Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh's blog

#OnlinePivot and Life during COVID-19

March came and went, and our whole world- individually and as an aggregate- was turned upside down with COVID-19 and its radically imposed isolation. Face-2-Face (F2F) instruction is now online and remote. Remote teaching. Remote learning. This post is based on the simple question- How does remote teaching change our ability to teach? 

Ungrading: What is it and why should we use it?

Ungrading has long been associated with the idea of purposefully eliminating or minimizing the use of points or letters to assess student work. The focus of ungrading is to provide extensive feedback to students and then jointly (students and instructors) come to a consensus as to what the grade should be. This post addresses what ungrading is and why do it.

Cognitive Load and Active Learning

A couple of days ago on Twitter, the ever-lasting debate between lecture and active learning reignited due to some talks at an Educational Research Conference held in Dublin. These talks stated direct guidance (which includes lecture) was superior in terms of student learning due its reduction of students’ cognitive load. The main citation used for this argument was an article by Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark published in 2006. So, let’s dive into what this article says.