Learning to Learn

Looking to play videos or audio recordings such as lectures? If you are having trouble playing them try using the free player VLC. It can be downloaded for many types of devices including mobile OS. Links are below:

iTunes

Google Play Store (Android)

PC

MAC

 

RefME is a platform I have talked about before as a useful piece of kit for managing your referencing. RefME has been purchased by another reference manager which has both free and premium (pay to use) versions called Cite this for me. RefME will shut down in due course so it might be worth considering moving to another manager. Cite this for me is a very simple to use reference manager but there are quite a few programs out there which offer both free and premium versions. A list of my top reference managers can be found below:

Zotero has chrome plugins to assist reference capture.

January 2017 Exam Timetables are now available here:

http://www.it-tallaght.ie/examtimetables

As an update to a previous post on this please note there is a newer and more often updated free desktop publishing software known as Libreoffice. Not everyone has or can afford Microsoft Office but there are plenty of free packages out there that do much the same as Microsoft office and are similarly easy to use. You can get a free office suite of programs from many companies and organisations but one of my favourites is Libre Office. Select the version open office for your system here:

https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/

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If anyone would like to use an app instead of their browser when doing my in class revision quizzes feel free to download the app for Android or iPhone/iPad below.

Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.socrative.student

iOS

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/socrative-student/id477618130

There’s a Moodle mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. It might be useful accessing information away from your PC/Mac. The apps are available from the links below:

iOS

Android

 

If you’re looking for past papers for any subject you are studying you can get them from the ITT Dublin Library website at this link:

http://millennium.it-tallaght.ie/search/r

 

 

If you are working on the time management exercise at the moment for learning 2 learn you can consider using an app for your smartphone to capture the time you are doing a specific thing. If you use one of the apps below I’ll accept a screen shot from the app showing the graph of % of time doing the different things outlined in the assignment instructions on Moodle as proof of completion of the assignment. Below are two apps (one for Apple devices and one for Android devices) which you might find useful for time management.

Any queries feel free to post below.

Courtesy of the Assistive Technology Blog in ITT Dublin here’s an app for Apple devices:

Assistive Technology in ITT Dublin

 

And here’s one for Android devices:

aTimeLogger – Time Tracker

The VARK questionnaire can help you explore what type of learner you are. The VARK was developed by Neil Fleming back in 1987. It can identify which sensory modality a learner has a preference for. The four modalities are:

  1. Visual learning
  2. Auditory learning
  3. Read/write learning
  4. Kinesthetic (touch and feel) learning

Originally people could identify their primary preferred form of learning but nowadays we recognise that learners can be a combination of two forms. The VARK can help people with identifying not only their learning strengths but also in identifying their weaknesses thus enabling them to focus more on any areas they may struggle with.

Take the questionnaire yourself at the link below:

http://bit.ly/thevark

Wondering what level you are studying at? Check out the chart below from Quality and Qualifications Ireland.

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Not everyone has or can afford Microsoft Office but there are plenty of free packages out there that do much the same as microsoft office and are similarly easy to use. You can get a free office suite of programs from many companies and organisations but one of my favourites is Open Office. Select the version open office for your system here:

https://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html

The document at the link below is to a guide to writing reflective journals. It gives examples of what a reflective journal is and is not.

Reflective Learning

Courtesy DCU

Below is the link to the full details on GPA in ITT Dublin:

Marks and Standards document

This picture is a summary of marks and GPA.

One of the students on the course (Thanks Colm!) found this good YouTube video on how to create Pareto charts in excel. Hopefully this will help you if you’re creating them for your learning to learn assignments.

I was asked by some people about how to create graphs in excel. I had created a video explaining how to do this and I had previously sent this to another group but I’ve now uploaded it to this site below. Comments questions welcome as always.

The links below shows two models of reflective learning. They are essentially “cheat sheets” to help you in your reflection process. They pose questions for each stage of the particular model which you should ask of yourself in reflecting on the particular event.

Borton’s Model of reflective practice

Gibb’s model of reflective practice

There are many models of reflective practice and while they all are different they still have the same theme of “identify an event”, “reflect upon the event and why it was important to you, “decide what you want to do in future”. You can find a summary of them here. You can also find out a lot of information on discipline specific reflective practice and reflective learning by clicking here and here.