Making a Case for Technology in Education

I have regular conversations with educators about the role of technology in their practice and was encouraged to write a series of blog posts to foster curiosity, provide information and suggest resources to begin dialogue for and with the KPU community. I have been an educator at KPU since 2010 in the Faculty of Health…

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Blog essential questions

Shortly after writing my recent post on discussion-based learning I came across a book by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins (2013) titled Essential Questions – Opening doors for student understanding. Asking questions is something most teachers do, however have we seriously considered how the quality of the questions impacts the quality of the response? Reflecting on…

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Discussion Based Learning- Considerations for blended learning

“Learning through discussion is often aligned with learning through collaboration” (Laurillard, 2012). However, they are not the same pedagogical focus. The focus of collaboration is to produce something that has been created together. Discussion on the other hand is to explore concepts, negotiate meaning, share perspective and deepen understanding.   In a traditional classroom discussion is…

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Online Discussion forums

At first glance, asynchronous discussion-based learning seems simple and obvious, pick a question to post in a forum and post it in the learning management system. If only it was this simple. As a beginning online instructor, I used the questions given to me by a colleague and found myself frustrated with a class full…

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