Biggs: Revision of Chapter 1 – 3rd Edition

I thought I'd re-read through the initial chapters of Biggs' 3rd edition to see what has changed.  In fact, there were a couple of particularly interesting discussions added that were absent from edition 2. Biggs' has gone to great lengths to explain the history of outcomes-based education (OBE), and to separate his theories around constructive-alignment... Continue Reading →

Biggs: Teaching for Quality Learning at University – 3rd Edition

I am now back turning the pages with Biggs' Quality Learning at University. I have purchased the 3rd edition of Biggs' bread and butter book on constructive alignment.  Superseding edition 2, I'll be focusing on this latest edition in my investigation into constructive alignment.

The Eportfolio Tug-of-war

Foreword This blog post has seen me fall into old habits with my blogging.  It has turned into a very large document and has taken considerable time to write.  Not how I wish to blog.  My apologies if its too much to digest. 🙂 Damien. Introduction I have tried to capture a broad, but shallow... Continue Reading →

Biggs: Reflection – Chapter 1

Introduction After reading through Chapter 1 of Biggs "Teaching for Quality Learning at University" 2nd Edn, I found myself identifying with almost everything he had to say.  Due to the size of this posting, I have broken it down into various sections. The changing landscape of tertiary education Biggs begins with an explanation of the... Continue Reading →

Definition: Action Research

Having come across this term in the past, I felt it time to get my head around it once and for all.  What is action research? I recall in the past, I have described action research as analogous to that of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).  In my case, an example of relating new... Continue Reading →

Definition: Didactics

Came across a new word for my vocabulary:  didactics. According to wikipedia, didactics describes theories surrounding learning and teaching in an education context.  The article goes on to say that a didactic method is a teaching method that focuses on student engagement and is underpinned by a science based approach. Constructivism is given as an... Continue Reading →

Definition: Blended Learning

So I google Blended Learning and wikipedia, the fountain of all knowledge appears at the top of the list.  May as well start there. It would appear that the term "blended" is used in the context of mixing different approaches together when designing. Approaches can range from modes of delivery, to learning styles or even... Continue Reading →

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