Some great connections...
Friday, August 8, 2008
Aaargh... and "Just-in-time Teaching"
Just lost a long post about all kinds of things. I'll put my head to those issues again tomorrow. Meanwhile, I had a long conversation tonight with my daughter and son-in-law, both teachers, about something called "Just-in-time Teaching". Here's a description I just found on a JiTT website: "Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT for short) is a teaching and learning strategy based on the interaction between web-based study assignments and an active learner classroom." It goes on to say, " Students respond electronically to carefully constructed web-based assignments which are due shortly before class, and the instructor reads the student submissions 'just-in-time' to adjust the classroom lesson to suit the students' needs." Don't know if anyone out there is operating the method (Geoff? fsjl?), but I have to wonder (1) What's the size of the average class? (2) How substantial are these web-based assignments? (3) What kind of planning goes into the classroom lessons? (4) How fluid are they? I wouldn't myself want to be reading 25 study assignments that I had received shortly before class and attempting to adjust my classroom lesson in the light of what I had gleaned. But that's just me. Maybe there are pre-packaged lesson plans out there that are versatile and easily adjustable...? Very glad to be enlightened on this.