On Wasting Valuable Lesson Time

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute On “wasting valuable lesson time” We must. When ‘content’ is stripped of its context, which MUST include those pesky extraneous details, it becomes disconnected. No wonder learners can’t remember stuff. Virtually all of the memory tricks we use to help … Continue reading

The Massively Multi-Player Online School

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes A typical encounter at a yet-to-be built massively multiplayer online school: Suddenly, Amy realized that unless they all worked together, they wouldn’t get out alive. She wiggles the fuzzy slippers dangling from her swinging feet and glances out the window … Continue reading

There are no wrong answers

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I was at a conference recently, at a workshop where we were given an exercise that included a brainstorming activity. Among the guidelines was the now-all-too-common refrain: “There are NO wrong answers!” Poppycock. There are too wrong answers! Plenty of … Continue reading

The ID / AI Connection

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve noticed that quite a few big names in ID (Instructional Design: Papert, Schank, Merrill,..) have backgrounds in AI (Artificial Intelligence, rather than the other AI) I find this a little disconcerting. In some sense the application of concepts from … Continue reading

Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes I have seriously misjudged M. David Merrill. His Component Display Theory was very computer sciencey, and unwieldy, and really turned me off; but First Principles is *really* good. Thank you Gail for pointing me at it! I’ve had this notion … Continue reading

Immersive Education and Virtual Learning Environments

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This looks like this might be worth a bit of time to investigate: http://immersiveeducation.org/It came across the game_edu list this morning. Media Grid call for participation: Immersive Education and Virtual Learning Environments High quality PDF and Web versions: http://MediaGrid.org/#NEWS BOSTON, … Continue reading