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National Teaching and Learning Conference at Invercargill, New Zealand

October 2, 2013 to October 4, 2013
SIT is hosting the National Teaching and Learning Conference this year, it will run from 2-4 October in Invercargill. I am hoping that you will please share this with your colleagues. The call for papers is now open (with the link below). There are different formats available: a 20minute  presentation, a 20minute presentation with a peer reviewed paper published in the conference proceedings, a presentation as part of the "6 minute Solutions" format, and a 60minute workshop. See More
Apr 9, 2013
Becca Black is attending Simon Nash's event

Register for the Unitec Learning & Teaching Symposium 2012 at Unitec Building 23

October 1, 2012 all day
Unitec Learning & Teaching Symposium I, Learner; I, Teacher: Evolving Learner and Teacher Identities 1st October, 2012 in Building 23Go to the Symposium website to REGISTER and for more details - Thanks!This year's symposium theme asks us, as teachers, to consider and respond to questions of teacher and learner…See More
Sep 19, 2012
Becca Black commented on Diana Ayling's blog post The value of certificates in higher education
"Certificates are seen as a way to increase employability and/or salary.  They're also a way to retrain into a different skill area."
Jun 11, 2012
Becca Black commented on Diana Ayling's blog post Plan to reach February with No Regrets....
"Thanks for the reminder, Diana. Hope you have a lovely, refreshing summer!"
Dec 2, 2010
Becca Black commented on Becca Black's blog post Critical Incident Questionnaire
"You're right, Paul. Moodle is a great way to get student feedback. Thanks for your comments."
Sep 8, 2010
Becca Black commented on Becca Black's blog post Critical Incident Questionnaire
"I can see where using a Moodle quiz could be useful, but in this case, paper and pen was a better strategy for my class. I printed the CIQ on half-sheets of blue paper (CIQs were the only thing printed in blue) and handed them out to individuals…"
Sep 8, 2010
Simon Nash commented on Becca Black's blog post Critical Incident Questionnaire
"Becca - this is great, thank you. Diana and Paul both suggest using Moodle or similar as a way to gather this information. This certainly can work (and streamlines processes) although I'm mindful that allowing students to visit to an online…"
Sep 8, 2010
Diana Ayling commented on Becca Black's blog post Critical Incident Questionnaire
"Thanks Becca, this is a good example for teachers' seeking guidance from their students. The questions can be easily turned into a poll, similar to the one on the home page of the Ning. Students can then give feedback at any time during the…"
Aug 27, 2010

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Academic Development Advisor
Faculty of Technology & Built Environment
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Would you be prepared to assist another teacher with any of the following.?
Course design, Assessment, Online facilitation, Face to face facilitation, evaluation of teaching

Becca Black's Blog


A couple of weeks ago, I attended a demonstration of Peerwise at the University of Auckland. Peerwise is a thoughtfully designed, useful, FREE web 2.0 tool that allows students to collaborate on the development of multiple choice questions. It was designed by Paul Denny (, a computer science prof at UA. Peerwise is being used at many institutions throughout the world. For a good explanation of the tool and a list of institutions where it's being used, go to the Peerwise… Continue

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 10:13

The first day of class

When I taught level 3 study skills for Foundation Studies, I became acutely aware of the need to establish a positive learning environment at the outset of the course. To help get students off to a good start, I employed several strategies that I wanted to share here.

On the first day of class, I stand at the doorway and greet students as they file in. On each desk are the class documents and an information form for them to fill out - it gives them something to do instead of just… Continue

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 17:11

Critical Incident Questionnaire

Stephen Brookfield designed a useful evaluative tool called a "Critical Incident Questionnaire" or CIQ. The idea is to provide students a quick way to provide anonymous feedback to the instructor on course content and presentation. I believe Brookfield suggests offering the CIQ at the end of class every day. In my Foundation Studies courses, I found it useful to use once a week for my class of 24 students. I adapted Brookfied's CIQ to my course and came up with the following questions:… Continue

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 9:12 — 6 Comments

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