All posts by Dustin Hosseini

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A great piece of research on mental health amongst English language teaching professionals

I recently participated in a study on mental health among English language teaching professionals. The findings have recently been released and I highly recommend that colleagues read the study and its results. Managers within ELT and EAP (English for academic purposes) might benefit from reading the results of the study. Mental health is a serious ...

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CMALT portfolio compiled!

I am taking part in a pilot offered by the Association for Learning Technology that aims to support people in obtaining Certified Membership, or CMALT. In order to obtain CMALT, you have to reflect upon your experience to date and how it relates to the dimensions set out within the frameworks of CMALT. These dimensions, in many ...

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A defence of “political correctness” — Politics and Insights

  I think this article is well worth a read for those of any political persuasion. The author makes several well-supported points. Dialogue is crucial if we are to understand each other and anyone with a view different to ours. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Im5GzJLJD-A?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent The left believe that in order to address prejudice and discrimination, it’s important to ...

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Repost – #15toptips for Student-Centred Teaching 7: Build peer mentoring into your students’ higher education experience

This is a good post about how to build peer mentoring into university courses. With growing numbers of students studying, the value of having experienced students support first-year students is also increasing. Shazia Ahmed and Sarah Honeychurch from the University of Glasgow have also done quite a bit of work on peer assisted learning (PAL), ...

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Thoughts on ‘Why Believing in Your Students Matters’ by Katie Martin

Today I came across this succinct article by Katie Martin on why believing in our students matters, as this can have a significant impact upon a teacher's practices and students' uptake of learning regardless of where learning and teaching that takes place - whether face-to-face or online. While I have known about the need to wait for ...

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Ideas on teaching: should we abandon adherence to lesson aims?

Reflections on an article on Bakhtin & digital scholarship I've recently read an article from the Journal of Applied Social Theory called 'Bakhtin, digital scholarship and new publishing practices as carnival' which discusses how digital scholarship causes disruption to traditional academic practices (Cooper & Condie, 2016). The authors theorize the issues by using Mikhail Bakhtin's concepts on language and ...

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Are we OK, you and I, after you voted to destroy my dreams? — Andrew Reid Wildman, artist, photographer, writer, teacher

Reflections on the EU referendum result I came across this moving post which was written as a result of the EU referendum that appears to be causing deep fissures across the UK to surface. Increasing numbers of reports are coming in of xenophobic and racial slurs being hurled against ordinary people going about their daily ...

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Designing and Conducting a SoTL Project using a Worksheet: A Baker’s Dozen of Important Sets of Guiding Questions — The SoTL Advocate

I came across this post from another blog that I follow. The post has a few ideas for scholarship and some guiding questions that can help teaching staff identify potential areas for scholarship/research. Read more below at the original post. Written by Kathleen McKinney, Professor and Cross Chair in SoTL, Illinois State University Many of ...

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A visit to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam…

While on a short trip to Amsterdam, I visited the Van Gogh Museum. It's a must-see, especially if one appreciates Van Gogh's works of art and related art/artists from his era. The museum is quite popular, so it can be a bit busy but it is worth it. I didn't have to wait in line very ...

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Facebook for Peer Assisted Learning

Today I gave a presentation in which I shared scholarship that has been done by Shazia Ahmed, Sarah Honeychurch and Lorna Love from Student Learning Service and the Learning & Teaching Centre of the University of Glasgow on virtual peer assisted learning groups organized on Facebook. Project background & issues The groups support first year undergraduate students, ...