As the new year begins, I thought I’d take this opportunity to review some of the most popular posts from 2016. If you missed last week’s post, I shared the first half of the “Top Ten” list. Happy New Year!
1. What’s Your Teaching Perspective? This post, shared in May 2016, was the most visited and shared post of 2016. The post examines the Teaching Perspective Inventory (TPI) and discusses how the TPI can be used (and potentially misused) in professional development and hiring situations.
2. The Open Syllabus Project: Friend or Foe? Written in January 2016, this post discusses how Columbia University has been collecting and analyzing syllabi as part of a collaborative open educational materials project. While I’m a big supporter of open initiatives, I identify some of my reservations with the Open Syllabus Project in the post.
3. What’s Your Teaching Metaphor? Shared at the start of Fall 2016 semester, this post emerged from a discussion in a doctoral class where one of my students saw educators as “brokers” of learning. That remark prompted me to do some research on “teaching metaphors” and how different instructors describe their roles.
4. The SAMR Model: A Critical Perspective. Everyone loves the SAMR model of technology integration! Okay, maybe not everyone. In this post from May 2016, I share some of my reservations of the model.
5. The Magic Pill of Online Teaching? Written in January 2016, this post examines an instructional strategy for online learning environments that has been shown to have significant impacts on student success.