educational leadership

Sneak preview: #RMST221B – “Animal Reading” course design work in progress

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Medievalising beginners’ French assignments & assessment: 2018 renovations & innovations (3), the next steps

This is the third of three posts on “innovative skill-based complex formative assessments.” The first post, two months ago, was about student projects, and how I’d changed them over the last year, learning from the students and from our work in the course. You could call this “interactive transformative learning.” The second post, from early June, was on the move from savoirs to savoir-faire to savoir-vivre, and student e-portfolios. This third one is in a drafty form; I’m posting it anyway. (I’m currently on annual leave and this post was delayed due to my being ill recently.)

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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…)