On Video Games for Teaching and Learning

Grant Potter asked a question on Mastodon, about how video games are being used for teaching and learning. I’ve done some work on this for my dissertation, and wanted to repurpose bits from a few chapters in response to Grant’s question. I’ll be writing more about my dissertation work, but am still in “pause and recover” mode after finishing it… In the dissertation, I explored how the disciplines of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) intersect, using the specific ways in which we design, study, and evaluate video games as the point of integration....

March 10, 2023 · 8 min

Barak & Levenberg (2016). Flexible thinking in learning: an individual differences measure for learning in technology-enhanced environments

Barak, M., & Levenberg, A. (2016). Flexible thinking in learning: An individual differences measure for learning in technology-enhanced environments. Computers & Education, 99, 39–52. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2016.04.003 Notes: p.40: we identified three main factors that may indicate a learners’ dispositional inclination to think flexibly in technology-enhanced learning: Acceptance of new or changing technologies (Technology acceptance), Openmindedness to others’ ideas (Open-mindedness), and Adapting to changes in learning situations (Adapting to new situations). — Highlighted May 13, 2016...

May 14, 2016 · 2 min

Dewey on social learning

John Dewey, in 19161 wrote about the social nature of learning, and how learning is about more than having access to content: The importance of language in gaining knowledge is doubtless the chief cause of the common notion that knowledge may be passed directly from one to another. It almost seems as if all we have to do to convey an idea into the mind of another is to convey a sound into his ear....

August 18, 2010 · 2 min

Bill Fitzgerald on education as consumption

[Bill pulls responses to 3 recent articles](http://funnymonkey.com/consumption-and-brand) (and I'd argue a fourth - the [Bill Gates "education is the web" thing](http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gatesfoundation.org%2Fannual-letter%2F2010%2FPages%2Feducation-learning-online.aspx&ei=629lTKvpLYScnwfxr9WuDA&usg=AFQjCNGJ9lROOodaYWEh4-NAvdRt3qYqeA) ) together with a single sentence: > Just to emphasize, whenever anyone talks about "delivering" education, the implication is that learning is a passive activity that can be brought to people - in other words, getting us back into "consuming" mode. Learning is active. There's no getting around that. Therefore, an effective education involves **much** more than simple content distribution....

August 13, 2010 · 1 min

Garrison & Cleveland-Innes (2005). Facilitating cognitive presence in online learning: Interaction is not enough.

Garrison, D.R. & Cleveland-Innes, M. (2005). Facilitating cognitive presence in online learning: interaction is not enough. The American Journal of Distance Education. 19(3). 133-148. This study assessed the depth of online learning, with a focus on the nature of online interaction in four distance education course designs. Article provides a good background to course design, deep/surface/achievement-oriented learning. The study used a survey (Study Process Questionnaire) to compare changes in learning strategies selected by 75 students in 4 courses in different subjects and levels....

May 28, 2010 · 6 min

Scardamalia & Bereiter (1993). Computer support for knowledge-building communities

Scardamalia, M. & Bereiter, C. (1993). Computer support for knowledge-building communities. Journal of the learning sciences. 3(3). pp 265-283. …the classroom needs to foster transformational thought, on the part of both students and teachers, and that the best way to do this is to replace classroom-bred discourse patterns with those having more immediate and natural extensions to the real world, patterns whereby ideas are conceived, responded to, reframed, and set in historical context....

March 23, 2010 · 3 min

Postman (1969). Teaching as a subversive activity

Postman, N. (1969). Teaching as a subversive activity. Random House. Dewey expressed that the role an individual is assigned in an environment – what he is permitted to do – is what the individual learns In other words, the medium itself, i.e. the environment, is the message. ‘Message’ here means the perception you are allowed to build, the attitudes you are enticed to assume the sensitivities you are encouraged to develop – almost all of the things you learn to see and feel and value....

March 22, 2010 · 2 min

Dewey (1916). Democracy and education

Dewey, J. (1916). Democracy and education: An introduction to the philosophy of education. New York. The Macmillan Company. This book could be mined extensively for any topic. These are just a handful that are somewhat relevant to the paper I’m writing. I’ll probably revise this post later with more nuggets. 1916… Society exists through a process of transmission quite as much as biological life. This transmission occurs by means of communication of habits of doing, thinking, and feeling from the older to the younger....

March 22, 2010 · 6 min

SCoPE Seminar: Blogging to enhance learning experiences

Sylvia mentioned this in an email discussion putting some ideas together for the Northern Voice Social Software for Learning Environments session we're wrangling, and I promptly forgot to check it out. Oops. Anyway, she's coordinating an online seminar through SCoPE titled "Blogging to enhance learning experiences" - it's a moodle community with a fair amount of activity (and many familiar faces). It runs from February 12-25, so it's already under way....

February 15, 2007 · 1 min