The Nitty Gritty – 25+ Pragmatic Tips for Independent Learning and University Success
Part 3 of 3 of a presentation at the University English Centres of Australia (UECA) PD Fest, at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – Insearch, May 12, 2018.
After introductions, context, and explanation of ‘Elvis Moments’, the first part examines tips from the library. Starting out with the Dewey decimal system, moving on to file naming conventions, textbook navigation, internet research, research databases, and lastly academic articles.
The second part then looks at the wider university and the genius of Mr Miyagi, the iconic character from the 80’s Karate Kid Movies, and his practice of killing two birds with one stone. After this old course materials are discussed, then learning management systems (LMS) followed by course software.
Internet & Communications Technology (ICT) followed by processes and strategies are the focus of the third part. In ICT the flipped classroom, Googling, connectivism, reverse engineering, splitting the monitor screen, grammarly software, Google Docs voice typing, find functions, Google Translate, bookmarks, video to MP3 conversion, book summaries, audio books, and finally Wikipedia are highlighted.
The final section of the presentation on Processes & Strategies begins with the 3R’s of referencing, report writing, and research skills, followed in rapid succession by content and language integrated learning (CLIL), visual imagery, multiple intelligences, IQ puzzles, levels & options, and Blooms revised taxonomy.
PS Please forgive the excessive information on the slides, I am breaking a rule that I teach my academic English students of keeping the slides simple in terms of text and images. This is so that the PowerPoint can be a reference for those interested.
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‘Enterprise Education – Connecting Schools with the Creative Knowledge Economy’ by Clive Graham
Dr Clive Graham oversaw the core subjects of my Master of Creative Enterprise (MCE) at CQU.
I am close to finishing this book and wish I’d read it years ago so I could have discussed it with Dr Graham while completing my Masters. His compelling case for a Creativity-Innovation-Entrepreneur Network and Transdisciplinary whole-of-school approach should be applied across all sectors of education.
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- Tech that adapts to student’s style of learning and thinking
- Creation of immersive and compelling environments e.g video games
- Social networks to increase student interaction
- DOWNSIDE How to learn grit?