Thursday, February 11, 2016
Or is it time to raise the bar?
I posted a query in a class discussion board yesterday morning. No response. I know had I posted on Twitter someone, even @paulrwood, would have responded. And this is the innovative climate to which I have grown accustomed. So do I become discouraged and give up or do I continue to raise the bar and insist that the education for which I am paying drag itself into the global era?
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Siemens, G. (2008, January 27). Learning and knowing in networks: Changing roles for educators and designers. Paper presented to ITFORUM. Retrieved from http://it.coe.uga.edu/itforum/Paper105/Siemens.pdf
Update: This is a reposting of a post from 2010, during one of my doctoral courses at Walden. I would add that I now work with an innovator, an educator, and totally amazing lady who has been in 'my circle of the wise' since 2006 @coolcatteacher
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Sunday, February 7, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
I do agree with Karl Kapp that different ways of learning are best explained by different theories and that teachers should not limit themselves to one theory but should be able to use an arsenal of methods (grounded in various theories) to educate students. Bill Kerr also considers each -ism to be valuable for various ways of understanding learning.
George Siemens connects the three first -isms to the three epistemological traditions or ways of looking at informations and knowledge.
Objectivism & Behaviorism
Pragmatism & Cognitivism
Interpretivism & Constructionism
Driscoll contends that Objectivism and Interpretivism are often considered as opposites and Pragmatism ties them together. (p. 13)
Piaget is a prominent cognitivist theorist who addressed the different developmental stages through which children grow. These stages are important to know for designing learning environments. Other cognitivist theorists have posited other useful ideas for teaching, like Vygotsky's ZPD, and Gardner's MI Theory. It should be noted that these theorists could fit into other theories as well. So while Kerr thinks -isms change, it may be better to change the -ism instead. The above mentioned posts are not so much about Cognitivism but about learning theories in general. All three men were involved in an an open course in 2008 called Connectivism & Connective Knowledge.
Driscoll, M. P. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Ever since I took part in the CCK08 (Connectivesm and Connective Knowledge Online Course 2008) I have been intrigued with the learning theory that learning is about connections. It seems both George and Stephen have written reams, which I have barely touched, about this theory.
I learned the basic few in my formal schooling, namely
While reading about these learning theories, I found an article by William Cronon. He suggests, "A liberal education is about...the wisdom to connect." [Cronon, W. (2004). 10 Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person. The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Available at http://www.honors.ls.wisc.edu/SiteContent.aspx?prev=1& id=159 Accessed July 9, 2009.]
Those ten qualities are epitomized in those with whom I surround myself both online and offline:
- They listen and they hear.
- They read and they understand.
- They can talk to anyone.
- They can write clearly, persuasively, and movingly.
- They can solve a wide variety of puzzles and problems.
- They respect rigor, not so much for its own sake but as a way of seeking truth.
- They practice humility, tolerance, and self-criticism.
- They understand how to get things done in the world.
- They nurture and empower the people around them.
- They connect.
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This a reposting from right before I decided to go all out and head down the doctoral path....and I am still in awe of Angela Maiers.....
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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Clay Shirky (2005) claims two hundred years of chaos followed the invention of the printing press. During this time people were trying to figure out how this new technology would affect the ability to collaborate among groups. Rheingold (2005) begins his presentation with the new story of collaboration among humans in order to get things done. Shirky (2005) himself got his mermaid parade slideshow done through the collaborative platform of flickr. I think it is evident that both men believe humans are driven to interact and work in groups.
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This a reposting from a Learning Theory course I took at Walden.
Posted by Lisa Durff at 8:00 AM
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Closely related to learning styles are multiple intelligences listed by Howard Gardner in 1983. He originally listed seven intelligences in his learning theory and since a few more have been suggested. Gardner’s MI Theory describes ways people learn. Schools focus on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences, while Gardner’s theory includes so many other ways of knowing.
The original seven intelligences listed by Gardner were:
1. Linguistic intelligence
2. Logical-mathematical intelligence
3. Spatial intelligence
4. Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence
5. Musical intelligence
6. Interpersonal intelligence
7. Intrapersonal intelligence
I like to begin every year by announcing to the students that no matter what anyone has ever told them, they ARE intelligent, it is my job to find out how they are intelligent. Then we create pictures of our intelligence at http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/mi/w1_interactive1.html Is there one best way of learning? I would have to say no, there are many ways to learn and all these ways have value. While I might not personally prefer a bodily-kinesthetic way of knowing, others may not find any value in musical intelligence.
The purpose of aligning with a learning theory for the educational technologist has to do with building on a sure foundation. Whether one aligns with behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, or connectivism, one is joining with major thinkers who have peer-reviewed works published on these theories. One aligns with a school of thought by adopting a learning theory that explains how learning occurs and what influences that learning. The learning theory to which one subscribes will influence how the educational technologist will use the technology and what sites will be recommended.
A behaviorist for example would be more likely to use a site that is at the knowledge level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. A constructionist would be more likely to use a site that is at the creation level of the taxonomy (Bloom’s Revised). In the words of Chris Lehmann, which I first heard him say at Educon, “Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around.”
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This is a reposting on graduate work from 2010. I have noticed my learning styles have shifted during this latest degree. I do wonder what the research on learning styles and aging would indicate?
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