Topics and course materials

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General Reminders about posting:

You need to post at least 7 times during the semester. There are nine posting opportunities during the semester. You are welcome to post more often, of course. The prompt for the week will be on the GEDI Central section of the front page.

Everyone needs to post for the first three weeks.

Posts are due by midnight Monday. Posts submitted on time will be available in the “weekly posts” section of the front page Tuesday morning.

General Reminders about commenting:

You need to comment on at least three posts for all nine posting opportunities. That means a minimum of 27 comments over the term. You need to read and comment on posts even on the weeks you don’t post yourself. Comments are due before class begins on Wednesday.


Week 1 (1/20): Learning Community Welcome

  *Fri. 1/22: Set-up Blog and Post URL here by 5pm

Week 2 (1/27): Connected Learning (post — everyone)

Doug Belshaw “Working Openly On the Web”

Gardner Campbell, “Narrate, Curate, Share. How Blogging Can Catalyze Learning”

Scott Rosenberg, “How Blogs Changed Everything”

Tim Hitchcock “Twitter and Blogs are Not Just Add-ons To Academic Research”

Seth Godin and Tom Peters on Blogging

Week 3 (2/3): Anti-Teaching / Mindful Learning (post — everyone)

Mike Wesch, Anti-Teaching: Confronting the Crisis of Significance  (also here)

Ken Robinson – How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Ellen Langer, Mindful Learning (Scholar)

Optional: more on Mindful Learning by Ellen Langer (Requires VT Library login)

Also here.

Week 4 (2/10) Assessment (post — everyone)

Alfie Kohn, “The Case Against Grades”

Eric Liu and Scott Noppe-Brandon, Imagination First, (intro, ch. 1; Scholar)

Donna M. Riley, We Assess What We Value: “Evidence-based” Logic and the Abandonment of “Non-assessable” Learning Outcomes” (Feb. 2016)

Marilyn M. Lombardi, “Making the Grade: The Role of Assessment in Authentic Learning”

Dan Pink, RSA Animate. Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (11 minutes)

Dan Pink, The Puzzle of Motivation (TED Talk, 18′ 30″)

Week 5 (2/17) Engaging the Imaginations of Digital Learners (post)

Robert Talbert, “Four Things Lecture is Good For

James Paul Gee, What Video Games Have to Teach US (Scholar)

Mark C. Carnes, “Setting Students’ Minds on Fire

New Learners of the 21st Century

Week 6 (2/24) Discovering your Authentic Teaching Self (post)

Sarah Deel, “Finding My Teaching Voice” (pdf here)

Seymour Papert, “Yearners and Schoolers,” from The Children’s Machine

Shelli Fowler, “The Authentic Teaching Self and Communication Skills

Week 7 (3/2) Inclusive Pedagogy (post)

Shankar Vendantam, The Hidden Brain

Workplace Diversity Pays (full article by Cedric Herring here. VT login required)

Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens, “From Safe Places to Brave Spaces” (Scholar)

Claude Steele, “Identity and Intellectual Performance” (Scholar)

Claude Steele, “Reducing Stereotype Threat” (Scholar)

Additional optional / supplemental resources also on Scholar

Materials and references from previous GEDI courses here.

Spring Break

Week 8 (3/16) Designing a Learner-Centered Syllabus

Due: Syllabus Draft

Steven Tepper and George D. Kuh, “Let’s Get Serious About Cultivating Creativity” (requires VT library log-in)

Gardner Campbell, “Curiosity as a Learning Outcome

Joan Middendorf and Alan Kalish, “The ‘Change-up’ in Lectures” also here.

    Supplemental Materials for Syllabus Design

Week 9 (3/23) Critical Pedagogy (post)

Shelli Fowler, “Paulo Freire and Critical Pedagogy” (Scholar)

Joe L. Kinchloe, “Paulo Freire (1921-1997) and “Moving to Critical Complexity” in The Critical Pedagogy Primer (2004), pp. 69-75 and 108-110 (Requires VT Library Log-in)

Paulo Freire, “The Banking Concept of Education,” Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ch. 2, pp. 71-86

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom, Ch. 2, pp. 29-37 Missing pp. 33-34.  But complete excerpt is here. Start on p. 9 and read these sections: There is no Teaching without Learning, Methodological Rigor, Research, Respect for What Students Know 

Optional: Paulo Freire, Short Video on Curiosity

Optional: June Jordon, Report from the Bahamas, 1982(Requires VT library Log-in); also here.

Week 10 (3/30) Attention and Multi-Tasking (catch up post only)

Nicholas Carr; Is Google Making Us Stupid? and the comments (briefly)(2008)

Jason Farmon: The Myth of the Disconnected Life (2012)

Clive Thompson, Smarter Than You Think, 2013 (Scholar)

Optional Reading:

NYT interview with Thompson

Media Multi-taskers Pay Mental Price (2009)

Students Stop Surfing After Being Shown How In-Class Laptop Use Lowers Test Scores (2009)

Optional Viewing:

Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi on Flow and Happiness (TED Talk)

PBS: Digital Nation

Week 11 (4/6) Formulating Your Teaching Philosophy

Due: Teaching Philosophy Draft

Gabriela Montell, “How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

The Professor is In, “The Dreaded Teaching Statement: Eight Pitfalls

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (Iowa State CELT)

Supplemental / Optional:

Tutorial on Writing a Teaching Philosophy (University of Minnesota)

Faculty Focus: Philosophy of Teaching Statements (Magna Publications)

Week 12 (4/13) Breathe (no F2F meeting)

Week 13  (4/20) Problem-Based Learning

Due: PBL Case-Study Draft

*Maura Singleton, “Adjusting the Prescription. The School of Medicine Overhauls its century-old educational Approach” (2011)

*Tiwari, Lai, So and Yuen, “A Comparison of the Effects of problem-based learning and lecturing on the development of students’ critical thinking,” Medical Education 2006: 40: 547-554 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2929.2006.02481.x (VT Library Log-in Required)

*Why PBL?

*Dan Tries Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study (also on Scholar)

Resources for Problem-Based Learning – University of Delaware.

SUNY Buffalo Case Study site

Week 14 (4/27) Teaching for the 21st Century — Connecting the Dots (post)

Parker Palmer, A New Professional: The Aims of Education Revisited

Dan Edelstein, How is Innovation Taught? On the Humanities and the Knowledge Economy

Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams (hub for various formats) / What is School For? (TedxYouth@BFS)


Sonia Henry, When do Medical Students Lose Their Empathy?

Atul Gawande, Personal Best

American Association of Colleges and Universities, It Takes More Than A Major:Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success (2013)

Week 15  (5/4) Final Meeting

Due: Dear Dr. Nelson Letter and Finished Portfolio