Thursday, 7 April 2011

Thing 5 - Pedagogy Profile Widget

Blog Thing 5
  1. What do you think of the idea of 'pedagogy profile widget'? A further attempt to digitalize learning environments.  If the tool at hand serves the interests of "authentic learning" (cloudworks), then to what extent if any does the expression in scare quotes indicate something other than "marketability" or "fitness in the ongoing stream of productivity"?
  2. What do you think of dividing the rows into 'modules', 'terms' and so on; or do you think the original idea of using 'weeks' works best?  Perhaps a colored pie-shaped graph for every week could be used, instead.  Something resembling this (first sample off the internet)...
  3. How does it compare with any other methods you're using to balance learning aspects across the spread of activities etc?  The tool at hand adds sophistication and complexity there where I would rather seek simplicity and flexibility.  As far as I can tell, the assigned categories for learning-aspects are strictures justified only relatively to institutional demands to set up a system of pre-emptive responses to students' doubts concerning assessment criteria.  In other words, the digitizing may serve to mask, rather than reveal, the real Art of Assessment, which, if properly exercised, remains "off the chart" insofar as it has its roots in the student's strength of mind or intellective virtue.  Thus I would find it more helpful to ask: is the student really thinking?  To the extent that he is thinking rigorously about the course subject, he will be able to give evidence of this thought to the teacher who has ears to hear; and he will be receptive to the assessment given by the teacher who knows how to speak to students who have ears to hear, as well as to students who remain rather dismissive of the art of listening.
  4. Filling out your own pedagogy profile, did you find it illuminating or frustrating? Are there any ways you would change it to better reflect what you do? Simplify!  Fewer "numbers." Convert the "profile" back into prose-form.
  5. In what ways do you see this being useful to you as a course designer? Alas, N/A.
If you're interested...
  • Add the .jpg of your own 'Pedagogy profile' to your blog post (hint: use the 'save as .jpg' button and afterwards upload it to your blog post using the 'image' icon in your blog )
  • Look up 'Pedagogy profile' on Cloudworks (here's a link) and share your response directly with the OULDI team there

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