June 2010 Blog Posts (19)

Questions to condisder about the Living Curriculum, part II

The Living Curriculum is guided by the principle of enquiry - our conversations are framed by what we know, but they are designed to allow us to investigate what we don't yet know. Acts of enquiry allow us to systemetise what we do know, confirm what we think we know, and allow us to explore what we don't know.



So we would do well to ask ourselves the following questions:



  • What knowledge do your students need to have about having meaningful…
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Added by Edward Flagg on June 29, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

The "Negotiated" aspect of "Negotiated Study"

Negotiated Study







Designing for a Negotiated Study course with each of your students is not as daunting a task as it may seem. If you rely on the guidance of NZQA level descriptors and the programme’s Graduate Profile, you are halfway there. The other half of the task is to negotiate with your student what their learning goals and outcomes of their study will be. These expectations are to be…

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Added by Edward Flagg on June 29, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Question one to consider about the Living Curriculum

The defining characteristic of an LC is that it's an emergent process of meaning making; we work towards pre-determined learning outcomes, as always, but invite a greater web of meaning to be created around those outcomes through the process of conversation to enhance their meaning for the learners (that's one aspect of the emergent part).



So we would do well to ask ourselves the following questions:…



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Added by Edward Flagg on June 25, 2010 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Using Rubrics

There is considerable enthusiasm on campus for using rubrics. Rubrics are useful tools for both teachers and students. They provide a map of student performance, and identify the qualities of high performance. Rubrics make teacher expectations clear, explain important processes needed for high performance, set standards, and… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on June 24, 2010 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

10 Steps to Developing Successful Lesson Plans

As teachers all over the world will tell you, there is more than one way to create a lesson plan. You will need to find a template that suits you, your course, and your students. We have a few ideas or principles which may help you.



Step 1: What to teach? How to teach it?



Traditionally, we think about lectures and discussion as the key activities in the classroom. We derive the content for these lectures and discussions from our course… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on June 24, 2010 at 12:32 — No Comments

Ako Aotearoa recently published their strategic plan. You can download it here and read the attached commentary explaining the drivers to the new plan. ako-aotearoa-strategic-plan-2010-2013.pdf What’…

Ako Aotearoa recently published their strategic plan. You can download it here and read the attached commentary explaining the drivers to the new plan.

ako-aotearoa-strategic-plan-2010-2013.pdf

What’s driving the plan

Ako Aotearoa’s strategic plan is framed in the context…

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Added by Diana Ayling on June 24, 2010 at 11:12 — No Comments

Studio feedback, critique and assessment for significant learning

Providing effective feedback and assessment on projects in a studio setting is important but can be time-consuming and difficult, particularly given the sensitivities of the creative process!



This post explores existing scholarship on how to best provide feedback that allows for significant learning opportunities and authentic assessment.



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Added by Simon Nash on June 21, 2010 at 8:55 — No Comments

Designing Courses for Significant Learning





We believe you cannot beat Fink's approach to good course design. In fact, if you have a better approach we would love to hear about it. So please share.



The advantages of Fink's approach are:



  1. Integration of the graduate profile knowledge, skills and attributes in…
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Added by Diana Ayling on June 17, 2010 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

The Responsibilty of Programme Design

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From time to time all teachers will need to…

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Added by Diana Ayling on June 17, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

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Added by Diana Ayling on June 17, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

Would you like to see/hear an example of the Living Curriculum in the classroom?

Many teachers are wondering what the "Living Curriculum" looks like in

practice. A large part of the Living Curriculum is student engagement in learning. This is best achieved when student learning is personalised and there is space for students to develop their own strengths and… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on June 15, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Academic Literacies: Assessment design that involves Web 2.0 tools

Food for thought ...

A lot of teachers are excited about the possibilities that Web 2.0 applications (eg wikis, blogs) offer for improving learning. At the same time there is an uncertainty amongst staff about appropriate use, guidance for students, setup, (academic) integrity ...

In the following article, Kathleen Gray et al share useful information on how to design and conduct student assessments…

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Added by Bettina Schwenger on June 11, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Living Curricula? Two useful metaphors for learning

I have been reading an eclectic range of books recently, and musing about our institutional focus on living curricula.

I like the the simplified representation that Anna Sfard used in 1998 to frame two key metaphors for learning: the acquisition metaphor and the participation metaphor. The acquisition metaphor has been a dominant influence in many disciplines (in particular, but not limited to, Language… Continue

Added by Robert Ayres on June 8, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

Integrating Te Reo Maori into your teaching





You may remember Te Puna Ako staff member Hazel Owen. Hazel, has her own business working with educators in around the world. Some of her work is very relevant to Unitec teachers, Check our her latest blog post on Integrating Te Reo into the… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on June 8, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

Is your teaching portfolio stuck or non existent?





For those who value good teaching, portfolios offer a means to promote better teaching and to document teaching achievement.




Teaching portfolios have gained a higher profile in recent years as a creative form of summarizing and developing stronger teaching. For those who may be dissatisfied with the…
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Added by Diana Ayling on June 4, 2010 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Unitec and Practice Based Learning

As part of Unitec's Academic Strategy and Living Curriculum policy teachers are encouraged to consider how we educate learners for work, in work and through work.





Unitec has a Practice Based Learning policy… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on June 4, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

Academic Literacies: Five steps for integrating new teaching and learning strategies

How can we integrate new strategies into the work with our students? How can we scaffold so students learn to use strategies independently? Research undertaken by the University of Waikato shows that the following five steps are significant for students to acquire a repertoire of strategies that they can use independently.

  1. Introduce new strategies one at a time, for example summarising to improve reading comprehension.
  2. Let students have a brief…
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Added by Bettina Schwenger on June 3, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

How far back does ICT-style identity construction go? Eons, perhaps...

Here is an interesting exceprt from an interview with Melvin Konner, a professor in the departments of anthropology and of neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University, USA. His latest book, "The Evolution of Childhood," is an extraordinary look into how we grow, adapt and develop.…



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Added by Edward Flagg on June 1, 2010 at 8:47 — No Comments

The iPhone - a toy, or an essential piece of who we are?

Stanford researcher Tanya Luhrmann says, "My anthropology class studied the gadget's use on campus and uncovered anxiety, addiction and gushing love."



In what ways do WMDs like iPhones become extensions to ourselves? How do they shape our habits? Our outlook? Our identities? What does this imply about the way we might use them as a tool for teaching and learning? …





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Added by Edward Flagg on June 1, 2010 at 8:12 — No Comments

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