Educational Conundrum of the Week – Narrative Pedagogy

While teaching in Japan, I told stories about perseverance using Wayne Gretzky, endurance using Terry Fox, and politeness using the pervasive Canadian “sorry”. The stories fell flat because my Japanese audience couldn’t connect. What did they know about these topics? Nothing. My point never hit its target so I started using Japanese examples. At the … Read more

Educational Conundrum of the Week – Flipping to a Plan B

We know the benefits of active learning with some instructors trying classroom flipping to engage students. However, some have said that students just don’t prepare in advance and their class outline goes out the window. What successes have you had with classroom flipping and what fallbacks could you recommend if some students don’t prepare?

Digital Pedagogy beyond Google & YouTube

A camera is considered a digital tool to enhance learning, so too are audio recorders, DVDs and smartboards to name just a few. When thinking “digital pedagogy” we often focus solely on the Internet (e.g. YouTube, Google & Kahoots). Let’s expand our short list above. What one digital tool do you find most effective in … Read more

Blackboard Features that Make Your Students and Your Academic Life Easier

We all use apps that organize and enhance our lives in a variety of ways. There are many features in Blackboard that can organize and enhance the delivery of your courses. Here are three Blackboard features that when used, can organize and enhance the academic experience of your students. One: Calendar Blackboard has a real-time … Read more

Conundrum of the Week: What’s your Story?

Narrative Pedagogy, or storytelling, is an educational tool we can offer students who learn in a variety of ways and who enter the classroom with diverse interests and backgrounds. Some instructors are more comfortable using this tool than others. Have you adopted storytelling into your classroom? If so, share an example and its outcome.