Radar charts everywhere!!!

It is normal to provide students with feedback every time they submit an assignment. Still, some students (sometimes) do not understand where they need to improve. To address this issue, I have been handing out mid-semester reports to all my students and the easiest way for them to understand it to stick a radar chart in it. Yes, I know we can do it with a spreadsheet software, but I wanted something that would be generic enough that I can Read More …

Mapping course objectives and CT

I am not sure it is possible… yet, but lately I have been thinking that there must be a way to map my course objectives with critical thinking. The Bloom’s Taxonomy comes to mind… now the questions is, can a (easy to understand) mapping be done? Today I found a document from the West University of Florida which tries to educate instructors on how to write effective learning objectives. It looks like a place to start. The document can be Read More …

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.

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 …