Social Learning Online: What Do We Know So Far?

On May 23 the Bok Center hosted a discussions with Phil Soffer, VP of Operations for Piazza, and science faculty and preceptors.  We asked Phil to write a guest blog post about the conversation; here are his thoughts on best practices for use of interactive social media in college courses.  Phil’s post gives some pedagogically…

Quote of the Day

“When you’re a professor, it’s possible to go long stretches of time without knowing what’s going on in the heads of learners. When you’re lecturing all the time and never hearing from students, you have no sense of how transfer or misconception deficits are accumulating.” – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required…

Teaching with Objects, Part 4

In this four-part series, Departmental Teaching Fellows Anita Nikkanen (Comparative Literature), Erin Blevins (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), and Meredith Schweig (Music) reflect on the why, how, and what of teaching with objects. These reflections grew out of “Teaching with Tangible Things: Museum Collections in the Classroom,” a workshop they offered at the Bok Center’s 2012…

Quote of the Day

“Understanding is remembering in disguise. To get a student to understand, a teacher must ensure that the right ideas from the student’s long-term memory are pulled up…”. – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required to view lecture video

Teaching with Objects, Part 3

In this four-part series, Departmental Teaching Fellows Anita Nikkanen (Comparative Literature), Erin Blevins (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), and Meredith Schweig (Music) reflect on the why, how, and what of teaching with objects. These reflections grew out of “Teaching with Tangible Things: Museum Collections in the Classroom,” a workshop they offered at the Bok Center’s 2012…

Around the Web: Testing and Thinking

Last week there were a couple of stories in the news about how standardized testing can dovetail with curriculum development. This week, the College Board announced that David Coleman will be its new president and CEO. Coleman co-founded the non-profit that helped develop the Common Core standards, and the move demonstrates the College Board’s focus…

Quote of the Day

“‘Understanding’ is looking at the vast array of outcomes and saying — that’s what we want students to get/know/do.” – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required to view lecture video

Teaching with Objects, Part 2

In this four-part series, Departmental Teaching Fellows Anita Nikkanen (Comparative Literature), Erin Blevins (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), and Meredith Schweig (Music) reflect on the why, how, and what of teaching with objects. These reflections grew out of “Teaching with Tangible Things: Museum Collections in the Classroom,” a workshop they offered at the Bok Center’s 2012…