The Best Habit Tracking Apps

"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work"(Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft). What makes exceptional people exceptional? Are they different from ordinary people? Are ordinary people just lazy? Are exceptional people just lucky to be born with strong will power and self motivation? … Continue reading The Best Habit Tracking Apps

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Is e-learning in South Africa even possible?

I am trying to do a course about teaching with technology. We're supposed to be talking about implementing technology.  My attempts to discuss how we can implement these technologies when we don't have adequate internet infrastructure, access to technology, e-learning is literally taxed to line some politicians pockets, etc. etc. have been politely shut down. Again. … Continue reading Is e-learning in South Africa even possible?

Assessment, evaluation, and the learning process

Nitko and Brookhart (2011) examine how assessment can aid teachers and students to make decisions about the learning process. Assessment procedures can be used to give feedback to students and teachers, to motivate students to study, and to give guidance about what students should focus on learning. It is necessary to bear in mind the … Continue reading Assessment, evaluation, and the learning process

Ako

The Maori word for learning, ako, does not “differentiate between those who dispense knowledge and those who acquire it. Knowledge is always a collective entity”[1]. Why do we not have a word just like this? Education is a reciprocal process in which the teacher and student embark on a quest together to find out something … Continue reading Ako

Study Buddies

I recently wrote the final exam for my Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, a journey that took two years across three countries (Oman, Cambodia, and South Africa). It is with heavy sigh of relief that I would like to thank the pets that have supported me throughout my studies. I'm going to start with Deya, … Continue reading Study Buddies

Technologically Illiterate is Functionally Illiterate

It really concerns (terrifies) me that particularly in a module about Instructional Techniques and Media, my fellow students (teachers themselves) are not only technologically illiterate, but resistant to technology. There have been endless complaints about the use of technology in the modules we are completing as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (PDTE) … Continue reading Technologically Illiterate is Functionally Illiterate