In the interest of practicing the curation piece of my PKM system, I'm investing some time in reflecting back on a year of podcasting in 2015.
I'm grateful to each guest who accepted the invitation to be on the show.
As I consider what I want to take with me into 2016, I'm focusing on key lessons for me from 2015's Teaching in Higher Ed podcasts.
This is part one of a three-part series on lessons from the podcast. I'll share five lessons in each post, for a total of 15.
Things are going to be messy and that's ok.
I shared with Jose Bowen about one of my bigger teaching failures. Instead of shaming me, he celebrated it and told me to keep it up.
I believe in noisy and messy classrooms. – Jose Bowen
There's a lot one can do with a timer.
Natalie Houston introduced me to the idea of using timers more in my teaching and productivity. When I'm meeting with students, I'll now set a timer on my Apple Watch. When it goes off, the student doesn't realize it, but I know to start to wrap things up to move on to my next commitment.
I am able to be more present for others in my life using timers. Plus, I can make sure I don't get too caught up in something solitary and miss out on other priorities.
If you're I'm not having my students solve problems or the problems I'm having them solve lack interest to them, I'm missing the boat in my teaching.
2015 meant that I had the opportunity to speak with someone who I have admired from afar since I started teaching in higher ed more than a decade ago.
Ken Bain's voice has been in my head, ever since, encouraging me to create opportunities for students to solve problems that they find interesting or beautiful.
[Good teaching] is about having students answer questions or solving problems that they find intriguing, interesting, or beautiful. -Ken Bain
Digital literacy is less about generations and more about context.
Steve Wheeler challenged the notion of digital natives on episode #38 and has had me thinking so much more about context ever since.
It’s not about age; it’s about context. -Steve Wheeler
Keep content independent from an LMS and therefore more portable into whatever system comes my way.
Scott Self helped me see a whole new potential for using Evernote (or any cloud-based notebook system) in my teaching. He stressed keeping content out of LMSs, for the most part, since at any point, a university could decide to make a change to the system that they use, leaving all our course shell creations useless.
Part 2 – coming soon
Stay tuned for next week's post with part 2 of lessons learned from podcasting in 2015.
[reminder]What is a lesson you're taking from the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast into 2016? [/reminder]