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Philosophy of teaching

Miller was very clear about her philosophy of teaching:

I’m constructivist. I promote students to build their own understanding, so I’m not at all a lecture-based or behaviorist professor. My approach is to provide students with information and resources and then guide them in an exploration of those materials so that they come to an understanding of the material.

In constructivist teaching, in which knowledge is built within the group, a high level of trust among participants is required. It’s the job of the instructor to help create a feeling of safety where the students are able to express their developing understanding of new concepts being introduced. Miller explained how she tried to help the students get to know each other in the first couple of class meetings by using “joining activities.” She gave an example of one such activity in which she distributed descriptions of personal qualities on index cards. “We pass them around. They see all of them, but they’re only allowed to keep five.” Two had to be qualities they’d like to change about themselves, and three were positive characteristics, which they shared with the class. “Because it’s a constructivist classroom, they have to participate on that level. It’s not a kind of sit-back-and-listen-to-me class.”

Technology training

Miller had taught herself to use computers, but she also attended some professional development training offered by the university. The training Miller received on using educational software consisted of occasional short courses. “I’ve sat through a few of those two-hour-long courses and gotten excited about it, and then really had trouble in the application phase.” The courses were not tailored to the instructors’ teaching or subject area. Instructors did not get to work with their own materials in learning how to set up a class website in Blackboard. Miller saw that as a major flaw in the training. Miller made use of the telephone tutoring provided by the publisher to become oriented to the use of the software for setting up her class website. There she posted the course syllabus, assignments, announcements, and topics for the discussion board.

How she taught

Miller assigned students to watch the online videos outside of class; encouraged students to use the test bank as practice; and assigned students to post to the discussion board, as well as comment on other students’ postings. Additionally, she used videos from her department’s collection to show in class. Miller gave her students access to online help from the telephone tutor, posting the tutor’s contact information on the course website.

Using the hybrid format, Miller was able to discuss any technical difficulties the students might be having at the following week’s class. The face-to-face help she gave them seemed to help the students master the online resources without too much stress. Interestingly, in teaching her first class using technology, Miller had to become a technology advisor to the students. Teaching a hybrid course had added a new role to her teaching repertoire which involved more time, effort and skills.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
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Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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