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Fri 17 Aug 2007

Module blogs and teaching focus

Category : NUS

The first of my module blogs for 2007/8 is up and about now - LSM1103: Biodiversity, or as I now call it, Life the Universe and Everything. I borrowed that term from when I ran the Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution practicals many moons ago - I even printed it on the practical sheet then! So, some things haven't improved much.

I did tell the class they had taken on a significant challenge and welcomed them to the tough module and they cheered. At least their spirits are up to the task.

In the middle of the practical, with the TAs on the roll, I returned to my office, stumbled around IVLE and finally called Kenneth out of his workshop for the link. Apparently Ngan Kee had set it up in 2006 but never populated it. Anyway I wrote CDTL to make it more prominent for muddle heads like me. I'll blog a little more this weekend and announce it next week.

I doubt I can do much this year, since preparations for lectures are in the region of at least 10:6:1 hours (thought: computer work: lecture time) since I am starting up. And I'm starting out on four modules, sigh. Still, after three years, Animal Behaviour was down to 3:3:1, ignoring the year-round delicious-ing.

The little peripheral information I blogged about in last year's LSM1303: Animal Behaviour module last year was enough to have a student write me after the exams to say he really appreciated it. Caught me by surprise, it did. Enough to prevent me from abandoning the module blog idea.

Initially I thought with four modules that I would blog it all on somewhat languishing blog of mine and a few other lads, The Biology Refugia. But the less internet-savvy see it as integral to the module and are more likely to be engaged this way.

September will be a killer when everything comes together and its also show time for the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. As a result I have turned down, with some regret, every speaking invitation to youth conferences, combined school sessions and large assemblies - all my old targets. I've turned my attention to the undergraduate population in NUS for now, so I'd best focus. And with any free time, I'd best use on exploring pedagogical ideas.

Thanks to John and Adrian for the encouragement!

Next on my agenda - getting my G4 up and running - Teutoborg bought for me two new hard disks which I sent to the office this morning. Will finally be able to boot up and work properly when we install it next week.

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