Learning Reflections


This blog is a diary of my thoughts on teaching and learning, educational models, and teaching techniques. This is more than pedagogy, or andragogy, but goes my thoughts about how we experience and learn. [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:22:29

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Grade Focused v. Learning Focused
, Learning Reflections, May 09, 2012
Currently, I am participating in the BONKOPEN MOOC. This weeks discussion of R2D2 (Read, Reflect, Display, Do) got me thinking about some of the issues that came up with my course redesign in biology (GOALS). My students worked through concepts, wrote about what they learned, reflected on what they learned,...they WORKED. One of the biggest stumbling block though was getting the students to realize that their work was not about the grade at the end, but the ... Wed, 09 May 2012 18:39:00 +0000 [Comment]

Innovate Now!
, Learning Reflections, Apr 11, 2012
In the April 8th edition of Chronicle Review, Ann Kirschner presented an article entitled Innovations in Higher Education? Hah!:College leaders need to move beyond talking about transformation before it's too late. The message of Dr. Kirschner's article is that we have to stop talking about innovation and actually innovate. The idea of disruptive technologies, and how they ultimately force organizational changes is a critical message. What is needed is not the gradual ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:58:00 +0000 [Comment]

The Future of Learning
, Learning Reflections, Apr 06, 2012
Today at Georgia State University, President Becker and George Pullman (Director of GSU's Center for Instructional Innovation) held a forum on "The Future of Learning in Higher Education." It was a well attended forum, but as noted by one audience member, it "attracted only the converted." Hearing some of the questions, I'm not sure if it did attract only the converted, but those of us who have been trying different techniques and technologies were in the majority. Our President ... Sat, 07 Apr 2012 00:23:00 +0000 [Comment]

Digital Literacy Disconnect
, Learning Reflections, Mar 16, 2012
In the #change11 MOOC, the concept of digital literacy has appeared numerous times. Usually as a call for an increase in digital skills among students. The concept of the Digital Native seems flawed. While most of our students were born during or after the information tech revolution, most do not understand the concepts of the technology they use. They may be highly skilled in areas such the use of social networks, email and texting, but does this ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:58:00 +0000 [Comment]

More Cognitive Dissonance
, Learning Reflections, Mar 15, 2012
I am starting to realize how valuable it is for me to get ideas out of my head and out into world. Not as some grand thesis of life, but for the feedback received. I've realized that even a small statement can chance my perspective, especially when confused over a concept. So, here I am again posting about some of the thoughts running through my mind. Some of my current thoughts are informed by the happenings in the Change 2011 MOOC, and others ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:09:00 +0000 [Comment]

21st Century Universities #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Jan 09, 2012
Drs. Irvine & Code proposed an interesting challenge in their introduction this week, a question that I have been reflecting on for a few months. Since October I have been catching up on my reading about the state of Higher Education. A bleak picture is painted by many authors, not just in terms of the rapidly changing face of HE, but also the students who come out of our programs. I see the outcomes yearly. There are students who have poorly ... Mon, 09 Jan 2012 18:45:00 +0000 [Comment]

Goals #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 16, 2011
Last weeks discussions regarding David Wiley's challenges to the MOOC participants, and Tony Bates webinar today, have really encouraged me to sit down and reflect on what I want to do in my classes. Next semester I am presenting a Hybrid online/F2F class in biology. This project is based upon an internal grant sponsored by our Center for Instructional Innovation. Since joining the #change11 MOOC, I've had a lot of ideas about how to handle this class, ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:10:00 +0000 [Comment]

Opening statements on Open Content #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 11, 2011
The work of David Wiley as an innovator and advocate are impressive, especially his current work on open textbooks. The expense of textbooks is a topic that is dear to my heart, for as a science educator, I see the burden placed on students. I guess it is one of the reasons I provide all of the lab materials to the students free of charge. Of course, this makes me consider about opening up this material as open content. I have yet to get through all of the ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:29:00 +0000 [Comment]

Collective Learning - Final Thoughts #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 10, 2011
After my epiphany regarding collective learning, I've taken a chance to rethink my views on the topic and Professor Littlejohn's work. Due to meetings, I was unable to attend the presentation on Friday, and hope to view it later this week. First, collective knowledge is a reality. No human holds the sum total of all knowledge, so we have to use external sources of knowledge to supplement our understanding of topics. In the sciences, collective ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 18:08:00 +0000 [Comment]

