At work, my team and I are often engaged in the task of evaluating educational technologies – for their technical functionality, information security, digital accessibility, and (the focus of this post) pedagogical value. The results of these evaluations inform the advice and support we give to colleagues as well as various decisions we make internally,… Continue reading Is educational technology valuable for teaching & learning?
A recent Academic Anonymous post in The Guardian about how student surveys are affecting a young professor’s confidence got me thinking. Yes, we want students to enjoy our courses. And yes, we want students to find our instructional innovations engaging. But we can’t forget that students’ perceptions of enjoyment or engagement are not measures of… Continue reading Relying on “Smile Scores” To Measure Student Learning Is Not a Good Idea
“When it comes to teaching, expertise is a double-edged sword.” I could be quoted as making that statement dozens of times over the course of my career in faculty professional development. Why? Because one of the biggest challenges we face as teachers is the expert’s blind spot. Put simply, the expert’s blind spot is the… Continue reading The double-edged sword of expertise