Monthly Archives:: May 2014

Infographic: Map of 3-Field System

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During the early Middle Ages agricultural production soared as the 3-Field System was emplaced. The 3-Fieldy System was far more efficient than traditional crop rotation as it allowed for the cultivation of 66% of the land instead of only 50% and allowed for two growing seasons instead of one. Not only did this system increase […]

Seminole State PERT

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Retrieved from Seminole State College. The Accuplacer Diagnostic was the organizational computerized system for the original Postsecondary Readiness Test (PERT).  There was a need to create an alternative to the Developmental sequence, therefore the Accuplacer Refresh modules were created that allowed students computer access for 10 weeks. This progression of modules would equip students to […]

Postsecondary Readiness Test (PERT)

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Retrieved from Florida Department of Education. This information is crucial to the many students who must pass the Postsecondary Readiness Test (PERT). Unfortunately, there is a significant number of students who cannot pass the PERT and are placed into developmental courses. The Developmental course sequence takes from one to eight semesters to complete, consequently, students […]

Our Buggy Moral Code

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I want to use this talk to spark a discussion about whether our pre-reflective moral beliefs (the fancy term is “moral intuitions”) are always adequate or require additional training. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/our-buggy-moral-code-dan-ariely  

VA Finds PTSD Linked to Heart Disease

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Not only do I teach  about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, in Abnormal Psychology but I also have had many students who served in the war and have/ as well as those who had PTSD.  Research has found that there is a causal link between PTSD and heart disease among Vets. What is causing Vets with […]

Train Your Brain For Resilience

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This Infographic is considered Cognitive Psychology. So many times students think negatively and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It can hinder their ability in the classroom and from learning Psychology. I use a lot of positive psychology in my classes and I have found it makes a huge difference. When they comment on a classmate’s […]

Magic, Harvard MOOC, and Macbeth

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Harvard Extension Lecture on Macbeth You may enjoy the way Dr. Garber raises the bar of discussion about Macbeth in the above video. I enjoy it as a guide to set the tone for students, and I believe it could be used to bolster and enliven discussions online. I’m also including a video connecting Harry Potter to […]

Effective Communication Cycle

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Effective communication involves more than just hearing or reading a message.  This infographic is designed to illustrate the cycle of effective communication. The message that is sent must be decoded by the receiver. In order for effective communication to take place, the message must be interpreted as the sender intended it. The interpretation is based […]

The Power of Passion

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Author: Shawn Pollgreen, EAP (English as a Second Langauge for Academic Purposes), Osceola Campus I love this TED Ed presentation by Richard St John. It reminds us about the value to be found in following our passion, not just the money trail. I think this is especially timely for our Valencia students who may not […]

How to Get the Most Out of Studying – Beliefs That Make You Fail… or Succeed

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Author: Shawn Pollgreen, EAP (English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes), Osceola Campus I use these short videos about effective and ineffective study habits from Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama) with my EAP writing students. We use them to take notes, discuss study habits, write summaries, analyze our own study habits, discuss metacognition, and reflect […]

The Power of Vulnerability

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In the Interpersonal Communication course I teach, an area of focus is emotion and its impact on one-on-one communication. In this TED video, Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal […]

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

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In all areas of communication (including dyadic, group, meeting and public speaking,) body language can account for up to 70% of what is conveyed. Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.  In this TED video social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in […]