One of the more vivid sessions presented at HERGA 2014 was by Dr Julia Miller’s presentation of some of the work she and her team have created to support teachers and learners of English as an additional language on her English for Uni website. I would make an immediate disclaimer that this website is for anyone […]

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HERGA (the annual Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide) was held here in Adelaide on 24 and 25 September. I was fortunate enough to be able to make it for the whole 2 days and came away with enough ideas and recharging to last me for months. At points, I felt that my brain had […]

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Khan Academy – a fantastic website at any time – has a new campaign out. It’s the “You can learn anything” campaign. I love the concept and I wish more of our students would grasp it. Particularly, I wish it for students who have been labelled with disabilities, the very names of which have become […]

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In response to my blog post “Student-centred or learner-centred?” (April 29, 2014), Jo Russell-Clarke* posted a comment about the difference between being a member of an ‘industry’ or a ‘noble profession‘ in the context of learning and teaching. I agree that I’m a teacher and thus I’m a member of a (mostly) noble profession. But […]

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I’ve just returned from some (rather overdue) leave and am stunned by the difference it makes to have had a break. Theoretically, of course, I believe in the necessity for leave. Pragmatically – not so good at practicing the theory. It is so easy to be ‘too busy’ to take a break. But having been […]

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Last post I admired a student approach to anti-procrastination, which has to be acknowledged as an historically embedded enemy of study and accomplishment. We have records from ancient Greece through Medieval Europe and onward, bemoaning student procrastination, for instance. But there is also as much danger of our students failing exams from over-study as under-study […]

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My daughter sent me this commitment certificate that is currently doing the rounds on our students’ Facebook pages. I think it’s rather brilliant, and shows that our students can be seriously smart cookies when they choose. While I’m a trifle dubious about “safe quantities” of snack food, I think the concept of acknowledgement / commitment […]

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My dog Eevee and I (yes – named for the Pokemon – not my idea or spelling) are training together to become a Delta Team. Delta teams (dog+human) are best known for their work visiting hospitals, aged care homes and palliative care units, but their work is broader than that. One of the lesser known […]

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I have been a proponent of learner-centred teaching for a long time. However, I have serious issues with student-centred teaching. I think there’s a world of difference – starting with “learner-centred” focusing on the need for teaching to be about facilitating and empowering learning by the learner(s). I find a lot of “student-centred” focus seems […]

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I was revisiting Phil Race’s “In at the Deep End – starting to teach in Higher Education” and came across that simple but significant statement: “It is better to help your students make notes rather than just take notes”. It is so easy to make assumptions about what our students will already know or be […]

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