What makes up our belief systems?

See if confirmation bias affects your daily decisions. I have been trapped by my confirmation bias on infinite number of occasions. Discovering ways to break out of your confirmation bias can lead you to the truth and potentially greater knowledge.

I got the opportunity recently to revise a course with some new material. It's a course on communication in the automotive industry. The course is good already but it needed refreshing.
I decided to incorporate a different approach and got away from a delivery method to a self-discovery method. 
Using Kolb’s model of experiential learning, I decided to model the course from what the learners bring to the table. We would then expand on the learner’s current ideas and create further areas to discover. I believe that this should create for better discussions and hopefully greater comprehension of new materials.

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This is used for journals and reflective papers. It creates a framework to invoke meaningful discussion and deeper understanding of material being discussed.
It takes a collaborated effort with learners to create a cell phone policy that can be effectively applied in the classroom. The policy needs to take into account complicated lives of adult learners and be respectful to each other. Studies have shown that there are negative impacts to an open cell phone policy.

"Research has indicated that student performance is significantly correlated with cell phone use. A study by Duncan, Hoekstra, and Wilcox (2012) demonstrated that students who reported regular cell phone use in class showed an average negative grade difference of 0.36 ± 0.08 on a four-point scale. Students also underestimated the number of times they accessed their phones while in class. While students reported an average access rate of three times per class period, observation data showed the rate was closer to seven times per period. An interesting finding is that other students are distracted when students text in class (Tindell and Bohlander, 2012). So while a student may claim he’s only hurting himself when texting, studies show that others are affected also."
Quite often we forget to highlight the importance of why learners are in the classroom at onset of the course.

I am thinking of revising my icebreakers to include an element of WHY they are taking the course beyond the normal, "because I want to learn about...blah, blah, blah".

Something like, “not only will this course help me learn about_____ but it will also allow me to______ in the future” will stretch the thinking and confirmation of why they need to learn the material.

Having the leaners reflects on the why right form the beginning could possibly create greater engagement.

I recently had a chance to debate how to deal with late assignments,

We looked at several models and weighed advantages and disadvantages if all of them. It was self-gratifying to me that the group choose my current method as the best policy for late assignments.

My policy is simple:

Everyone gets one late assignment.

It will be marked out of full marks.

It can be up to 7 days late. Anything past 7 days will not be marked.

You only get only one late assignment privilege, if used early you do not get another one. If left unused it can be used to extend the timeline of your final assignment.

Understanding the importance timely and accurate feedback. This simple video displays how the feedback can lead to desired results.

I quite often see learners get discouraged by their perceived lack of progress. Simply doing the assignment over and over again to get desired results may not be enough. Using constructive feedback where the learner gets guidance on what they can do to improve will assist in the success of leaners and educators.

This will be a good video at the start of any course start. 

Today we learned how to create rubrics.
I now know all the things I was doing wrong. It was easy to identify some poorly designed rubrics and how they can impact on learner performance not to mention the issues created for the institutions. I discovered that just having a rubric in place (the instrument) is not enough to provide complete feedback. You need to have an interpretation matrix outlining impacts of obtaining your rubric score. 
For instance, what does getting a 70% mean? Is that a pass or fail? Good or bad? So it's important to have a scoring scale.

Now that I know the art of creating rubrics, I can do it on anything! 
In class our rubric exercise was on cheese filled croissants, yummmm.

I have recently enrolled in PIDP 3230 Evaluation of Learning. This course looks at designing assessment and evaluation strategies to align themselves with the course outcomes and the delivery of the given content. 
Reliability and Validity - these two words play an important role during the design phases of the assessment. 

We quite often design assessment from the educator’s point of view and quite often forget about the learners, in my opinion it would be important to design the assessment to aid on the learner’s development.

It was interesting to discover that most of the educators only focus 5 hours of total class time towards developing evaluations and assessments when they are earning their teaching credentials. We will be spending 40 hours on creating evaluation strategies, far more than other teaching professionals. Looking at the schedule on the board behind me, it's going to be a busy week.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs  is a psychological theory proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation”. The theory is most commonly portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental levels of human needs at the bottom and with the ultimate need for self-actualization at the top.
This image is one of my favourites. It looks at how" You don't know what you don't know. Then moves into, now you know what you don't know, Then into, you don't why or how you are doing it. Eventually you end in the conscious/competence realm where you can carry out your craft in confidence knowing how and why.


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