Category Archives: constructivism

MOOCs, Group Work, and Instructional Design

Debate Chamber of the Oxford Union Society (Wikipedia) Everything Old is New AgainIn my last post I pointed out that all the arguments about MOOCs sound so much like the old arguments against online education in the 90s. One of … Continue reading

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On Learning Latin

Image via WikipediaI once walked into a beginning Latin class at U.C. Berkeley. I hadn’t made up my mind whether I was going to take the class or not. Right off the bat, the teacher had us reciting “amo, amas, … Continue reading

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Wikis – More than Text and Context

Image via WikipediaPresenter(s):Amber Evans (Virgina Tech)M. Aaron Bond (Virginia Tech)Karen Swenson (Virginia Tech)Description: Dr. Karen Swenson, a 2010 Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award finalist, uses the Sakai wiki with her students to “think about important issues presented through works of … Continue reading

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OER Africa: Course Development Handbook

Image via WikipediaI am currently reading Santosh Panda’s textbook Handbook on In-House Style for Course Development.  This would be recommended reading for new course developers or distance education admins who are new to the field or need to develop a … Continue reading

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Herzogian Pedagogy: A New Order in Education

I was meditating on the pedagogy of online learning and personal learning networks, and I could not get Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School out of my mind.  I love the spirit of this, and I can’t believe that I have … Continue reading

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Connectivism and the Evolution of Pedagogy

Image via WikipediaIn some recent postings on connectivism and constructivism (see links below), educators and researchers write as if these models are oppositions; as if constructivism is early Bolshevist and connectivism is free market socialism. Pedagogy does not come from … Continue reading

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Notes Towards a Connectivist Instructional Design

Image via Wikipedia Connectivism is a new theory of knowledge that reflects the new ways that people are currently communicating and learning in a networked world. As George Siemens puts it in his ground-breaking essay, “Over the last twenty years, … Continue reading

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