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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

Recent Sightings

Some recent educational books – posted to the Learning Sciences & Educational Technology group GameMaker 8 and Wonderland 0.5 have released preview versions Learn 4 Life wrote a great summary of educators using the OpenSim virtual world and ReactionGrid (opensim

Posted in children, research, technology

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

Problems with Test Prep, Related to "Disaggregating Education"?

I’ve already commented on this before here and elsewhere, but I’d be a bit cautious about separating certification assessments from learning support (“disaggregating education”). The example I gave before was programming certifications, which some people just cram for (test preparation),

Posted in education, research

Using Ubuntu as your sole operating system in academia

I’ve been using Ubuntu Linux as my sole operating system for two years now, ever since before I became a professor. The switch was completely painless as I had already been using the same software on Windows and the Mac

Posted in opensource, research, technology, ubuntu

Internet Development Course, Using Drupal

I’ll have a paper coming out this summer in MERLOT’s Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) on using Drupal as a blended learning support tool for a class. This was my foundations of educational technology course in which students

Posted in drupal, opensource, 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