The Joy of Teaching: Learning Journeys and Transformations

One of my undergraduate students posted his weekly course reflections earlier this evening, and I was really moved by this post – extract:

“I cannot shake the growing feeling of “loss” which comes from moving to another semester and the introduction of new lecturers and their module content whilst in the same breath saying goodbye to the friends I have made.”

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Foursquare and Gowalla: some thoughts

Like many others, I’ve been swept up in the geo-app craze lately, specifically Foursquare and Gowalla. This semester I’ve set a couple of MSc projects where my students are using geo-apps but I’m also keen to explore their wider educational potential and have lots of ideas for the coming semester so it’s something I’m pretty excited about. Obviously I need to have a good handle on the apps if I’m going to start using them productively in the ‘classroom’ so I’ve taken advantage of the fact that I’m in a beautiful city (Stockholm) and away from the day-to-day to immerse myself in Foursquare – and to a lesser extent, Gowalla. Continue reading