Great post from +Maha Bali
in ProfHacker today! Here is the comment I left:
Hi Maha! These are such good areas to cover, and over the past few years I've been building in more of this "meta" content in my classes because it is so helpful to the students. I realize that for a long time I just took for granted that students were aware of these meta factors in their learning, but I have found that this is not true ... and I blame grades for that: grades are the external locus that drives their schoolwork, and it often has terrible consequences for their learning. Growth mindset is the approach that has finally given me a way to help students question their own pursuit of grades versus being aware of their own learning, and I have also been working on time management and related well-being topics, along with giving lots of support for reading as an activity and for writing as an activity (so many of my students will start out the semester freely admitting that they hate to read or hate to write... and in my classes, eeeek, that is a problem). Since I am teaching online, it is so easy to fold online resources into the equation, and I do that through challenges that the students can choose to work on, so I have three websites, and each of them comes with challenges that get the students to engage with the content and concepts:
Growth Mindset: yes, the cats!http://growthmindsetmemes.blogspot.com/
Writing Laboratory: lots of humor plus help pageshttp://writingwithaesop.blogspot.com/
H.E.A.R.T.: hodgepodge of other stuff - health/happiness, empathy, attention, reading, timehttp://oulbh.blogspot.com/
Challenges are listed there on the tabs for each subsection.
I will check back later to see what others share here! :-) http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/tips-for-effective-online-learning-community-edition/63019