Driven to distraction: the students who won’t stop talking

Last week I presented to a class of 12 undergraduate students. It was a short 15 minute talk about information literacy, tied to an upcoming assignment. In other words, this was stuff they needed to know. Within the first minute of my opening three students started talking. They were seated in the back row, and the eight or so students in front stared steadfastly at me. I imagine the giggling behind was distracting.

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Technology Enhanced Learning Award – $20K

The ACODE and Pearson Award for Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning seeks to recognise tertiary educators and staff who have harnessed the power of technology to positively impact students’ learning outcomes, through innovative projects and practice or initiatives which have significantly enhanced an organisation’s Technology Enhanced Learning capabilities.

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Going for Gold: how movement can enhance learning.

Eating ice cream while watching our Australian athletes compete at Rio, I told my ten year old that he could become an Olympic champion. He still has time to apply himself and train, train, train (never mind that he has yet to distinguish himself in school sports of any kind). He could do it! Conversely, my days of pie in the sky champion status are long gone.

Can we move on from these lost opportunities (after all, who needs gold?) and harness some learning and teaching related benefits from movement and exercise?

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