Tag Archives: Learning

Reflections of my PIDP journey so far

It has been two years since I started the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma (PIDP) and I definitely have learnt a lot along the way. The first course I took was PIDP 3100: Foundations of Adult Education. Since I am from … Continue reading

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The Importance of Lifelong Learning as an Instructor

This blog entry is a summary of a length entry I made about the need for continuing education. It helps paint a picture about the importance of lifelong learning as an instructor. From previous PIDP courses, I have learnt that … Continue reading

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Forming a Supportive Network

When discussing how to survive emotionally as an instructor, Brookfield (2006, pg. 259-261) stresses the importance of instructors having a group of colleagues they can turn to for support and comfort. Many instructors, including myself, spend most of their time … Continue reading

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Working Philosophies in Higher Education

Objective When discussing how to survive emotionally as an instructor, Brookfield (2006, p. 255) mentions that “…any working philosophy can be full of contradictions, unrelated to real life, or just plain immoral. The fact that we have a philosophy does … Continue reading

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US universities exploiting Visa loopholes

Universities in the United States are making millions of dollars off foreign students by exploiting Visa loopholes. The full article is available here but I’ll provide a brief summary of one story in the article. An institution in California called … Continue reading

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Lecturing Creatively

Research by Brookfield (2006, pg. 102) shows that students find lectures helpful if the have the following traits: They use a mix of teaching and communication approaches; They are organized in a way so that students can follow the lecturer’s train … Continue reading

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Very creative lecture!

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Teaching and Learning Essential Skills

Objective When discussing the assumption that skillful teaching is whatever helps students learn, Brookfield (2006, p. 19) states that“…there will be very few standardized practices that help students across the board learn essential skills or knowledge. An approach that one … Continue reading

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University of Ottawa oh dear…

I came across the following article in response to a controversial event that was organized and swiftly cancelled at the University of Ottawa. The event in question was a racial awareness event organized by the student union where students were separated … Continue reading

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Responding to Resistance

Brookfield’s (2006, pg. 211-233) discussion suggests that before responding to student resistance to learning we first understand the resistance. One issue that I have recently discovered is a lack of clarity in my assignment instructions. I don’t tend to realize this until … Continue reading

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