PBEY4103:First class

Yesterday was my first class with my PBEY students. It was interesting to meet all of them again. There are many things which I want to share with them and learn from them at the same time. Hopefully, there is time for me to give input before they step into the teaching world.




GL2010:day 02 cont part 3

One brilliant active session by Prof. Carmel McNaught on Writing and Publishing Academic Papers for Conferences and Journals.


Things which I learned from the session:-

-A good article regardless for a journal or theses, you should have these elements: COHERENCE, CLARITY, COMPLETENESS (Carmel, 2010)

-To be a good writer, discipline yourself to write everyday (of course, you can have breaks during the weekend)

-peer review is essential. let your friends / peers read cause they can see what you might not be able to see in your own article

-FIVE HOOKS for a good academic paper (regardless journal, theses or proceedings):



[C] FIRST SENTENCES – Get to the POINT. What is the paper’s contribution? NUTSHELL needs to be in the first paragraph


[E] LAST SENTENCES – referring to the conclusion: wraps the paper up and SHOW WHERE it going next. DO NOT REPEAT the abstract here.

-LITERATURE – in past tense

-METHODOLOGY – in past tense

-A COHERENT STRUCTURE: INTRO=Tell them what are you going to say, MAIN BODY=Say it, CONCLUSION=Tell them what you said and where are you going

-CLARITY: Need to have ONE KEY IDEA, do not ignore EDITING


– COMPLETENESS: FOUR ASPECTS TO TAKE NOTE (taken from the slides presented during Prof. Carmel Session)






All right: here are 39 tips of How to write More, Better

(You can find the list on the net, not sure who came up with the list. This is one of those list that get forwarded in email)

1. Avoid alliteration. Always.

2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

3. Employ the vernacular.

4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

5. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

6. Remember to never split an infinitive.

7. Contractions aren’t necessary.

8. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

9. One should never generalize.

10. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”

11. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

12. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.

13. Be more or less specific.

14. Understatement is always best.

15. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

16. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

17. The passive voice is to be avoided.

18. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

19. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

20. Who needs rhetorical questions?

21. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

22. Don’t never use a double negation.

23. capitalize every sentence and remember always end it with point

24. Do not put statements in the negative form.

25. Verbs have to agree with their subjects.

26. Proofread carefully to see if you words out.

27. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

28. A writer must not shift your point of view.

29. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction. (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)

30. Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!

31. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to the irantecedents.

32. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

33. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

34. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.

35. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

36. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.

37. Always pick on the correct idiom.

38. The adverb always follows the verb.

39. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; They’re old hat; seek viable alternatives.

One more The Island of Research to wrap things up.

(Again google to search for the image cause the one which I have is hard copy, distributed during the session.)

Where am I?

Where are you?

-Image taken from http://www.effectperformance.com/sites/prestera/graphics/M4/island.jpg

GL2010:day 02 cont part 2

Attended 2 key notes: Both had interesting titles. So without any expectation, went to listen.

The first one was on Global Educational Technology: A Luddite View by Jon Baggaley from Athabasca University, Canada


Now, I am clueless of the term LUDDITE and why-what does LUDDITE got to do with educational technology. Prof. Jon mentioned that LUDDITE refers to someone who dislikes the usage of technology. Here are links to what is LUDDITE and NEO-LUDDISM.



An article (I google) on LUDDITE and educational technology:


So since it as refer to anti-technology, what is the relationship with educational technology then. Believe me, I am trying to understand what is being presented. A different level for me, I must say.

A snapshot of selected slides from Prof. Jon presentation to help the reader see the connection with NEO LUDDITE and EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY.


The second keynote was on Beyond Dichotomies: Rethinking the World Through New Technologies by Merry Merryfield from The Ohio State University, USA


She illustrated how technology such as youtube, wiki, blog, skype helped students from different continents to have a better understanding of each other by erasing the stereotyping and assuming through providing real, on-live examples (see pictures below).

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Technology, yes, does provide endless opportunities to make in-depth learning. Learning is not just confined within the pages of the written textbook which may some of the knowledge may expire with the global development engulfing the world. Therefore technology makes learning knowledge current. Of course, the instructor needs to be selective in these knowledge as there are issues in the validity and the credibility of content. It all boils down to how the instructor collect and collate and deliver these content-knowledge.

GL2010:day 02 cont

Nicholas Bowskill, University of Glasgow, UK on Shared Thinking as a Community Model of Induction and Transition


It was an interesting session on SHARED THINKING – a pedagogical innovation which focuses on (1) working as a whole group (2) the whole group as a resource for learning

To find out more, click on the link provided:



The next session is by Dr. Vanessa Chang from Curtin University, Australia which talks about Generation Y Learning in the 21st Century: Integration of Virtual Worlds and Cloud Computing Services

Here are some snapshots of the slides from Dr. Vanessa’s presentation; rationale of the research, preparatory analysis, lecturer and students’ perception of SecondLife and conclusion-futurework:-


GL2010:day 02

18052010: morning.

Keynote speech by Prof. Asha Kanwar on Towards Sustainable OERs: A perspective from the global south


OER: Open Education Resource

Things I took note of during the keynote by Prof. Asha

– Found out the 1st gen of OER is MIT which developed OPENCOURSEWARE, 2nd gen of OER is UKOU which practiced OPENLEARN (sharing and learning), 3rd gen of OER is VUSSC which delved into COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY

– Potential offsets for OER


– Sustainability of OER depends on the it being process-oriented not product oriented.