Friday, October 7, 2011

Reviewed Lang's book at Amazon

This is the book review I wrote for Amazon.
"On Course is right on". James M Lang is a straight forward thinker with many practical applications about teaching. As an experienced college professor I found the ideas not only refreshing but insightful. It is good to have a step by step analysis of how to organize a class, how to communicate content, and how to assess performance.
The book is On Course: A Week by Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching.
Highly recommend, not only for those who are going to teach for the first time but also for those of us that have been teaching for a long time (maybe too long LOL) and need a refresher crash course to up date us and review on some of the techniques, strategies, and philosophies of modern pedagogy and andragogy.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Siemens Energy: This is why we care

Multinational companies are working hard to be socially responsible at the same time they are making money. Some of course are doing it more than other especially when it is about the environment. Siemens is and has been a leader in the world in technology and now in environmental technology.

On Course by James M Lang

As the second title indicates this is a book that guides new teachers week-by-week through the first semester. Starting with some advise about planning and general strategies such as how to use Bloom's taxonomy for defining course objectives described in the syllabus, to how to use the taxonomy for assessment. It is a good read not only for new teachers but for experienced ones as well, due to its ample and comprehensive review. Lang goes beyond the traditional idea of paper organization even though he sure gives the traditional methods a solid support but also analyzes the new technologies like online course management systems that are becoming increasingly used at colleges and universities.
This is a video of the book: