Is the Internet melting our brains? - Salon
No! The author of "A Better Pencil" explains why such hysterical hand-wringing is as old as communication itself
What does a real life e-learning strategy look like? - e-bites
An elearning strategy from real life that has the following aims:
- Give my L&D team direction in terms of what we were going to do in re to e-learning
- Give the wider HR department a roadmap of what we were going to do and how
- Tie in with the organisation's people goals and demonstrate how the my L&D department was going to contribute – essentially making the line of sight clearer.
CCK09: Connectivism and Constructivism - Christy Tucker
A framework for comparing four learning theories - behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, and connectivism:
- How does learning occur?
- What factors influence learning?
- What is the role of memory?
- How does transfer occur?
- What types of learning are best explained by this theory?
A shorthand for designing UI flows - Signal vs. Noise
Flows are hard to communicate during the design process. Drawing out every state of a flow is too time-consuming. And drawings become instantly outdated as screens change. On the other hand, flows written down into stories or paragraphs are hard to reference and they don't easily decompose into checklists for design and review.
The Pen May Be Mightier Than The Keyboard - Science Daily
Second, fourth and sixth grade children with and without handwriting disabilities were able to write more and faster when using a pen than a keyboard to compose essays, according to new research
"People think language is a single thing. But it's not," said Berninger. "It has multiple levels like a tall building with a different floor plan for each story."
Visions of data - New Scientist
As new ways of analysing the world around us are developed, new ways to visualise that information are needed. The recent Eurographics Symposium, held in Berlin, brought together international researchers with new ideas about how to make data easier to interpret and act on.
It turns out that I have wrong in my belief that elearning tools are no good as a learning management system, as I have been thinking since I heard of the concept. I was thinking that all these e-learning tools taught the learners were how not to interact with others and simply confine themselves to their learning tasks, since the electronic mode in which e-learning solutions come work were seemingly designed to be learned by individuals in the privacy of their own homes or work stations, since this learning management system is particularly geared to provide individuals with a learning tool that can be adjusted to their preferences and pace.
I wonder about pen vs keyboard study. As an adult I produce writing faster with a keyboard--but I've been trained to touch type. So I wonder how much the study was affected by lack of fluency with the keyboard? My third grader is going through a program at school called "Read, Write & Type" which teaches proper finger placement--but he still pretty much uses the hunt and peck method of typing at the moment. I still think learning to form letters by hand is important for learning pathways.
I think part reason for being able to write longer essays with more complete sentences with a pen relates to multitasking in that the pen is a more fluid and natural device. Of course once you become older and learn to write well and type without really thinking about it then the effects of multitasking is nullified.
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