Serious Badging – Gamification needs to reach another level in Education

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Over the past the word Gamification has been used to almost unbearable amounts when talking about the next big thing in education. Gamification will keep students more glued to their studies, more serious regarding their study goals and overall it’s going to be the swiss army knife to solve educational problems all over the world. […]

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Technology & Freedom – Experiences from a University class

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Another (summer) semester comes to an end. This means time to share a few things that I’ve tried over the past few weeks. During this summer term I was mainly responsible for a class called “Introduction to Computer Systems & It’s Applications”. It’s a subject that is part of the General Education program here at […]

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University life unplugged: Fights with the exam committee

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Most people I know always think that working at a University is quite easy, no pressure to meet any goals (ha!) and so on. Of course, as we all know, that’s not the case. There are goals and deadlines and everything else that one knows from the ‘real’ world. If those things are taking seriously […]

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How students in Thailand try to bribe

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You always here about corruption and bribes here in Thailand and I already mentioned in some prior posts that I see students giving “presents” to teachers because they ‘like the teacher’ and just ‘want to be nice’. This week however I have been subject to a bribing attempt. Not a very obvious one but still…and […]

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I don’t know you, but I hire you. Foreign teacher placement in China gone wrong

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Before you start hating on me for stereotyping. Yes the following incident was, so far, a single incident on University level. If you read through my old post about sucking ESL Teacher placement you’ll see things like that happened before though. However this time on University level which makes it, in my opinion, even worse. […]

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Open book (tablet) exams with internet access at University

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This semester I am trying something new in my “intro to computer” class. For the first time ever I will have a completely open book exam which in this case means students will be allowed to use their tablets (which they receive when starting their studies at our university) and smartphones in order to find […]

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