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Two Courses That Made a Difference in Student Retention

Universities and colleges have a huge problem with retaining and graduating their students – particularly students in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, math, where 60% drop out or transfer) and students at community colleges (55% never graduate).  But state colleges

Posted in education, learning sciences, research, teaching

New Books on Learning & Technology

Some recent and upcoming books that caught my eye (haven’t read them yet). Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities – They’ve made a copy of Chapter 10: Action Notebook available online.  “it summarizes dozens of practical steps you can take

Posted in edtech, education, embodiment, research, Uncategorized

Would Dewey, Piaget, Montessori, Friere get published today?

Imagine if Jean Piaget, John Dewey, Maria Montessori, or Paulo Friere were tenure track education or psychology professors today. They would probably not get their work published in education and psychology research journals, despite being some of the most highly

Posted in community, education, research, theory, Uncategorized

Notes for a new open access educational journal

I had some thoughts for a new open educational journal last week, especially in light of the discontinuation of the Innovate journal.  I even tested out Google Knol as a hosting platform.  It allows for open peer review and more

Posted in edtech, learning sciences, research, theory, Uncategorized

The Connection between Embodied Cognition and Learning: 3 Examples from Physics Education

When I started this blog 8 years ago, it was described as ‘eclectic’.  Part of that is because, like most blogs, it is a slow form of stream of conscious, blogging about stuff that interests me.  But also as a

Posted in embodiment, learning sciences, research

Educational Research Blogs, Twitterers

The research blogging awards were just announced, listing the top blogs and twitterers who share info about the latest research.  There isn’t even a category for educational research, however. I was going to list my own top ‘educational research’ bloggers,

Posted in edtech, education, research

Need Much Much More “D” in Education R & D

I already blogged about this matter 3 years ago in a post entitled “The State of Educational Research & Development.” But a few recent things made me think of it again: @newsweek tweeted for us to tell them our thoughts

Posted in development, edtech, education, learning sciences, programming, research, software, teaching, technology, Uncategorized

Misconceptions about Design

Design is the process of going from function to structure.  There is some purpose, or goal, or effect on the environment desired (a function), and structures are created or organized to achieve that function. See more about structure-behavior-function models of

Posted in development, learning sciences, research, software, teaching, technology, Uncategorized

Cognitive Load Theory: Failure?

The title of this post is meant to be a joke (not a troll).  The inventor of cognitive load theory (Sweller) and others labeled problem-based learning and other constructivist and inquiry-based instructional techniques a ‘failure’ in an oft-discussed 2006 paper

Posted in embodiment, learning sciences, research

Free Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education books

The National Academies (of science, engineering…) have produced a number of educational books over the past decades, and it has been harder to keep track of them all, so I’m copying descriptions of some recent ones below. The nice thing

Posted in education, learning sciences, research
Doug Holton

Doug Holton

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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