[PLUG] Self Analysis
stargazer.dave at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 21:25:05 PST 2008
On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:42 AM, Sriram Narayanan <sriramnrn at gmail.com> wrote:
> Lest some students mis-understand what Nishit is saying here:
> Students are exposed to technology and are students of technology.
> Consequentially, their focus remains technology. If they were to see
> how technology could be applied, suddenly they'd start to even study
> in a different way.
> While working in Nashik, I once taught a COM/DCOM programming course.
> Most students had never written much code beyond basic assignments. I
> was used to having to deal with that having been a mentor for B.E.
> projects. So when I decided to teach the course, I chose to change the
> rules a bit. One, every session that we had together comprised of me
> telling folks how the topic of the day was applied to solve real world
> Another different thing was with the assignments : I encouraged
> everyone to copy from each other, and to tell me just what they had to
> copy and why. It was just fine if the class as a whole sent me a
> solution, but individuals could send me separate solutions too.
> This led to a higher degree of collaboration and learning (in my
> observation), prompted people to speak up and to ask questions, and to
> set out finding parallels in the real world.
> People focus on that which they see in front of them.
> Perhaps it's time for PLUG to try additional things at PLUG meets -
> what we take for granted (real world problems), may be new stuff for
> students (apply technology to solve real world problems) :)
Well, this deserves a Hall of Fame. Thanks.
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