About Azhar Youssef

Beside her job as an EFL teacher at a secondary school, Azhar Youssef is a teacher trainer, external reviewer, MA in education holder (2008), PhD student in TEFL using technology, blogger, INTEL Educator (2009), Ideal Teacher (2010), Microsoft Innovative Educator (2011, 2015), Best Educational Wiki Nominee (2011), e-Teacher scholar (2011) certified by universities of Oregon and Maryland, USA, ThinkQuest Competition Judge (2012), one of the Top-voted DNLE Stanford projects’ winners (2012), Coursera Community TA (2013), and lifelong learner who enjoys learning and exploring new things with other people.

Tell Your Story in English: FREE course Feb. 27th – Mar. 26th, 2017

tell-your-story-in-english“Tell Your Story in English: Reading & Writing Skills for Language Learners” course is offered by Oregon University for FREE. It is designed to help develop English language skills by reading and writing personal stories. You will learn to write sentences more accurately, choose the right vocabulary, and organize ideas more clearly to tell a story that others enjoy reading. You will meet and work with other English language learners from around the world while improving your English for academic or professional purposes.

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“A man can do no more than he can.”

I totally disagree with this proverb. If I do not have something, it is me who truly feels how much I need it. I do not talk about feelings only, but knowledge and skills as well. As a teacher, I am not always good at teaching all areas of English language. When I recognize my disability or lack, I work hard to improve that and prove to myself that I can do it.

How People Learn: My “Mash-up” Learning Theory

What a thoughtful article!
I’m also interested in combining both theories. For me, I find connectivism just an extension to the constructivism. That is why in my PhD, I didn’t try to create another theory, but designed a model in which I used a strategy that reflects constructivism + a tool that supports extended and connected learning.

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!
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Dalia Allencherry

how people learn

I have been thinking about coming up with my own “mash-up” learning theory for about a month. I am a constructivist, especially a social constructivist. I am also a fan of digital learning and connectivism principles. Therefore, I want my “mash-up” theory to include principles of constructivism, social aspect, and principles that support effective learning in the digital world. I am calling my “mash-up” theory “Connective Constructivism”. I searched online to find if there already exists a theory called connective constructivism, but couldn’t find any results.

According to the connective constructivism theory, learning happens as a result of active constructive process by means of a learner connecting with a system, objects and/or with other learner(s). There can be a learner to system (computer/network)/object or learner to other learner(s) connections. Constructivism states knowledge as constructed based on personal experiences and hypotheses of the environment. These personal experiences and hypotheses can be digital (virtual)…

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Surviving a PhD – 10 Top Tips…

Yes, finished is better than perfect …

The Thesis Whisperer

This post is by Dr Alex Hope, a  Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Project Management at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and was originally post on his blog. Alex is also on Twitter where he tweets about sustainability, academia, PhD advice and life. I hope you will head on over there and check out what he has to say!

I was awarded my PhD in January this year following a successful viva in November 2011, so thought I would try and summarise my experiences over the last 3-4 years and see if I could come up with some key points of advice from start to finish…

Tip 1 – Academics need you: Most are keen to speak to any potential student who has a good research idea as a good record of successful PhD supervisions is essential to build a successful academic career. Don’t be afraid to approach a…

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My Top Posts in 2015

I did not write a lot this year as I was a little bit busy working on my PhD. Believe me, I missed it so much, but you know time is so limited. I hope 2016 will be a great year full of more learning and thus more reflections to flourish my digital space. Before saying Goodbye to 2015, I just wanted to share some posts that were frequently viewed by my readers.

My selection is based on two criteria:

2. Blogging in the Classroom

A great post about using blogging in classrooms.

Techie Teachers' Tricks

ALL I WISH I’D KNOWN WHEN I STARTED BLOGGING WITH MY STUDENTS
(Our class blog had 10,000 visitors in its  first 2 months-its link on the right)

Blog Post Agenda:

BLOGS ON THE WEB
STEPS FOR USING BLOGS IN THE CLASSROOM:

  1.      Blogging release forms
  2.      Blogging platforms
  3.      The role of your blog
  4.      Initial lessons
  5.      Ideas for blog posts
  6.      Assessing blogs

BLOGS ON THE WEB

In an era when collaboration is such a handy option, both teachers and students should find ways to get the most out of it because, just like Vygotsky said, people learn from each other and learning arises from social interactions. I acknowledge the fact that just like I learn from other adults, children can learn from each other. In this era of speed, people don’t have time to reinvent…

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