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Applying Ordinary Teaching for an Extra-ordinary Learning Time

In this second post of a series using the different categories of significant learning outcomes (SLO) as a basis for sharing how some teaching strategies and best practices came to be, the ordinary actions of teaching and learning are worth exploring for their extraordinary impact. Although we typically talk about “best practices” and “effective teaching,”… Continue Reading Applying Ordinary Teaching for an Extra-ordinary Learning Time

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Intellectual Freedom Supported by Foundational Curriculum Outcomes

As a curriculum and assessment geek, I interpret writing high quality learning outcomes as the ultimate privilege in intellectual freedom.  Discussions surrounding the updating of course outlines with significant learning outcomes (SLO’s) initially surprised me when they were often NOT about this big idea of a democratic education.  Considering causes for differing perspectives, I realized… Continue Reading Intellectual Freedom Supported by Foundational Curriculum Outcomes

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Learning Outcomes Can Be Sexy AND Significant to Students

…but usually learning outcomes are more like finding out you’re pregnant.  Either you are, or you aren’t.   The state of being pregnant is a significant outcome. The different reasons leading to getting pregnant were related to your objectives. “Just tell me how to get an A,” students frequently say.  In other words, just tell… Continue Reading Learning Outcomes Can Be Sexy AND Significant to Students

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A Different Kind of Flipped Classroom: Student Reactions to Competency-Based Education

The terms flipped classroom and competency-based education (CBE) are frequently used to describe strategies targeting the need for graduates having identified and acquired skills used in the work force. Interestingly, both terms refer to different fundamental paradigm shifts of learning regarding the student and instructor. The flipped classroom approach changes the use of class time, moving lectures and one-directional communications to outside of… Continue Reading A Different Kind of Flipped Classroom: Student Reactions to Competency-Based Education

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