Posts Tagged ‘ teaching ’

Creating valuable conversations through discussion forums

April 8, 2014
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Creating valuable conversations through discussion forums

The coming of changes in the Common Core Standards will affect our university classrooms very soon.  During Spring break this year, I attended the CUE (Computer Using Educators) annual spring conference in Palm Springs, California. Many of the sessions explored how the Common Core affects teaching/learning in the K-12 classroom.  Surprisingly, several sessions covered how…

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Changing courses―the minimum feature set

March 12, 2014
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Changing courses―the minimum feature set

Steve Blank is a veteran entrepreneur who now teaches entrepreneurship and is known for “the Lean LaunchPad” approach to teaching entrepreneurship as a management science.  As Blank notes, early adopters are more interested in the vision than in an extensive feature set.  Using them to get early feedback on your product will make the development…

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Engagement through online video collaboration

February 10, 2014
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Engagement through online video collaboration

Good teachers know that student engagement makes for a better classroom experience.  In today’s strategy classes, much of the learning activity takes place in groups and through virtual interaction.  Often, the collaboration tools associated with our learning management systems are outdated and make it difficult for real-time sharing.  With the advent of Google+, new tools…

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Lean start-up and MVP―your strategy course

November 1, 2013
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Lean start-up and MVP―your strategy course

Building new courses or revamping existing ones, we are faced with satisfying several stakeholders, some of whom may be in disagreement.  Curriculum committees, standards boards, students, parents, hiring community and alumni are just a few that come to mind.  Designing and building a strategy course takes a significant amount of time and effort.  Often, we…

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Alan November―Changing the ecology of learning

September 1, 2013
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Alan November―Changing the ecology of learning

In this TEDxNYED talk, educator Alan November sets up the argument that students are concerned about conducting purposeful work that leaves a legacy.  The message in this video transfers to college level students in strategy courses.  One of the young students who contributed often to the website “fan fiction” http://www.fanfiction.net/ had poor school grades.  When…

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Renewal

August 1, 2013
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Renewal

Summertime gives us an opportunity to renew our energy and enthusiasm for teaching.  Many of us travel for vacation and conferences.  With the changing weather patterns and slower life, we have an opportunity to investigate new teaching techniques and methods for assessing our effectiveness as teachers.  Maryellen Weimer’s article “Learning with students vs. doing for…

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Teaching across the boundaries with images

April 8, 2013
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Teaching across the boundaries with images

On a recent trip to an organic farm in the Southern California highlands, I came across these two women talking under an 1100 year old live oak tree.  Though thirty years separated them and their life histories had little in common, the image captured shows them at ease in their conversation.  The shared moment juxtaposed…

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Linking virtual learning to student free-time

March 11, 2013
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Linking virtual learning to student free-time

A recent article by the PRNewswire reviewed the online and mobile video presentation initiatives currently in place at Babson College.  Using the Brainshark, Inc platform, students and faculty create and exchange virtual multimedia presentations that augment the face to face and online teaching environments.  The cloud-based system is delivered on a variety of mobile devices,…

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Innovating our teaching-selves through outsourcing

February 5, 2013
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Innovating our teaching-selves through outsourcing

This time of year, grading tasks loom over our physical and virtual desks.  Large piles of student papers, tests and presentations represent assignments we expect will reveal the relative learning, if only we can spend the time to look at each piece of evidence critically.  Sometimes Teaching Assistants take on these grading functions, guided by…

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Competition in the MOOC-sphere

January 14, 2013
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Competition in the MOOC-sphere

This past fall, I audited Chuck Eesley’s Stanford Venture Lab MOOC course, “Technology Entrepreneurship.”  With more than 34,500 students listed in the system, the experience provided an interesting view of what works in this MOOC environment.  In the LinkedIn dedicated group, one of the students asked about the kind of competitive relationship that exists among…

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