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My 3rd grade teacher

July 28th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
I wrote the text below when I started this blog. Meanwhile, I changed the structure of the blog and decided to deactivate all the static pages. With it, this text got archived. Today George Couros sent a tweet asking the following: Who is a teacher that made an impact on your life? Immediately Manuela came [...]

Academic publishing

July 24th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
I am finally making sense of the notes I took while in the summer school. Once I fully recover from all the traveling, and provided I survive my interim assessment, I might post something about effective writing, which was what made me apply for that summer school in the first place. Today however, I want [...]

About a PhD…

July 15th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
Any stories worth sharing? Here is some thoughts about my own experience as a PhD student. This post was inspired by Joyce Seitzinger’s tweet … and my lack of sleep! Basically the PhD is a journey … a journey you will start out with all the willing of the world.  I still remember the big smile [...]

Making it personal and meaningful

July 13th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
We’ve made it! I just can’t believe that the first edition of the PLE Conference already belongs to the past. But it’s true. It happened last week. And YES, I think I can say we have achieved our main goal which was to invite people to contribute to the event in different ways. Before I go on [...]
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    Interesting research on student centered learning and student buy in, as picked up by an article in Inside Higher Ed. A new study published in PLOS ONE, called “Knowing Is Half the Battle: Assessments of Both Student Perception and Performance Are Necessary to Successfully Evaluate Curricular Transformation finds that student resistance to curriculum innovation decreases over time as it becomes the institutional norm, and that students increasingly link active learning to their learning gains over time


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    Research published this year by Vitae and the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and reported by the Guardian highlights the pressure on post graduate students.

    “They might suffer anxiety about whether they deserve their place at university,” says Sally Wilson, who led IES’s contribution to the research. “Postgraduates can feel as though they are in a vacuum. They don’t know how to structure their time. Many felt they didn’t get support from their supervisor.”

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