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  • Jon,

    Your words echo my own experience with our version of the Landing, called Pace Commons.

    Although the Landing is often used for teaching purposes, it deliberately avoids things like institutional roles, and deliberately blurs such distinctions when its users make use of them (eg. when they create course groups). It can be quite confusing for students expecting a guided space and top-down structure, and annoying if you are a teacher trying to control the learning space to behave that way, but that's simply not how it is designed to work. The Landing is a learning space, where everyone is a teacher, not an institutional teaching space where the role is reserved for a few.


    I am hoping that the community feeling more comfortable (or at least more inclined to participate) in this learning space.

    Gerald Ardito 2 days ago

  • Jon,

    I agree with your comments:

    The only thing that the researchers could really have been looking at here was not the extent of antisemitism on different social media, but the ease with which they could find it.

    Thanks for sharing.


    Gerald Ardito March 29, 2017 - 5:01pm

  • Interesting article Jon. I can believe that 80% of teachers in the UK and the Netherlands believe that student learn best in their prefered style. (I wonder what the percentage would be in Canada.)

    I used various learning style inventories for quite a few Septembers for a couple of reasons. They gave me a chance to learn a lot about students and their approaches to things like following directions in a way that engaged them - who doesn't like thinking about themselves? It also gave me the opportunity to introduce the concept of metacognition and using strategies for learning. I was also curious about the whole idea and noticed that although I had inventories that were designed to be age appropriate, students didn't develop preferences until they were 10 or 11. Until then their profiles were flat. 

    In the end, if they prompt teachers to accept learning strategies that are different from their own and encourage students to think about how they learn, there is some good in them, but they're a long way from science. 

    Mary McNabb March 15, 2017 - 10:30pm

  • I think we could get a grant for a phrenology study. Surely, it will be resurrected as a new fad in education any day now.

    So, you are saying indoctrination is a bad thing? Laughing

    Gerald Ardito March 15, 2017 - 12:35pm