I guess that’s it…

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

I blush – I just finished reading your last blog entries.

I have to say a big thank you to all of you for making this such a successful module this year. I have really enjoyed it. You talk about how much you have learned… I read every blog every week. Although it is part of my job, it is a great part of my job. As much enjoyment as you have had engaging in this module, finding out information, and presenting & writing about it each week – I get to do the same things, but I get paid for it. I think the benefit is all mine

I am sad to see this end for another year, and am so glad that the first time I did this (last year) it didn’t turn out to be a cohort effect (if you don’t know what that is – read your RM text again). You have engaged every bit as well as last years class, and you have made it every bit as exciting. I have learned a great deal (again), and am looking forward to next year when I can do it again.

I like it so much, I am even considering putting on a Masters of Arts degree using this model. It would consist of 50 blogs & comments (covering an entire year) broken up into 5 different aspects of applying the principles of psychology to education (cognition in education, motivation in education, learning & behaviourism in education, and two 10 Blog segments bracketing the module on general educational thinking). In addition, there would be 20 compulsory talks throughout the year, and a major thesis on the area (scholarly work as opposed to empirical work). All of the blogs, comments, and talks would be marked on a criterion basis (either you meet the criterion or you don’t) with the only thing graded being the thesis.

I think this programme model would work both face to face or completely online students (there is great online conference software). The model would not work to traditional semester or year deadlines, but would be portfolio based – when you have done all that is required, you get the award (within reason – I think it is currently 5 years). This would allow currently working teachers to enrol in the programme and learn all the stuff you ahve learned this past semester.

Let me know what you think.

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Great Break

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

I hope you are enjoying your break – with nothing more than your final year project before (which, for your final degree classification is worth about …).

Never mind – the sun is (was) shining, the birds are singing, and your blog marks are up for this week. Special mention goes to Adrian, Becky, Hannah P., Jack, Katie, Michael (I hope you are part of the 36%), and Rachael G. A lot of great stuff out there again.

Looking forward to our last class together – not because it is the last, but because I look forward to seeing you one last time (honest).

enjoy your time off – you deserve it.

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Spring is here…

March 21, 2012 2 comments

And so are this weeks grades. Great job (again). Specifically, Carys, Catherine, Ceri, Jack, Kate, Leigh, Maz, Olivia, and Steven (‘s tome).

Last blog this week, with comments for marking by the 28th of March. At that point, you should know how well you have done on the module.

I think this year has gone great, and the model works (wasn’t just a cohort effect). Thanks for all your great talks, have a great break, and see you 9:00 a.m. on the first day back.

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Can’t believe it – Week 8 already!!!

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

The semester has flown by. I am still well motivated by what you are doing – although a bit disappointed by the 9:00 Monday diminishing crowd.

However, this weeks blogs are pushing the boundaries – I actually gave out some 5* grades.

I think the blogs I note each week are both well done (which could be said of a lot more than the ones I list) but are also ones that catch my interest (I’m only human you know). The ones I really liked this week are: Adrian, Ben F., Hannah P., Jack, Kolja, Maz, Sam, Steven (still really long), Suzy, Tom, and Zoe.

Only two more blogs, and then the reflection after our spring break.

I will ask you to get your comments done by the Wednesday after we break up so I can grade them and get your scores up as soon as possible. I have also decided that for your reflective blogs in Week 10, I will mark them with an exemption marking grade – I am not in a position to be able to judge your reflections as better or worse than – than what??? I would like both blogs and comments that week, but will only give you an X mark if you fill the criteria.

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March 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Grades are up – you did well again. You might be interested to note that the Internal Quality Audit went well for the School (just thought I’d throw that in because that’s what I was doing this week to make things late).

Great blogs of note are: Becky, Ben J., Chiron, Hannah P. Jack, Katie, Suzy, and Tom. I thought I’d give a special mention to Steve’s blog for his efforts at being brief.

Have a great weekend.

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March 6, 2012 1 comment

I just wanted to remind everyone that this is a psychology class, and that we need to be trying to bring some psychology background into our speaking and writing.

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Sources & Talks

March 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Two topics I want to go over with you. The first is your sources of information. All of you know how to evaluate sources as to their reliability etc. and yet, I see too many dodgy, secondary references. As a result, I have moved grades down if your primary reference is a newspaper or news site (e.g. bbc.co.uk). These might be great places to get ideas, but you need to look at primary sources to get your information, not secondary interpretations. These secondary sources are about attracting readership or selling papers, not on presenting good, unbiased information. The exception is if the news source is presenting findings they have found (e.g. a guardian poll found…).

The second concern I want to raise is the attendance at talks. I know they are not compulsory, however, I think your peers deserve your support. This last week only a little over half of you were there. Monday at 9 isn’t anyone’s favourite spot, but it is the one we have. I hope that the structure of the module is such that you enjoy the talks – so please make the effort.

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