What is a Teaching Interest Group?

August 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

A Teaching Interest Group is a group of people who meet regularly and discuss and interact about a common interest in teaching. There are numerous teaching interest groups at the Australian National University — consisting of coursework students, research students, staff and a healthy mix of all of the same. A few teaching groups are specific to Colleges and Schools, while others are multi-disciplinary in focus. There is no pre-set mandate or agenda for the teaching groups. The direction of the group is determined by the members and participants.

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Varietas: Multidisciplinary Themes in Teaching

August 2, 2008 § 1 Comment

Pinnacle is the premier Teacher Training program for PhD students at The Australian National University.

Among other activities in the training program, the students are required to facilitate and organize Teaching Interest Groups in their local area.

Varietas-TiG is a Teaching Interest Group (TiG) that focuses on multidisciplinary themes in teaching.

Topics of discussion will cover:

  1. A multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and course management
  2. Reconciling different pedagogical approaches across disciplines
  3. Incorporating a wider spectrum of research-led themes as guides for teaching
  4. Integrating reusable knowledge across disciplines in skills and services-oriented curriculum
  5. Develop an effective methodology to reuse the semantic richness of multiple disciplines

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Recipe: Spicy Vegetable Sauce

August 1, 2008 § 1 Comment

Ingredients

  • Oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Asafoetida powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Zucchinis: 3, sliced
  • Capsicum: 1, seeded, and cut into thick strips
  • Pumpkin: 1 cup, cubed
  • Potato: 1, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • Water: 2 cups
  • Turnip: 1, cut in half and sliced lengthwise
  • Chickpeas: 1 cup, cooked and drained
  • Tomatoes: 4, diced
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper (ground): 1/2 teaspoon
  • Hot green chillies: 2, finely chopped
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Fructose sugar: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Add the asafoetida, zucchinis, capsicum, pumpkin, potato, and turnips.
  3. Saute for 10 minutes.
  4. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, black pepper, chillies, salt, and sugar.
  7. Add 1 cup water and stir well.
  8. Let simmer for 15 minutes and set aside.

Serving Suggestion

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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