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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

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

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. Embodied and Enactive Approaches to Instruction: Implications and Innovations. SIG-Learning Sciences.

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

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