When facing quandaries of knowledge explosion, critical thinking matters

Both Michael Welsh and Pavan Arora stressed the importance of cultivating students’ critical thinking and argued that teachers should give priority to students’ problem-solving abilities while disseminating knowledge. The knowledge-ability proposed by Michael Wash probably reflects Aristotle’s Practical Wisdom. “Aristotle believed that wisdom was not for theoretical debate but for… Read more »

Major Learning Project-IELTS Academic Writing and Speaking Module

The language barrier has always been my biggest concern over the past year. Even though it has been one year since I came to Canada, I am still struggling with my English, particularly the ability of speaking and writing. Learning English is a life-long learning process, but, periodical progress can… Read more »

Social Media Has Been Changing the Way I live, I learn, I teach.

Social media has drastically changed my way of life, learning and teaching over the past 20 years. I’m still excited to think back to the moment I connected to my friend in the UK on Yahoo! Messenger. My friend showed me his dorm and sent a lot of photos of his school life through video chat. These photos enriched my presentation in an English class on “What is life for an international student like in London?” Also, Chat Room as an integral part of Yahoo Messenger served the purpose similar to what Quora partially is doing today,-a popular question-and-answer platform, where people around the world can post threads… Read more »

Summary of Learning

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Sapna and I made a team to finish this summary of learning. I am so excited and proud that we have designed and developed our own online course. We could not imagine we finally made this happened. Without Alec’s guidance and precious feedback and suggestions from classmates, we were less… Read more »

We emphasize Collaboration and Communication in our course shell.

In the process of designing our online courses, we were keeping emphasizing the importance of communication among students as well as between students and teachers, this is particularly an integral part of the asynchronous session. What forms of student/student-instructor interactions have you implemented? /What justification can you provide for choosing… Read more »

Reflection on my teaching practice, blended learning employed.

Compared with the traditional teaching models, my attempts on the model of blended learning in college English teaching has some advantages, which can be summarized as follows: Blended learning can be used to extend the boundaries of learning so that learning can occur at any time,any place,and students can have… Read more »