Becca Black
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What is your current role and interest in higher education?
Academic Development Advisor
Faculty of Technology & Built Environment
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How confident are you at finding information online?
Very confident
How confident are you at adding content online?
Very Confident
How confident are you at publishing your ideas online?
Very confident
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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