Week 5: Communication & Collaboration

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I have, I think, always collaborated in some ways with many different teachers and colleagues. For example, my master’s thesis (Cowie, 1997) was entitled ‘Collaborative journaling through email’. It was about developing teaching skills through reflective talk with a peer teacher. We communicated with each other by email which at the time was a relatively … Continue reading “Week 5: Communication & Collaboration”

Week 4: Exploring the wider context

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 1. Legislation In this first video, I discuss the issue of ‘academic integrity’  (Gray, Waycott, Clerehan, Hamilton, Richardson, Sheard & Thompson, 2010; Kimber & Wyatt-Smith, 2010; Richardson, Hamilton, Gray, Waycott & Clerehan 2012) and copyright issues. In my own practice I use online videos to teach students about referencing sources and using images and when … Continue reading “Week 4: Exploring the wider context”

Week 3: Exploring Learning, Teaching & Assessment

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1. An understanding of teaching, learning and/or assessment processes I am not teaching at the moment as the new school year does not start until the beginning of April. Therefore, I will try and describe an assessment from a previous course. I mentioned in the Week 2 post about Operational Issues that my school does … Continue reading “Week 3: Exploring Learning, Teaching & Assessment”

Week 2: Operational Issues

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1. Constraints and benefits I teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at Okayama University in Japan. It is called a ‘national university’ which means it is a publicly funded institution that gets its money from student fees and government support. The fees are lower than private universities. I say this because many people’s image … Continue reading “Week 2: Operational Issues”

Week 1: Contextual Statement

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In the video below I explain why I am interested in digital technology for education (it involves a short story about a broken leg) and the context in which I teach (Okayama University in Japan). Other information My partner (in life and for research), Keiko Sakui and I have written a book chapter on how … Continue reading “Week 1: Contextual Statement”