Tuesday, 28 October 2008

C1520 STudent with a stutter

In this module all of the students are expected to give a 5 minute mini presentation of themselves to the class as part of the first assignment. I have a student who stutters and does not want to do it, however if he does not then he will not only no get a mark for the asignment, as it has 2 parts both of which must be completed he will not be able to interact with the rest of the class so he will not be fully integrated. I told him to produce a ppt presentation and if he can't speak to point to the slides. I have spoken to the module leader AB to see what to do in the future as there are other presentations and group work to do. It is an interesting problem as the module is about communication as is most of every body's life. He tells me that he has been to several psychologists but they have not been able give him a mechanism toget round presentations.

C2463 wiki set up

The various groups are finding it difficult to understand what they are required to do with wiki's, some of them are saying that they want to be taught not have to do it for themselves!

Friday, 24 October 2008

Hi everyone,

It's been a long time since the last blog. Not good enough on my part.

This is to make some comments the PGCertHE so far. we've had some stimulating sessions, not least about your very inditeaching and learning situations; about what works and some issues that continue to challenge. I hope to return to some aspects of the programme e.g looking at lectures, possibly in week 8 as I we had a shorter session on that in September.

In reading week, I hope you have had some time to re-cap and reflect; maybe read over some of the course materials and links to articles we have sent out so far; some of you may have ventured into reading Biggs or explored some of the Problem-Based Learning Texts in the library. I hope you have all been able to gain access.

I hope also that some of you will have begun to meet informally in learning sets; to have mulled over some topics arising from the sessions; had a cathartixc shriek about what there's left to cover!

I'd like very much to come and observe people teaching from now and to have names of mentors if I haven't already got those. Please send your timetables or some sessions that you would very much like me to observe. Remember that you can get started on Teaching in Practice: start to reflect on particular sessions, what's working; what you might improve; ask any knotty, nagging questions which might form become more critically approached in the journal session.

You might look back at some of the learning and teaching models we have discusssed; on aspects of theory.

Are they applicable to your work? Would they help in planning teaching? How could They be shared with, even modified by, students to help their learning?

Are there any questions you'd like to pose on here for us all to pitch in-if not with a solution, by offering creative suggestions in approaching them?