The Phenomena of Emergence (Collective Learning #change11 )
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 06, 2011
Yesterday, I joined the CIDER meeting Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0. One of the other audience members made a comment to me that got me thinking. We were talking about emergence, and I made mention of mathematical complexity. The response was that we were discussing social emergence, and that math was just a metaphor. That is what got me thinking. A little background. Chaos theory was just becoming big when I started my ... Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:00:00 +0000 [Comment]

Collective Learning part 3 (Ah-Ha moment) #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 05, 2011
This morning in my email box, there was a note that there was a comment in Jeff Merrell's Learning. Change. By Design. blog. Allison Littlejohn had left a link to some of the presentation papers she and her colleagues have given. I want to thank her for those links because they have helped to give me more clarity on her concept of Collective Learning. As I have mentioned before, I don't see the concept of collective knowledge and learning as radically new.&... Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:05:00 +0000 [Comment]

Collective Learning Part 2 #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 05, 2011
Yesterday, I posted my first response to the Collective Learning concept that is being discussed in #change11. I mentioned that that I was missing a peice of the puzzle to Collective Learning, and I discussed how in science this does not seem like a new concept. I was reading Jeff Merrell's post on Collective Learning at Learning.Change. By Design., and I think I found that missing peice. I started to realize ... Wed, 05 Oct 2011 03:41:00 +0000 [Comment]

Epiphany...eLearning and Student Maturity Levels #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 04, 2011
Inspiration comes when you least expect it! If you followed some of my earlier posts, you may remember that I have had a problem trying to figure out how much direction and assessment to give students, verses the amount of independence provided to build their own learning environment and sense-making systems. Last night, an old model presented its self to me. My partner went back to school for a nursing degree and is currently in a leadership class. He ... Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:45:00 +0000 [Comment]

Collective Learning #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 03, 2011
I've read over the position paper posted by Allison Littlejohn, and listened to the interview points she posted on her blog site Little by Littlejohn. After going through this, I feel like I am missing something. I am left wondering if the author and her colleagues are trying to codify a process that could be better described as fuzzy or emergent. It seemed an unnecessary complication with a lot of jargon that describes something that has been going on for ... Mon, 03 Oct 2011 19:19:00 +0000 [Comment]

bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Oct 03, 2011
Over the last week, I've been looking at digital scholarship (#change11) and reading through papers on a variety of eLearning topics. One thing that kept hitting me is the use of terminology. One of the classes I frequently teach is an introductory biology course to our majors, and I spend a great deal of time trying to untangle misconceptions. A common thread that I have seen in elearning papers and blogs deals with ensuring that students utilize ... Mon, 03 Oct 2011 17:22:00 +0000 [Comment]

True or False
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Sept 27, 2011
Last week, I learned to take the comments regarding MOOC participation to heart. I got busy at work putting out fires, and lost track. I'm still reviewing blog posts so nothing major to add right now. So what I wants to talk about today is one assessment form that I really like: true or false questions. I know that many people hate them, and consider them only for rote memorization. Maybe it is my background in symbolic logic, but I see TF questions as more than rote memorization. I ... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:47:00 +0000 [Comment]

Knowledge and Intellectual Skills: Two Sides of Education
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Sept 19, 2011
Last night, I discovered that Blogger and the iPad don't get along. My post got cut a little, and so I'm going back to finish up on some of the thoughts. One of my jobs is to coordinate teaching labs for microbiology and genetics. The microbiology class is a skills heavy class. It may sound silly, but working with a microscope is really difficult for students. They come into the lab, and many think they know how to use the ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:48:00 +0000 [Comment]

Is knowledge acquisition the summit of education? #change11
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Sept 19, 2011
I read "Systematic Changes in Higher Education" by George Siemens and Kathleen Matheos this weekend. The article has gotten me thinking on a number of topic, but I'm going to focus this post to one unspoken assumption that I've seen in a number of articles on the use of online networked learning and the role of the university; namely the idea that knowledge is what is transmitted during a course. It is true that most courses are knowledge based, and there are some of my colleagues ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 05:10:00 +0000 [Comment]

Outcomes vs. Process
bioram, Change MOOC Reflections, Sept 19, 2011
I was reading the Learner Weblog by John Mak when I was struck by the dichotomy of student outcome vs. the process of learning. The administrators of our school are concerned about our outcomes (Pass/Withdraw/Fail), and many of the faculty are worried about student readiness for upper division courses. So, I live in an outcome system model. Yet evidence is showing that the process, and not the outcome, is important to learning. I can easily see this in practice.&... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 22:06:00 +0000 [Comment]

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