, logic, of my simple ideas/thoughts and of the judgement that awaits me by the various readers.

I am happy to report that maybe this shutdown of the system on that fated Monday was the cure, kick in the proverbial rear-end that I needed to leave caution to the wind, write this blog and maybe begin a new unafraid blogging life! I am still a bit cautious, I am still going to agonize over trying to re-write those blogs that I posted on Monday, however, it is not the end of the world 🙂 My blogging life is not over, my grade for PFP will not suffer and I can start over and even the blogs will be better??  Cheers! and thanks for reading/listening.  A reformed newcomer to the blogging world.


Blogging by a Technology Peasant 101

Greetings all -this is definitely a new medium (tool) for me to use.  I am a semi-regular “reader” of blogs particularly those dealing with the MENA region, human rights, labor and worker rights, etc… Yet, as an actual contributor to a blog – this I must say is a first (well, after the posts that I have been writing on the GEDI general e-bulletin and a blog for another course).  My hesitation has been worrying about all the things we talked about in class: spelling mistakes, feeling vulnerable to “critical” comments by peers and others reading the blog, etc… But thanks to you all – I am getting the needed therapy to get over my worries and “attack” the blogging world gently, of course.  I found the guest speaker last week, Dr. Gardner Campbell, to be awesome! engaging and very informative.  I am going to think about how I can incorporate blogging into future courses that I teach.  I am very interested in encouraging students to think, comment and analyze issues that we are learning together in the class that I teach now: Politics of the MENA region.  So using a blog could encourage that learning process – thinking, commenting and analysis. Being back in graduate school after 28 years is definitely a huge learning curve for me — I have been in and out of colleges/university campuses for various reasons – mostly speaking engagements so I have not been totally out of touch but as a student now, there are so many technologies, software, advancements in organizing materials, information, references, etc… that just did not exist when I was getting my master’s degree including of course, blogging.  So here I go — Technology Peasant 101 — embarking on a new learning adventure on the road of a learning revolution! in the spirit of Sir Ken Robinson.

With best wishes and happy blogging to all.