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  • March 21, 2017
  • 08:20 AM
  • 65 views

On the impact of blogging — or how far does my message mix?

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

What is the impact of this blog? And who am I writing it for? Those are not questions I regularly ask myself. The main reason I started blogging was to organise all the interesting stuff I was collecting for my introduction to oceanography lecture at the University of Bergen in one place, so I would…... Read more »

  • March 14, 2017
  • 07:08 AM
  • 65 views

Nonlinear effects in shallow water waves

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

I recently googled for something related to the shape of waves and came across a photo of a wave that caught my eye, and it took me to a journey that lead to the article “nonlinear shallow ocean wave soliton interactions on flat beaches” by Ablowitz and Baldwin (2012). What’s discussed in that article is that while…... Read more »

Mark J. Ablowitz, & Douglas E. Baldwin. (2012) Nonlinear shallow ocean wave soliton interactions on flat beaches. Physical Review E, vol. 86(3), pp. 036305 (2012). arXiv: 1208.2904v1

  • September 21, 2015
  • 09:05 AM
  • 635 views

And even more on motivation

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

Last week we talked about motivation quite a bit: First about why do students engage in academic tasks?, then about how motivation is proportional to the expectation of achieving a goal. Today I want to bring it all together a … Continue reading →... Read more »

Ana T. Torres-Ayala, & Geoffrey L. Herman. (2012) Motivating Learners: A Primer for Engineering Teaching Assistants. American Society for Engineering Education. info:/

  • September 16, 2015
  • 05:11 AM
  • 731 views

Motivation proportional to the expectation of achieving a goal?

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

In the last post I talked about a paper on “Motivating Learners: A Primer for Engineering Teaching Assistants” by Torres-Ayala and Herman (2012). Today, I want to present a different motivation theory, also described in that paper: Attribution theory Attribution … Continue reading →... Read more »

Ana T. Torres-Ayala, & Geoffrey L. Herman. (2012) Motivating Learners: A Primer for Engineering Teaching Assistants. American Society for Engineering Education. info:/

  • September 14, 2015
  • 03:15 AM
  • 614 views

Motivation: dangle a carrot rather than threaten with a whip!

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

Why do students engage in academic tasks? Next week I am giving a workshop on teaching large classes at TU Dresden. I gave a similar workshop there in spring, but because of its success I’ve been given twice as much … Continue reading →... Read more »

Ana T. Torres-Ayala, & Geoffrey L. Herman. (2012) Motivating Learners: A Primer for Engineering Teaching Assistants. American Society for Engineering Education. info:/

  • September 7, 2015
  • 05:37 AM
  • 531 views

Can there be “too much” instruction? Apparently yes!

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

I recently, via the blogpost “lessons from a toy” by Eyler (2015), came across the article “The Double-edged Sword of Pedagogy: Instruction limits spontaneous exploration and discovery” by Bonawitz, Shafto, Gweon, Goodman, Spelke and Schulz (2011). The article sets out to find out whether children primarily … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 31, 2015
  • 05:22 AM
  • 638 views

When math hurts

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

One of the larger projects I am currently working on deals with connecting the math courses, which are compulsory for all freshmen at my university and taught for most students together, with the other subjects they are taking at the same … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 31, 2015
  • 05:01 AM
  • 687 views

Of the importance of giving opportunities to practice

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

When you are short on time and want to teach as much as possible in a given time, how do you allocate time to different activities and are there any that you might be able to drop? Classically, practice is … Continue reading →... Read more »

Martin, F., Klein, J., & Sullivan, H. (2007) The impact of instructional elements in computer-based instruction. British Journal of Educational Technology, 38(4), 623-636. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2006.00670.x  

  • July 29, 2015
  • 02:53 AM
  • 802 views

How do you make sure your students come prepared to your flipped course?

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

As I mentioned a while back, we are preparing a flipped course. And the biggest question always is how to make sure students actually prepare for class. Because if they weren’t prepared, what would you do? Repeat the content they … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 30, 2015
  • 05:33 AM
  • 610 views

Desirable difficulties

by Mirjam Sophia Glessmer in Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching

Initial harder learning might make for better longterm retrieval. A lot of the discussions at my university on how to improve learning focus on how to make it easier for students to learn. That never sat quite right with me … Continue reading →... Read more »

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