A. A. Karim
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Disappointing experiences using VoiceThread

Started Jan 10, 2011 0 Replies

Hi everyone! I'm sure you know or have heard about collaborative tool called VoiceThread. Basically it is a media aggregator that allows people to post various types of media — a document, a slide…Continue

Interact with your students with online poll

Started Jan 8, 2011 0 Replies

I'm very excited to share my experience recently using a free online poll (from Poll Everywhere) to gather instant feedback in the classroom. In this case I used it during a seminar presentation to a…Continue

 

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A. A. Karim posted a blog post

Climbing Bloom’s Ladder of Learning

A Google search on “Bloom’s taxonomy” recently returned an impressive 1.63 million results! Apparently the literature available on the internet is replete with resources about the famous Bloom’s taxonomy of learning. I don’t intend to repeat what Bloom taxonomy is about and how it evolves because I believe you can find wealth of information on various aspects on the topic among the 1.63 million results in the internet. I have selected a few articles (link at the end of this article) for those…See More
Mar 2, 2011
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The continuing quest to be a better teacher

I remember when I joined the university about 17 years ago (it feels like only yesterday!) I was given the task of handling a laboratory class. I already had some experiences as a graduate assistant during my time as a Ph.D. student so it was not very difficult. I think I did quite a good job designing new experiments, interacting with the students and helping them with the experiment and marking the lab report. During the first few months, I had to attend induction courses including one or two…See More
Feb 18, 2011
A. A. Karim posted a blog post

Engaging learners - Use their mobile phone!

No, no…I’m not talking about mobile learning here but rather on using mobile phone in a classroom for interactive learning. First, let’s picture this scenario: You walk into the classroom with high spirit and full of enthusiasm, eager to start your lecture. As usual, you have prepared well in advance and you have visualised in your head how you would deliver the lecture. You start the lecture and after 10 or 15 minutes you pause and ask, "Does anybody have any questions?" More often than not,…See More
Feb 5, 2011
A. A. Karim posted a blog post

A picture is worth a thousand words

Seeing is believing! In journalism, an image or picture can be so powerful that it can change the world! Jonathan Klein in his TED talk says that images themselves don't change the world but the images have provoked reactions in people, and those reactions have caused change to happen. The image can have a profound impact on our mind and can change our perception on certain issue and how we view things around us. Good image (photo) tells a visual narrative – it tells a story. A photograph has…See More
Jan 30, 2011
A. A. Karim posted a blog post

Optimizing Students' Learning

Maximizing the opportunities – that’s the keyword – and the key to good teaching. “I choose the word opportunities because that is all any teacher can provide for his or her students”, writes Doyle in his book (page 4). This reminds me of this idiom, “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink”. I truly agree with his view on providing the environment to create learning opportunities that optimize students’ learning. Teachers are not only responsible to teach content but also…See More
Jan 24, 2011
A. A. Karim replied to Jeff Beard's discussion Wikis in the classroom
"Hi Jeff, I have no success story to share but just some experiences introducing wiki for the first time for my students. It took a while for them to figure out how wiki works and how they would collaborate through wiki. My overall experience was…"
Jan 23, 2011
A. A. Karim commented on Rashel Fitchett's blog post Educators: Writing to Learn
"I think I started two or three years ago but now I focused only one blog I started in November last year. It's called One Stop Learning. My favorite topic has always been about teaching, learning and education. I'm also an active…"
Jan 22, 2011
A. A. Karim commented on Rashel Fitchett's blog post Educators: Writing to Learn
"I started a personal mission a few years ago to learn more about teaching and about learning. I read, read, read...then slowly started to write about the subject in my website and blog. It's very true that only by writing about what we have…"
Jan 21, 2011
A. A. Karim commented on Justin Tarte's blog post The power of a comment...
"Yes, so powerful message that keep us 'ticking' and aspire to be a great teacher..."
Jan 21, 2011
A. A. Karim commented on Justin Tarte's blog post How do we define learning...?
"I have faced this situation before - yes, it's hurt when they are telling this (on the end-of-semester-evaluation form). My students still expect the hand-holding and the spoon feeding culture that they so familiar and used to. This culture is…"
Jan 21, 2011
A. A. Karim commented on Justin Tarte's blog post 10 reasons to get educators blogging...
"Hello Justin! Greetings from Penang, Malaysia. Great blog post!! I was thinking the other day to write on this topic but there's no more to add because basically you have covered all. I truly agree with you the benefit of blogging for…"
Jan 21, 2011
A. A. Karim posted a blog post

