May 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should be Teaching Them

Tony Wagner, Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has published his latest book, T…


Added by Edward Flagg on May 31, 2010 at 15:04 — No Comments

Exploring Matauranga Maori

With our explicit partnership agreement (Te Noho Kotahitanga) at Unitec, it is vital that we engage with the notion of matauranga Maori and explore the question of what it might mean for us within our specific context at Unitec. This is a link to a talk that Dr Charles Royal gave earlier this year exploring the concept of matauranga Maori. Charles Royal is Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and has also been… Continue

Added by Robert Ayres on May 28, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

What is cloud computing?

Image by Jill Clardy via Flickr

Cloud Computing allows web workers to share and collaborate online. Fine our more about Cloud Computing for you and your students.



Added by Diana Ayling on May 27, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Academic Literacies: Strategies to strengthen reading comprehension

In our recent TPA staff forum, questions were raised about possible strategies for improving reading comprehension at different levels of learning. The following five research-based strategies can be used to work with students on their reading comprehension.…


Added by Bettina Schwenger on May 27, 2010 at 14:35 — No Comments

Here is something you can share with your colleagues and students.

From time to time we all feel the pressure of a creative block. Try "Oblique Strategies". Originally, these were a pack of cards created by Brian Eno and friend and painter, Peter Schmidt. Now they are available online through a simple link.

Find out more here.

Added by Diana Ayling on May 24, 2010 at 11:22 — No Comments

Active learning in large classes

Teaching in large classrooms to 50, 75, even hundreds of students is becoming more and more common. This raises several questions about pedagogy and facilitation; perhaps the most urgent issue involves student engagement - how do I keep so many students engaged in the course and the material all at the same time?

One strategy is to include active learning in your facilitation of large classes. The following are some examples:

* Create small groups that will each work on a… Continue

Added by Edward Flagg on May 19, 2010 at 15:24 — 5 Comments

Using Fink's Taxonomy

Fink's 6-aspect taxonomy is a useful tool to help you develop a course or programme.

It will also help you reverse-engineer a graduate profile.

See the following attached documents.



Added by Edward Flagg on May 19, 2010 at 15:22 — No Comments

Harvard Business School lectures on video

Fifty-five (so far) Harvard business lectures, through Ebsco, on this link:

Harvard Business School lectures

On this page, click on the link "Harvard Faculty Seminar Series Video" to see each… Continue

Added by Edward Flagg on May 19, 2010 at 15:17 — No Comments

Leadership through Motivation

Please see this link from TED talks where Tony Robbins speaks of the 'invisble forces' (his words, not mine) that motivate everyone's actions. My notes from this talk follow this link.

Check it out for yourself

My notes follow:

Emotion is the invisible force that drives us – if we can get the right emotion, we can do anything and

motivate people to do… Continue

Added by Edward Flagg on May 19, 2010 at 15:12 — No Comments

Reflective practice as part of teachers' professional development

Many teachers come from professional backgrounds where reflection on practice is an important part of their work. For example, courses in areas such as building, architecture and civil engineering often include a reflective practice component because it's an important skill for practitioners.

Here's a great example from Davis et al (2009), Assessing design and reflective practice in…


Added by Simon Nash on May 19, 2010 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

A Guide to Reading Legislation

Image by east_lothian_museums via Flickr

Oh the headache, of reading Acts of… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on May 17, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

More on the ELearning Strategy

If you have the opportunity to read Unitec's ELearning Strategy on Pou Tukutuku - the Nest (

please take it. It has some valuable information for departments,

programmes and teachers.… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on May 14, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Integrating Te Puna Ako Learning Support Resources into your Students' Assessments

As teachers we are primarily concerned about our students' learning, development and success. To ensure students' can succeed at the performance tasks (assessments) we design, we need to provide appropriate support and scaffolding. Our online environment and learning management systems provide us with… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on May 12, 2010 at 15:37 — No Comments

Don't depend on Moodle to build social capital

Moodle and other course management systems may be fine for some purposes, but don't depend on it to build social capital on the classroom, according to this research by the Lab for Social Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology. "The results indicate that the educational use of social media may not counteract poor social connections that are seen in face-to-face communication or elicit the same impacts seen in… Continue

Added by Edward Flagg on May 11, 2010 at 9:01 — No Comments

Scaffolding through translation: The barriers of academic language

We all know that entry into any profession requires us to learn the language of that profession, especially academia.

This research points the way to how we can be mindful of helping our students acquire new language skills through our design and facilitation of our courses.

Be sure to explore this link at the bottom of the article.

Added by Edward Flagg on May 11, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

Six Technology Implementation Principles



1. Sustain focus on learners:

There are many teaching and learning situations in which technology is not the answer. Before you add a new application, tool or software be sure that it will assist student… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on May 6, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

Will you Tungle Me?

Tungleme is a great scheduling tool that you can use for work, friends and family. It saves times with endless emailing to and fro. Tungle works with your Google calendar and Blackberry.

Check it out by watching the "How to videos".…


Added by Diana Ayling on May 4, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Do you want your students to be better online researchers?

Here are a few simple tricks to get some very quick information. I especially like "Track a flight" and "Find a movie in your city"!…


Added by Diana Ayling on May 4, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

More on the Living Curriculum

Unitec's Academic Board has agreed that all programmes in the

institution are required to reflect the characteristics of a

Living Curriculum by the end of 2012. New programmes will be designed to meet the Living Curriculum. Existing programmes will be… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on May 3, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Would you like to erase your digital tracks on the Web?

In our discussions with teachers who are creating ePortfolios, many complain they have lost control over the information available about them on the Web. They are concerned that they do not "google" well. Here is an article with some good practical advice on cleaning up your online profile.

Added by Diana Ayling on May 3, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

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