Brown course blogs

If you are teaching a course for the current or upcoming semester you can request a course blog.  A course blog allows instructors to:

  • Post videos, images, audio, and text for students to view online
  • Enable student contributions to the course blog
  • Promotes community dialogue via commenting tools
  • Link to web resources and embed online content
  • Share content with public audiences

A blog is an online publishing platform that allows members of the course to quickly and easily communicate on the web through text, images, audio, and video. Brown Blogs run on the WordPress blogging platform and many of the most popular WordPress plugins and themes are installed for easy customization.

Here are a few helpful links

  1. Request an official Brown course blog
  2. Request an official Brown non-course blog (i.e. program or project site, personal blog, etc.)

Team Based Learning and the CATME toolkit

Team-based learning or project-based learning with a semester long group work component are successful learning strategies to keep students motivated, engage them in authentic learning activities, and prepare them to work in diverse multidisciplinary teams in the workplace.

For this approach to be fruitful, instructors design a semester long sequence of learning activities culminating in a final project. The experience is enriching when the diversity of the classroom is reflected in the teams rather than when students create their own teams based on familiarity.

Although this sounds promising, instructors may face challenges. . It is time consuming to gather demographic information from students and create teams that offer the best combination of participants to take advantage of the diversity. It can be difficult to judge team performance and intervene when needed. Moreover, many instructors find it unfair to assign the same group grade to all individuals when it is not clear how much each member contributed to the team work.

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What is Flipped Instruction? Theoretical and Practical Foundations

Trend or not, the growing desire for college instructors to “flip” their courses is a good sign for teaching in higher education. It indicates a burgeoning belief that the traditional design of the college course is overdue for change, and that a lecture-based format should be enhanced or extended with more active, participatory, or project-based pedagogies. Combining these pedagogical beliefs with the capabilities of emerging technology has led to the development of what many call “Flipped Instruction,” a loose term that covers a range of teaching and learning strategies. It is precisely this range of strategies that makes flipping a nebulous idea for many instructors. In this post, we pose answer to the commonly asked question- what is flipped instruction?

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