Category: The Educationist

A Reflection: The Art of ‘Noticing’ and Online Collaborative Work

Lessons can be made more inclusive by noticing student behaviour and by using familiar forms of technology within students’ reach.

Why Digital Badges Are The Future of Learning

Forget flying cars and hover boards – imagine a new ecosystem of learning where your own informal learning experiences receive the same recognition as formal degrees and qualifications. Digital badges are taking us one step closer to this reality.

Open All Hours

I have spent the last six years thinking about and creating open educational resources. I have had two very important guides over this time: Stephen Downes and Leigh Blackall. Guides are very important if we are to venture […]

Journeys in Educational Innovation and Summative Peer Review, Iteration 2: Getting Back on the Podium

Earlier in the year, I shared my bruising experiences of introducing ‘flipped assessment’ into my 2nd year Economics class. The experience caused a lot of soul searching and reflection on the unique nature of educational innovation.

The Highs and Lows of the Educational Innovator: of cobbles, haircuts, and flipped assessment (Pt. Three)

Here, I provide some reflections on what an innovative context needs. These thoughts are not exhaustive, but are given as a starting point for discussion.

The Highs and Lows of the Educational Innovator: of cobbles, haircuts, and flipped assessment (Pt. Two)

Despite the hard work in setting the system up, about a third of the students objected to the system, ultimately flicking mud at the unit altogether. The crown had slipped.

The Highs and Lows of the Educational Innovator: of cobbles, haircuts, and flipped assessment (Part One)

I teach a 100+ student second and masters year Economics unit at Monash University that I built from the ground up. Let me share a tale of blood and toil on the frontline of educational innovation.

Teaching feminism/teaching while feminist

As teachers, we all kind of hope that what – and how – we teach matters. We hope that students will journey with us through our classes and by the end of the journey, perhaps think a little differently about the world.