3250 Summary of Course Topics

Adult Learner – Jill Harrison

  • Facilitate Learning
  • Myself as an adult learner
  • Environment for learning
  • Self directed v Self regulate vs versus what an assessment looks like and who is in charge

Link to her blog 

We can not teach another person directly – we can only facilitate learning

Key Points:

  • Provide context and meaning
  • Ask questions rather an answers
  • Prior learning plus new experience/context creates new learning
  • Empower students
  • Create an independent learner with desire to learn

Learning Styles – Maria Loehrich

  • Synchronous
  • Social Presence
  • Learning Styles
  • Dominant Learning Styles

Your on my blog

Key Points:

  • Dominant Styles play an important role
  • Each Style offers significant strengths
  • Social Presence helps us learn about the online learner
  • Synchronous is learning events that happen at the same time
  • Learning Styles are an educational Myth. Why do they persist? Do they really matter?
  • Most of what you learn is tied to meaning
  • Learning Styles are here to stay
  • “The heutagogical approach can be viewed as a progression from pedagogy to andragogy to heutagogy, with learners likewise progressing in maturity.

Learning How to Learn – Anne

  • Monitoring
  • Planning
  • Evaluating
  • Sharing Power in the classroom
  • Reflexive Thinking
  • Metacognition
  • Reflecting on this topic

Link to her blog

Key points:

  • Metacognition is essentially thinking about one’s own thinking; being aware of potential gaps in knowledge and being able to reflect on cognitive processes to the point of improving them.
  • Metacognition consists of 3 phases:
  • Planning; “What do I need to learn from this” “What strategies should I apply to learn it best” “What prior knowledge do I have about this that would be helpful?”
  • Monitoring; “How am I doing, am I learning what I need to learn?” “Should I adjust any of my strategies?”
  • Evaluation; “Is there anything I don’t understand?” “Did my methods work well or could I have used better ones?” “How will I approach this next time?”
  • Techniques to teach meta-cognitive skills include modelling skills by ‘thinking out loud’, using planning guides, having students write rationales or the process by which they came to a result or completed an assignment, having a daily agenda that students can add to, reflection and journalling, student generated tests, providing opportunities and guidance to learn from mistakes,
  • 360 feedback, and self-assessments. o Creating a more learner centered classroom (and sharing power) can encourage the development of meta-cognitive skills by placing the responsibility for learning with the learner.
  • Reflexive thinking is a level of meta-cognition that involves becoming aware of one’s own biases.

Visible Learning – Kimberly 

  • Evaluating your impact
  • What has a significant effect on your learning
  • Know thy Impact
  • Instructional Strategies – How teaching effects student achievement

Link to her blog

Key Points:

  • Evidence that has been found to make the greatest impact on student achievement was shared
  • the importance of evaluation and feedback
  • evaluate your impact on student’s learning

Digital Story Telling- Arleah 

  • Digital Story Telling Why do we care?
  • Software
  • Digital Story Telling overview
  • Seven Elements of Story Telling
  • Prior Experiences

Link to her blog 

Key Points:

  • Point of view – be clear on your point of the story and who you are telling the story to.
  • Dramatic question – use at the beginning, engages viewer.
  • Emotional content – maintains interest, can create change in the viewer.
  • The gift of your voice – you may not like the sound, but others will!
  • The power of the soundtrack – compliments, and can enhance, emotion
  • Economy – keep it brief, use pictures to replace words.
  • Pacing – make use of rhythm, tempo and speed
  • Emotion and dramatic question appear to be the most challenging parts as per participants
  • Emotion is key for engaging the viewer
  • PowToon lays out a great sequence of steps: Write your script, record voice and then add images
  • There are many types of software, some higher grade and costing money but also some very good software that is free.

Critical and Creative Thinking – Jonathan 

  • Personal definitions of Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Strategies for Creative Thinking
  • Does the Discipline Matter
  • New? or New to You?
  • Is there Conflict between Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Strategies for Encouraging Creativity

Link to his blog

Key Points:

  • Being student centered allows the student to define what they are learning
  • While too much self-reflection is probably unrealistic, the choices instructors make about how they represent themselves to students could have an impact on the motivation of those students to learn.
  • The point is to build on ideas without judgement

Motivation – John Boulton

  • Intrinsic versus Extrinsic
  • Teaching Persona
  • Avoid the unmotivated

Link to his blog

Key Points:

  • Role storming can allow you to speak freely
  • Being too critical can completely block the creative process

Questioning Techniques – Entire Class

  • Socratic Questioning
  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Poor Questions
  • Any Questions?????

Key Points:

  • The point is to ensure that students don’t simply make assumptions about the research they may have been doing.
  • “Why?” question helps to prevent confirmation bias.
  • By questioning, we are encouraging deeper thought processes, higher level thinking

Group Work – Tessa

  • Intro to group work
  • Pros and Cons
  • Best Practices
  • Assessments in group work

Link to her blog

Key Points:

  • People learn well when they are personally involved
  • Small groups foster independent learning
  • Students have an opportunity to see several methods and approaches
  • The teacher can more easily identify strengths and weaknesses

Gamefication –  Adam 

  • Non Video Games plus Soft Skills Development
  • Video Games as Learning Tools
  • What is Gamification
  • Ted Talk on using Video Games for Good
  • A Glimpse on my Personal Learning through Games

Link to his blog

Key Points:

  • Video Games can be used as learning tools

Classroom Management – Entire Class

  • Times have changed
  • Cell phones in the class
  • Classroom management tips

Key Points:

  • Students will teach you a lot about the environment within which they learn and a lot about you.

Learning from Mistakes – Jamie

  • 9 Ways of learning from mistakes
  • Can we admit and talk about our mistakes

Link to his blog

Key Points:

  • We all need to learn from mistakes and that an environment that ignores them and acts as though they do not exist is toxic.

Flipped Classroom – Michael

  • Introduction to the flipped classroom
  • The traditional classroom v the flipped classroom

Link to his blog

Key Points:

  • Flipped classroom is an instructional strategy
  • Students participate in class activities and students extend their learning out of class
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