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The One about English as the dominant language of the profession

The most difficult thing about majorities is not that they cannot see minorities but that they cannot see themselves. Glen Colquhoun (2004) Introduction In a 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class of Kenyon, David Foster Wallace told a story of two fish swimming along when they pass an older fish swimming in the opposite direction.…

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The One about Learning Styles

We conclude therefore, that at present, there is no adequate evidence base to justify incorporating learning-styles assessments into general educational practice. Thus, limited education resources would better be devoted to adopting other educational practices that have a strong evidence base, of which there are an increasing number. Pashler et al. (2008) Introduction In this newsletter…

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Feeling overwhelmed, emergency remote teaching, and online learning in a hurry

Students and teachers are leaving learning behind in the pursuit of survival. Podcast Anderson, C. (2020). Elizabeth Gilbert says it’s OK to feel overwhelmed. Here’s what to do next. The TED Interview podcast. I think you would have to be either a sociopath or totally enlightened not to be feeling anxiety at a moment like…

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Remote work, authentic online learning, and Covid-19 resources

Bring students into the conversation as early as possible by having them collaborate on the syllabus, outline the objectives of the course, design activities and assessments, etc. Jesse Stommel Podcast Fried, F. & Heinemeier Hansson, D. (2020). Remote work Q&A Part I and Part II. The Rework Podcast. This is a longer than usual introduction…

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IQ testing, challenges to dual-processing, and the cost scientific publishing

Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. Podcast Galeph, J. (2018). Stuart Ritchie on “Conceptual objections to IQ testing”. Rationally speaking. I used to think that IQ tests were only good at measuring performance on IQ tests but over the past few years my thinking around IQ testing has evolved. In…

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Annotation, AI, and disobedience in the classroom

Everything works somewhere, nothing works everywhere. Dylan Wiliams Podcast Wills, S. (2013). Peter Brantley on annotating the web. The Scholarly Kitchen Podcast. Peter Brantley, the director of scholarly communication at the start-up Hypothes.is, talks about the firm’s efforts to build an open annotation layer on the Web, his thoughts on how in-line annotation differs, in…

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