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Hazel Owen's Blog – February 2016 Archive (11)

Co-operative learning made easy: A practical guide to working with tertiary student groups

From Ako Aotearoa, a practical guide has been developed to support learning practitioners who would like to incorporate more group work with their learners. It helps answer questions such as: "How can I help my students get more out of group work?" and "My students don't like group work much. How can I support them to get the most learning out of working together?"

The overview from the Ako Aotearoa site reads:…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 25, 2016 at 11:49 — No Comments

10 Tips For Aspiring online community facilitators...

Are you looking for guidelines to help you facilitate an online learning community? Are you keen to start an online project group at your workplace?

You might find the following 10 tips from Vadim Lavrusik useful (with many thanks to Diana Ayling for steering me in the…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 18, 2016 at 16:00 — 3 Comments

Coaching competencies: It's in the balance

While under discussion between coaching theorists and practitioners, there are some core competencies that most will agree contribute to being an effective coach. These core competencies are the ‘things a coach does’ before, during and after a coaching session, and comprise coaching knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour (Southern Institute of Technology,…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 18, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Something practical: 22 Google form templates

While the bigger questions around the meaning of education are engaging and 100% necessary, sometimes it is great to have someone create something really practical and immediately usable. Med Kharbach (of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning) has shared some neat resources for Google Forms - in fact pretty much…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 17, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Reward and engagement in an online statistics class

In her paper Using reward contingencies in online activities to facilitate engagement in a statistics class, Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia suggest that engagement is the time,…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 17, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

To be or not to be...student engagement?

The 3 Rs of engagement are relevance, rigour, and relationships (Dennis Littky, 2004 The student sense of wonder and inquiry are key to engagement, although they also need depth, and to be…

Added by Hazel Owen on February 12, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Sustainability, creativity, innovation and inclusion

1986 Faroe postage stamp celebrating Amnesty's...
1986 Faroe postage stamp…

Added by Hazel Owen on February 12, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

International Science Opportunities (and funding) for Year 12 and 13 students

There are plenty of International Science Opportunities that the Royal Society of New Zealand is offering in 2016 for talented and passionate science  Year 12 and 13 students. Please pass this on to any students you think will be ideal candidates.

Applications close at 5pm on 23 March 2016.


Added by Hazel Owen on February 10, 2016 at 22:37 — No Comments

Vygotsky lives: A Knowledge Bank from Imaginative Minds

I remember reading Lev Vygotsky for the first time. It wasn't so much as a light bulb moment for me, it was more like someone had opened a door and showed me a whole new landscape. For example, "Vygotsky believed that all cognitive development happens through social learning, and thus is inextricable from one’s social-cultural context" (…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 5, 2016 at 17:27 — No Comments

A fan of backchannels? Want your own? Twijector might be what you are looking for

I've been meaning to share this resource for ages (and thanks to Jedd Bartlett for sharing this way back).

You may be a fan of the backchannel at conferences, meetings, sessions that you are facilitating etc...or you may not be sure what a backchannel is. Educause (…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 4, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

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