Saturday, June 22, 2013

Reading for cognitive assignment:

Learning Theories 
  • The Technological Revolution
  • The Spectrum of Learning Theories
  • Behaviorism
  • Constructivism
  • Fitting the Other Theories into the Spectrum
  • Theory of Multiple Intelligence
  • Learning Theories and the Brain
  • Brain Structures
  • Implications for Learning Theory
  • Implications for Multimedia
  • References

By Darren Forrester & Noel Jantzie

Why are Canadians so ahead on online ed, I ask you? Of course, the distances in Canada are so great, they've probably always had some form of distance ed.

Anyway, here's what I'm getting from reading this. I can use some of the multimedia implications part in the cognitive assignment. I'm going to do "using advertisements to teach analysis," and part of it will be finding an ad on the Internet. That's not multimedia, is it? Well, I think I'll also have them maybe get an app that lets them "trace" the composition of the ad online and then post that as a video in class == to help them figure out how the picture is composed. 

What else? I hate multimedia for the sake of multimedia, been there, done that, waste of time. If there isn't a good pedagogical reason to use video, don't waste the bandwidth.   Forrester and Jantzie (2009) say:

"Multimedia, at its best, allows us to bring the real world to the learner through the use of sound and video. Such connection to the real world should serve as a factor in motivating students, and as a factor in providing them with additional connections to other knowledge structures. At the same time, multimedia allows students to experience information through multiple modes of presentation. Such multi-modal learning should help to build connections within the learner’s brain if only because multiple modes of reception will engage different areas of the learner’s brain. Contemporary multimedia platforms allow a greater degree of learner control and more freedom for the learner to undertake self-directed exploration of the material. Such self-directed learning is likely to be more meaningful and more connected to existing knowledge structures within the learner’s brain. Therefore, we should see advantages for learning programs that include multimedia presentations." (p. 15)

But add:

"Above all else, we should beware of the tendency to substitute passive learning for active learning. Multimedia provides significant advantages in presenting information to learners, particularly if sufficient resources have been invested to create presentations that make full use of current technology. Presentation of information, no matter how technically sophisticated, is not enough; learners must interact with content to construct their own meanings and integrate new knowledge into the dense web of neural connections that is mind and memory."


Here's an app I found (students can download the free demo at bottom) which lets them "trace" any image they can put on the screen.

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