Introduction to Global Citizenship

Today I decided to start preparing for the “Introduction to Global Citizenship” course starting next semester. The course will have 17 classes from which 9 will be taught by me, and 8 by other 2 teachers. As a “shared” course, I will be teaching 4 classes to each of the other 2 sections. Introduction classes (3) Shared classes (4) Shared classes (4) Shared classes (4) Review classes (2) “Preparing” is not really the term I should have used since I Read More …

Senior Thesis time

We are already in “senior thesis” time. Students running around asking professors to be their advisors and professors trying to avoid some students. I am lucky (somehow) because students generally do not like technology or believe (erroneously) that it is too difficult. Anyway, I put a page together for the few students I am advising: http://portfolio.miyazaki-mic.ac.jp/mahara/view/view.php?id=1284 Hopefully the contents will be useful.

Thesis… OH the thesis…

Soon we are going to start receiving “requests” from students to be their thesis advisor. So, I decided to get ready and prepare (or re-prepare) the material they need. The final result was a very comprehensive page (I think), where students can find most of the information they need. Here it is: http://lab.passos.jp/undergrad-thesis/senior-thesis-guide/ All the documents are stored in Google Drive, giving me flexibility when updating something.

CT & AL Handbook

On Friday last week I sent an email to faculty asking them to provide me a tree paragraph explanation of (at least) one CT and/or AL activity they do in their classes. The idea is to document what we are doing and also be able to provide new faculty with a tangible document introducing some ideas of AL and CT in the classroom. Well, today I finally finished the first mock-up with 11 activities. It might look as a small Read More …

First version of ICT badges

Our class is a living laboratory: First we decided to use Mahara and the new e-Portfolio server in it. Later we started using the rubrics I developed at the end of last year. Now, we are using badges to award students achievements AND to keep class motivation. Syllabus for this class with the evaluation rubrics and badges is available on the MIC website: http://www.mic.ac.jp/pdf/syllabus/SCI151-2.pdf

Electronic whiteboard, here I come.

At the end of November I applied for a special fund within our university. The fund was intended to be used to improve instruction in the classroom. Anyway, I was awarded with it, and my proposal was to improve A.L. and tablet usage in the classroom. The package arrived today. I intend to use it to record whiteboard activity and hopefully make class content available online so students can review it anytime, anywhere. For those who have no idea of Read More …