Author: <span class="vcard">Kim Beerden</span>

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Students absolutely loved webcasts, as became clear from their reactions during evaluations. On two occasions, I made and put a webcast online after the lecture – they were about some inscriptions that I had prepared to use as illustrations of certain points (during the seminar our discussion went in a different direction and I didn’t get around to using them). Here are some images of the webcasts and the students’ reactions to them:

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I choose not to become friends with my students: they see too much of you (but not that much if you have not provided Facebook with much information!). Actually, more…

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The poll-function worked very well in terms of blended learning: I would create a poll on the day before the seminar – it needed to be on a provocative topic that the students could relate to. Otherwise, there would not be enough responses to make it worthwhile. Two examples come to mind. In the second week, we were speaking about anticonception and abortion in the ancient world. I polled the students on when they thought a ‘human’ came into being: at conception, somewhere during pregnancy or at birth. They were happy to respond:

 

I used the beamer the following day to put this poll up in front of everyone and started the discussion by recapping the different modern opinions on this (and students could tell the group what they had answered in the poll). This allowed me to provide an outline of ideas about this in the ancient world – and allowed the students to consider their own preconceptions.

A second example: the age at which girls married in antiquity. I polled the students on what they, in this day and age, found acceptable age differences. When a girl is 14, which age is her boyfriend allowed to be? A heated discussion ensued, of which only the last comments are shown here. One person thought the boy could be 18 but all the others thought this age difference was too large. Again, this poll started our discussion during the seminar:

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During the last semester I have engaged in a pilot project concerned with the use of social media for teaching purposes. One of my second year groups in the course…

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