Primarily, I am interested in CALL. So far I have not seen any CALL that is a good replacement for actual teaching, but I do think technology is very useful for education.
First, it ways to automate grading and therefore maximize the amount of time spent in educating.
Second, it can allow students to learn at their own pace and either slow down or speed up lecture materials in the inverted classroom
Course Title Times Taught Prior to this Year Times Teaching this Year Critical Thinking 7x 1x Academic Writing 4x 2x Environmental Ethics .25x Descartes & Locke 1x Academic Reading 1x Basic Academic Reading 2x
Course Title Times Taught Prior to this Year Times Teaching this Year Presentation I 3x 1x English Communication 6x Business Writing 3x
Course Title Times Taught Prior to this Year Times Teaching this Year Intercultural Understanding 2x Culture and Contemporary Society 1x Business Communication & IT 2x
Moving to Database-Driven Mobile-CALLI am working on a research paper building on my presentation at JALTCALL and the feedback I received there about the advantages of moving from off the shelf Mobile-CALT (such as Google Forms) to more robust Mobile-CALL. I look at several limitations posed by Mobile-CALT and how Mobile-CALL resolves these problems.
This project is still in the beta phase, but I've used it to manage most of my classes while teaching at Hokkaido University of Education.
This has involved at least 60 different classes averaging forty students per class and two instructors.
Flipped Classroom Critical ThinkingAs part of my current teaching, I work with students who are non-native speakers of English. At the same time, as a philosopher by profession, I do not want tomake my classes mere English classes. As a solution, I have started to use a flipped lecture style for this class. What that means is that my lectures are freely available on youtube. Students watch them as homework. I start each class with questions and a quiz. Then we work on more advanced problems that build on the knowledge in class. (I welcome comments and suggestions for how to do this better).
The video part of this work is available for use on youtube. The in-class exercises are being revised each semester to more effectively teach critical thinking concepts.
This project produced both a regional higher education presentation and an upcoming publication in JALT's OnCue Journal