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Posts about my teaching practice

More thoughts on online quizzes to teach anthropology

Earlier in the term I blogged a few initial thoughts behind using online quizzes in my anthropology module. I’m coming to the end of this experiment now, and thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of … Continue reading

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Yik Yak focus group

I’ve recently been thinking about how long students should spend on their essays (see my blog post on the subject) . I thought it might be an idea to post something up to Yik Yak and see if I’d get … Continue reading

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Experimenting with online tests to teach Anthropology

I’m in my 5th (!) year of teaching an introductory anthropology class and in the past I’ve looked at YouTube, Pinterest and a reading pack to support my teaching, but this year I’ve decided to overcome initial scepticism and look at … Continue reading

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How can we understand and improve the seminar?

I’m now in my fifth year of teaching anthropology and sociology to foundation year students who have gone on to successfully study a range of social science degrees. Because Durham is quite a small city I often see former students … Continue reading

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How long should a student spend on an essay?

Last year I interviewed a few of my mature students and one of the things that struck me about how they worked was the length of time they spent on their essays. They recognised that it was unsustainable but I … Continue reading

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Reading Pack 2.0

Just over three years ago I blogged about creating a reading pack for my introductory anthropology class. I’ve just put the finishing touches to the 4th version of the reading pack so thought it might be a good time to reflect … Continue reading

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Making a new banner for my course site

Well it’s that time between the admin finishing for the last teaching year and the new intake coming in, and I thought I’d have a look at my VLE course site, which I’ve neglected for too long. This is easily … Continue reading

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Pinterest: Sex, Death and (Famous) Monkeys

I have been successful in getting a little bit of internal money to explore some ideas I have had about using pinterest to teach my anthropology class. I have employed a student from the previous cohort (hello Sarah! ) to help … Continue reading

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Lecturing in the nude

My last few blog posts have been reflecting on open(ish) practice and one instance of this has been making my lecture notes publicly available, warts and all, on slideshare. Exposing my mishapen slides to the unsuspecting public. I had a … Continue reading

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Using new-ish technology to do old things – the reading pack

Despite my interest in using new technology and media in class (such as my youtube project ) I’ve decided over the last week or so to produce an old fashioned hot-bound printed out reading pack for my anthropology class next year, … Continue reading

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