A Review of “SymbalooEDU, the Personal Learning Environment Platform”

by Christopher Harwood National University of Singapore (Singapore)     Introduction Created in 2010, SymbalooEDU is an educational version of the original Symbaloo application founded in Holland in March 2007. It is a software application that enables learners to organize, integrate and share online content in one setting or Personal Learning Environment (PLE). The platform […]

Classroom Management and Discipline Policies: Reflect and Formulate

by John Spiri Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Tokyo, Japan)   Abstract This paper reviews class management strategies and suggests integrating teacher cognition principles in the process of articulating classroom rules and policies. Teacher cognition involves an exploration of beliefs, experiences, and ideals that may influence policy making that aims to achieve desired outcomes. […]

Rubrics-based Writing: Liberating rather than Restricting in Many Contexts

by Radhika Jaidev National University of Singapore (Singapore)    Introduction “If you keep in mind that readers are content-driven, time-pressed, and decision-focused, you can write right-every time,” asserts Harvard Kennedy School lecturer in Public Policy, Holly Weeks (2005, p.3). She elaborates that because business audiences prefer their written messages to be clear, unembellished and to […]

Formulaic Writing Advice: A False Panacea

by James Martin National University of Singapore (Singapore)     Introduction Over the past decade, as the long institutionalized process writing pedagogy has been increasingly questioned, many teachers have found it a challenge to create viable classroom teaching philosophies and practices. As Richard Fulkerson (2005) has noted, there is currently a wide lack of consensus […]