The Ups and Downs of Flipping the Classroom

The Ups and Downs of Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the classroom is one of those instructional strategies that seems to elicit opposing reactions from educators: some vow by it arguing that is an excellent avenue for student-centered learning, whilst others claim that it is essentially the lecture-model of teaching in disguise. The University of Texas at Austin succinctly explains what a flipped classroom is [...]

The Different Hues of Inquiry-Based Learning: Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning

The Different Hues of Inquiry-Based Learning: Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning

"Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than mere information delivery." What the heck is inquiry-based learning? by Heather Wolpert-Gawron on Edutopia   Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning [...]

Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals through Data Visualization

Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals through Data Visualization

  Infographics are one of the various data visualizaiton tools that I frequently use in my classes. I love infographics because they help my students understand and easily remember information (read my post here where I talk about the picture superiority effect). It is also relatively easy to find an infographic with the information you [...]

Creative Commons – Here to Save you from a Copyright Impasse

Creative Commons – Here to Save you from a Copyright Impasse

Thirty-nine thousand years ago, humans were using images to record and communicate ideas, long before any form of writing was developed. In our digital era, this quintessential means of communication is more relevant than ever. With the amount of information available at a click's distance, images can help pique the audience's interest and steer them towards certain content, [...]

Not Just a Tweak: Reimagining Teaching and Learning in a Connected World

Not Just a Tweak: Reimagining Teaching and Learning in a Connected World

Forty thousand. That's the estimated number or search queries on Google per second. The same source states that in 1998, the year Google was founded, the search engine received 10000 search queries per day.  As it is evident, we live in a time where the amount of information is growing exponentially, and so is the [...]

ATL: Communication skills – Using intercultural understanding to interpret communication

ATL: Communication skills – Using intercultural understanding to interpret communication

Use both hands to receive. Don't stick the chopsticks in your bowl of rice. Never ever walk into someone's home with your shoes on. These are just a few of the many Chinese customs and etiquette rules that we had to learn before moving here. So, why did we bother learning these? As expats, we could have [...]