The key focus of this paper will be to consider the role and participation of stakeholders in post-secondary education in implementing a quality circle approach for teaching and learning feedback. To arrive at that discussion, this paper will consider several shortcomings of existing methods of evaluation of teaching, particularly those of anonymous, summative student surveys often called student evaluation of instruction (Merritt, 2008).
“The evaluation of instruction is an ongoing issue of interest at Red River College. Official policies are in place mandating its implementation (Red River College, 2003, 2004).”
“Online learning environments, comprised of networked computers and devices along with interactive software applications, have grown in popularity and application in educational settings. Usage of these tools continues to grow, placing continued demand on instructional designers to develop appropriate applications of these information and communication technologies for the benefit of learners.”
Role-playing as a teaching model was brought to contemporary prominence in large part through Fannie Shaftel and George Shaftel (1970). Their advocacy of role-play was based on research in the problem-story model, simulations, and game theory. Fannie Shaftel described role-play for development of interpersonal skills through dramatizations of “life-situations” (1970, p. 556). These scenes would … Read more
The information in this article is obsolete. Readers are encouraged to consider the Tor Project as the successor to the tools and procedures described below. This article will be maintained for archival purposes. Thank you for your interest. (November 11, 2017) Reading the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) short guide for journalists at the Beijing Olympics … Read more
After the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, it became easier for citizens in those parts of the world to communicate with those of us in the West. My own ancestors came from that part of the world and it was at around this time my family in Canada began to learn more about … Read more
The thing that makes Zotero great is the citation plug-in that can be used in NeoOffice. Any item I’ve saved from my online research using Zotero in Firefox is immediately available through the Zotero citation and bibliography toolbar in NeoOffice. I can select from a number of desired citation styles — in my case it’s … Read more
This article describes the author’s setup for creating incremental backups from a MacBook Pro laptop computer to external USB hard drives. The main software used in this setup is a program called rsnapshot. These instructions are based on using Mac OS X but they may be adapted for use on GNU/Linux or other UNIX-like operating … Read more