ODCE: Postmodern Pedagogy by Mark Taylor

The last session of the day was the continued discussion with the keynote speaker Dr. Mark Taylor. During lunch Dr. Taylor gave an excellent presentation on the Millennials. He spoke about the generational cycles and what is assumed and true about the habits of the current generation of college students.

He continued his earlier discussion by focusing on the need to change to a pedagogy of engagement, activity, and options. Instructors continue to use classic teaching methods (e.g. lectures), which don't engage post-modern learners. His pedagogy of engagement is based on information/knowledge/content, application/skills/utilities, and meaning/value/caring. You have to start with information, show the application, then help the learner connect it to other experiences for meaning.

Class time is to valuable to teach information that can be easily found elsewhere. It is more important to relate knowledge to student's experiences and must show practicality.

He stressed the need for instructors to obligate the learner to come prepared to class and then class time can be spent on application and meaning. Instructors should also articulate their expectations of engagement, preparation, and participation.

ODCE: Developing Engaging Learning Units with PBL Templates

Dr. Dave Dalton from Kent State University presented the fourth session that I attended. His presentation was very detailed. The presentation covered PBL basics, talked about how to create a problem, how to use it in the classroom, and how to assess learning.

He focused the majority of his time talking about the various model units that have been developed. He gave examples in math, science, language arts, social studies, and fine arts. His examples are from the K-12 setting. Most could be modified for use in a college classroom. He recommended two of Ann Lambros's books, Problem-based learning in middle and high school classrooms : a teacher's guide to implementation and Problem-based learning in K-8 classrooms : a teacher's guide to implementation.

He is developing a databases of PBL templates which will eventually be available on the instructional technology web site at Kent State. 

Timing of ALA Ahead to 2010 mailing…

I work 1 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays.  I just got home and went through the mail. I received from ALA a 9×12 white envelope stamped "ALA Ahead to 2010". Inside is a letter from Gorman encouraging me to vote for the dues increase, the ALA Ahead to 2010 plan, and a FAQ document on why I should vote for the dues increase.

All of these are nice informative pieces. The major drawback to this mailing is that I've already voted. I completed voting the same day I got the email with my voting password.

This would have been more helpful if it could have gotten here prior to the start of voting.  Maybe mine was lost in the mail?  It's business class mail coming out of Addison, IL which is 428 miles from my house.  Maybe the company ALA hired to process this mailing got them out late?  

Yet another head scratcher…