How does students' prior knowledge affect their learning

This presentation is a summary of important points from the first chapter of the book "How Learning Works - 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching" by Ambrose and others. In Chapter 1 (How Does Students' Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning) the authors discuss the importance of teachers to recognize that students bring with them prior knowledge acquired naturally through daily life activities or in prior courses they have studied. Some of the prior knowledge are relevant but some are…See More
Jan 18, 2011
A. A. Karim posted a blog post

Understanding How Learning Works

Constructivism, behaviorism, pedagody, andragogy, Bloom Taxonomy, student-centered learning...?? I must humbly admit that, after more than 16 years teaching, I didn’t know much about the various learning theories and pedagogical aspects of teaching-learning. I’m not trained as a teacher – I’m a food technologist. My only experience in teaching was teaching my friends and a short stint teaching in a private school (secondary level). Soon after I completed my Ph.D. in Food Technology, I came back…See More
Jan 14, 2011
A. A. Karim added a discussion to the group Books that matter
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How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching

I would recommend this book as a must read for all educators – How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching. The authors are principally from Carnege Mellons' Centre for Teaching Excellence (S.A. Ambrose, M. Dipietro, M.C. Lovett, M.K. Norman), and also including one (M.W. Bridges) from the University of Pittsburgh. It is written in a simple, concise, straight to the point, well organized, and clearly written.…See More
Jan 14, 2011
A. A. Karim posted a blog post

21st century teaching - Is there a place for chalk and board?

Much has been written about integrating technology into a classroom. The question that is usually asked is, is it really necessary - is it really useful? In my opinion, the traditional approach of chalk and board still has its place but I strongly believe that educational technology could offer myriad of pedagogical benefits. Technology today, in various forms, have grown tremendously and have permeated all areas of our lives. Similarly, students today are connected in ways that previous…See More
Jan 12, 2011
A. A. Karim replied to Steve Hargadon's discussion Introductions
"Hi Norbert, yes, I have visited your wiki - good effort! No extra effort needed to replace the logo - it's in the wikispaces settings."
Jan 12, 2011

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Universiti Sains Malaysia
Blog
http://onestoplearning.blogspot.com/
Twitter / Plurk / Other Account
http://twitter.com/ biopolimer
About Me
Professor (food biopolymer), Food Technology Division, School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. Active researcher (food science) and passionate teacher. Always seeking new ways to enrich learning experiences of his students.

A. A. Karim's Blog

Climbing Bloom’s Ladder of Learning

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 9:24pm 0 Comments

A Google search on “Bloom’s taxonomy” recently returned an impressive 1.63 million results! Apparently the literature available on the internet is replete with resources about the famous Bloom’s taxonomy of learning. I don’t intend to repeat what Bloom taxonomy is about and how it evolves because I believe you can find wealth of information on various aspects on the topic among the 1.63 million results in the internet. I have selected a few articles (link at the end of this article) for those… Continue

The continuing quest to be a better teacher

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 9:16am 0 Comments

I remember when I joined the university about 17 years ago (it feels like only yesterday!) I was given the task of handling a laboratory class. I already had some experiences as a graduate assistant during my time as a Ph.D. student so it was not very difficult. I think I did quite a good job designing new experiments, interacting with the students and helping them with the experiment and marking the lab report. During the first few months, I had to attend induction courses including one or…

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Engaging learners - Use their mobile phone!

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 8:15pm 0 Comments

No, no…I’m not talking about mobile learning here but rather on using mobile phone in a classroom for interactive learning. First, let’s picture this scenario: You walk into the classroom with high spirit and full of enthusiasm, eager to start your lecture. As usual, you have prepared well in advance and you have visualised in your head how you would deliver the lecture. You start the lecture and after 10 or 15 minutes you pause and ask, "Does anybody have any questions?" More often than… Continue

A picture is worth a thousand words

Posted on January 30, 2011 at 6:55am 0 Comments

Seeing is believing! In journalism, an image or picture can be so powerful that it can change the world! Jonathan Klein in his TED talk says that images themselves don't change the world but the images have provoked reactions in people, and those reactions have caused change to happen. The image can have a profound impact on our mind and can change our perception on certain issue and how we view things around us. Good image (photo) tells a visual narrative – it tells a story. A photograph has… Continue

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At 11:27pm on February 16, 2011, norbert kiprop boruett said…
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