If you do any kind of science writing and you use Microsoft Word, you likely find yourself repeatedly formatting for subscripts, greek characters, and math symbols.
Until Microsoft Word has AI learning capabilities, autocorrect can take you one step closer to uninterrupted writing flow. It takes a few minutes to set up, but then you can forget about formatting, special character maps, alt codes, subscript and superscript shortcuts. If you’re anything like me and you can’t move on with CO2 looking like that, this tip is for you.
I can’t overstate how much time this saved me. In addition to reducing time formatting, it reduces the need to stop mid-sentence and break precious writing flow.
By the end of my 3rd year environmental change course, students are expected to demonstrate that they can orally communicate environmental change research to specialist and non-specialist audiences. To assess this learning outcome, students deliver research presentations at a mini-conference that they organize themselves. I have been so pleased with the presentations themselves and at the opportunity for community building that I thought it was worth sharing the experience.
My assessment planning (simplified below) is guided by principles of constructive alignment to ensure that students learn the skills they need to succeed at demonstrating their achievement of the outcome.
Today I held a workshop at the Teaching Support Centre at Western University entitled “Using Social Media Effectively in Higher Education”. I will use my next few posts to expand upon ideas presented during that session. First, I’m pleased to share the great ideas for using social media in higher education that the workshop attendees came up with. Please check out these solutions for some great ideas!
There are many reasons why instructors use new technology in their teaching
- It’s shiny and new, it’s fancy! Of course I want to use it!
- If I don’t do it, I’ll be a dinosaur.
- My students are using technology that is alien to me – I better pick up on it so I can speak their language.
Why do you choose any of the teaching methods that you use? Why do you sometimes pick up chalk or a marker instead of showing a downloaded image? Why do you demonstrate how to do something rather than give a handout? I’m sure you have your reasons, and your teaching methods that involve technology need good reasons too!
I’m not sure how other educators decide when to incorporate active learning, but for me the process goes something like this:
Not total chaos…
In sum, I generally develop/ incorporate active learning activities to deal with the boring-lecture-problem, rather than start off with active learning activities that I’m dying to incorporate. This might explain why I use the most random mix of active learning activities, many of which don’t have names (that I know of).