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Embodied Cognition & Education Talks at AERA

I’ll be giving just one talk at AERA this year, and hosting a symposium session. Both are related to the applications of embodied cognition research and enactivism to education. Constructivism + Embodied Cognition = Enactivism: Theoretical and Practical Implications for


Posted in conferences, embodiment, learning sciences, theory, Uncategorized

Teaching IS Technology: A Little Philosophy of Technology & Media Theory

There often seems to be a tension between teachers and new technologies. It helps me to step back and think about technology more broadly. Almost 20 years ago I first ran across a book by Don Ihde, philosopher of technology,

Posted in computers, edtech, embodiment, learning sciences, teaching, technology, theory

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

50 Examples of the Need to Improve College Teaching

Three years ago when I started to look for a faculty position I began paying closer attention to research on college teaching. The picture is not so good. I kept a folder filled mostly with negative examples of college teaching

Posted in edtech, education, learning sciences, research, teaching

Recent Books on Conceptual Change, Engineering Education, Embodied Cognition…

I was emailing our library about purchasing some recent books and thought I’d cc the list here, along with some other recent books our library does have but you may not be aware of. Education, Conceptual Change, Constructivism Creative Model

Posted in embodiment, learning sciences, research, teaching

ICLS 2008 Papers

[another old draft I never posted] Papers for the 2008 International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) in the Netherlands have been posted online, although some of the links to papers are broken. Here some ones I pulled out (links

Posted in learning sciences, research

New Books

Some interesting education/psychology books have come out recently or are due soon: Educating Learning Technology Designers: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools – See also the L2TD site. Powerful Learning: What We Know About Teaching for Understanding –

Posted in education, embodiment, learning sciences, research

Recent News on the LS&ET Group

I’m not really keen on blogging about every link or news item I run across. I just use to share bookmarks or now this learning sciences & ed tech discussion group I announced earlier to pass on calls for

Posted in learning sciences
Doug Holton

Doug Holton

Faculty developer. Interests: developing educational technology; faculty & student development; learning sciences & psychology.

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