Category Archives: GEDI 2013

Secret Wikipedia and Possible “Grade” Hypocrisy?

Yesterday, my group mates and I were discussing what to do if a student cites Wikipedia as a source on a graded project. And this discussion led to some interesting insights about how Wikipedia can and is used. On one … Continue reading Continue reading

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Information Technology Prospects in Higher Education

Information technology in higher education is a tool which help educational systems transform to address current problems and challenges of the future. There are still institutions that haven’t confronted to the challenges of the 21st century. Introductory courses in large … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Authentic Self

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear from Dr. Janet Murray in class last week.  While I appreciated her topic, it was her story that most intrigued me.  I was guilty of “hidden brain” syndrome as I was confronted with the fact that I didn’t expect a “digital design visionary” to be a 67 year(…) Continue reading

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A shift, not decay

As I am starting to prepare the written part of my Teaching Philosophy – as I think about what I want to be, in a classroom and beyond – I find it hard to reconcile two broad aspects of my … Continue reading Continue reading

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Technology as a Tool for Learning Programs

Digital era has affected different components of higher education systems. It can be discussed from challenges it has brought to scholarship communities to social challenges. One of the notions in this regard is the effect of forming cyber communities in … Continue reading Continue reading

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PBL: A Disciplinary Critique

In a recent post—that I consider a valuable read for all involved in pedagogy—my esteemed colleague Sascha Engel criticized Problem Based Learning (PBL) as a “political stratagem” and for “reducing politics, and its science, theory, and philosophy, to mere ‘ethical … Continue reading Continue reading

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Follow up on “Starting Now”

Last week I committed to trying three new “creative” teaching methods in the recitation sections I teach.  I started both classes with the “write a question” exercise.  This was enough to get the conversation started!  As each student shared their questions, others either shared the same questions or were able to answer the questions themselves.(…) Continue reading

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On Student Responsibility

It is certainly an admirable goal to institute policies such that students are motivated to pursue the standards they will inevitably be submitted to – or even to learn by themselves – rather than just to be forced to sit … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Problem-Based Learning

This post is intended to be a critical engagement with a practice. It is not a critique of a specific class setting – though this class setting, for reasons no doubt bigger than those who conduct the class, is designed … Continue reading Continue reading

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Active Listeners

This last Friday and Saturday, we had an amazing Conference organized by ASPECT Department. Listening to so many different and interesting ideas made me realize how much I like to listen. After the presentations, I was not only inspired, but also exhausted. This indicates that listening, at least in this case, was not a passive […] Continue reading

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