I've posted this in a poster that can be printed and put on your wall.
Obviously this reading fascinated me... the previous two weeks did not. Is the course flexible enough to "give points" to an extended diatribe? That's the concept of equivalence...
In reading 56,
a) content is available ... sort of.
The point of "content is readily available" is relative. I would much rather spend my time reading then hunting for articles. The time spent hunting for a piece that Wilson or some other publisher hides is annoying. I have heard that systems used by other universites, such as Kaplan, are much swifter. ugh.
b) "maturing" of the field
The shift form technologies to instructional design does not thrill me, but there are some of my colleagues who are thrilled. I hope that a simple model can be found like ADDIE.. short and easy to recite. The danger with both stages, focus on technologies or designn misses the big picture of the systemic change that is needed. Read Deming, Francis Duffy and Charles Reigeluth for more ideas... oh, and Fischler.
systemicchange.wordpress.com is a good place to start....
FIVE YEARS FROM NOW
c) Mobile learning
Look at the mobile learning program described at Abilene Christian university ACU.
d) Open resources
look at the Flat World publishing model
e) The war with Kirschner
Richard Clark at the AECT conference asked graduate students to start with a question: "What is your evidene?" He poined out that we might not agree that the evidence that you give is what I'll accept as sufficient for implementing your procedures, but at least we can take the time to lay out some specific reasons for moving in a particular direction.
Kirschner made his ame by defining constructivist in extreme terms. Take a moment to see how Dennis Yuzenas uses a range of theories in his classroom and that's where we can start. search "Dennis yuzenas" and click on the 9 minute video of his walkthrough.
or click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnR_nCakIKk "dennis Yuzenas Visual and active"
I like the authors' point about the direction of future research: look at how the system is interplaying and influencing the learning. The best learning tools and methods can be in place, but a cantankerous principal or a "stick to the rules" superintendent can screw up teh best program. I also recommend James Zull and his work with Brain Research in the classroom (good techniques).
http://www.amazon.com/Art-Changing-Brain-Enriching-Exploring/dp/1579220541 The art of changing the brain...
f) Design by assignment
Lovely wording. Again, without systemic change, preparing the practitioner will probably not happen effectively or widely.
I love the paragraph about "developing a tool to implement the theory in an appropriate setting." Please... Deming, Deming, Deming.
Without systemic change, constant improvement and a workplace without fear, without fundamental redesign of schools, without the transformation that Dr. Fischler calls for in his vision statement in July 2006, the first post of his blog, the words of this article will serve to boost the careers of the authors and lead to a lot of more words by doctoral students... without fundamental change in the system. Tautology? Sure: There won't be fundamental change unless there is fundamental change.
I'm siding with the constructivists
If we look at the world that will allow students to select their materials... I just don't see how the behaviorists will win.
There is the fellow who does attendance with email to the student's phone: "You were not in class at 8:01 am" and the result is higher attendance and more engagement.
Is that a response to a stimulus? Or is there "guide on the side" coaching that leads to studnets taking more responsibility to gradually becoming independent learners? Maria Andersen's concept of reducing the importance of TEACHER and increasing the COACH aspects... that's constructing a different way of learning and individualizing the program. This fits with Simonson's model showing the difference between EQUAL and EQUIVALENT in course design.
by the way, it would thrill me no end if you would take a moment and visit my blog
Some of the youtube videos I've listened to lately have me thinking about the future.
What is social learning?
what gutenberg did for written word, social media did for the spoken word...
fusion-universal for social learning
fusion virtual school in KENYA
attendance ... email to student "you are absent"
i care that you are here
creating nearly free textbooks
Flat World world class content
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flatworld knowledge youtube channel
the quote by Dr. Simonson from his 2005 book
When teachers try to make instruction equal for all students, they will fail. Rather, the teacher of online education should provide a wide collection of activities that make possibleequivalent learning experiences for studentsusing approaches that recognize fundamental differences between learners, distant and local. Equivalence is more time-consuming and difficult, but promises to be more effective.
Michael Simonson, Trends and Issues in Distant Education: International Perspectives, page 285
Maria Andersen's youtube posts about "Learn this" individualization of learning
Maria Andersen's Free range Learning from TedX
general interview with Maria Andersen
levers of change for education
Vision of education where we could go
Molinari's digital divide solution (not one laptop per child, but rather a myriad of computer centers with supportive training)
he uses a word... soporific...
the formulation of the problem or question is more important than the solution
7 global skills
Stanford School Design Network