Welcome!

Designed for program chairs in post-secondary education, this blog is about creating an environment in which instructors can learn at work, in order to provide quality instruction.

Why does it matter that instructors learn at work? In vocational, polytechnic, and college education, instructors are typically hired because they’re very good at what they teach. They’re good carpenters, social workers, hairdressers, bakers, beer brewers, lab technicians, landscape architects, accountants, and cheese makers. They might or might not be phenomenal teachers; most must learn how to teach by doing it: through trial and error, student feedback, and the occasional course or workshop.

While most institutions offer workshops and courses on how to teach, the real learning happens through practice, day in and day out, during interaction with colleagues and students. This blog is part of a research project, that looks into how this daily instructor learning at work happens and how it can best be supported.

Annemarieke Hoekstra

2 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. I am very pleased Annemarieke has found the time to set up this blog to share best practices regarding teaching in our environment. I look forward to learning and sharing more. One of the best tools I have found myself for improving instructional practices is to actually be a student. As a current Trades to Degree BBA student I myself have learned so much more from the role as a student.When you are sitting in a desk as a student and find yourself falling asleep you are quickly reminded it can be challenging stay engaged as a student and learning and absorbing information is taxing. Again as a student you recognize first hand the anxiety and pressure associated with assignments, and assessments, which cannot always be fully appreciated from the role of instructor. It is always interesting and refreshing to see other teaching styles and methods as well. So I always encourage my instructors to take courses simply to put themselves back in the role as a student to better gain an appreciation and understanding of the student’s challenges which as instructors can so easily be overlooked or dismissed.
    Cheers,
    Colin R

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