essays & commentaries & other writing

Learning environments: a review of some university classrooms

Hieronymus Bosch. The Garden of Earthly Delights. Madrid, Museo del Prado. Detail via @boschbot.

I have now been teaching at UBC for ten years. I’ve taught in 43 classrooms; some of them for more than one course, and some of them for courses that were in a different room for every class in a week. Another two will be added to the list in the coming academic year. It is time for some reviewing. (more…)

(notes from a dream on the eve of the June full—Strawberry—moon)

You know how sometimes you have very vivid dreams shortly before waking? (more…)

Medievalising beginners’ French assignments & assessment: 2018 renovations & innovations (2), savoir-vivre

(This and other medieval manuscript images punctuating this series of posts are via Emily Steiner (University of Pennsylvania), @PiersatPenn)

This is the second of three posts on “innovative skill-based complex formative assessments.” It is about individual savoir-vivre ePortfolios.  (more…)

interlude: World Otter Day

Man and Sea Otters. Susan Point (Musqueam), serigraph, 1981.

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Medievalising beginners’ French assignments & assessment: 2018 renovations & innovations (1)

(This and other medieval manuscript images punctuating this series of posts are via Emily Steiner (University of Pennsylvania), @PiersatPenn)

French courses here at UBC have changed considerably over the last two years. (more…)