I think often these terms are used somewhat interchangeably. I know at my workplace managers are always talking about the “critical thinking” ability of an employee, but in most cases what they mean is problem solving ability, which I tend to see more as creative thinking. You’re presented with a new problem and maybe you… Continue reading Creative vs Critical Thinking
The following is a video describing the 8 principles of John Hattie’s book Visible Learning for Teachers/ Maximizing Impact on Learning. The idea is that if instructors follow these ways of thinking they will have a more powerful impact on their students’ learning. Some of these rules seem more concrete than others – ie. I know what… Continue reading Visible Learning
Learning styles… Most of us are familiar with this idea – that we each have a particular way of learning that works best for us. There three that are most well-known are Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic. Meaning you learn best by seeing, hearing, and touching/feeling, respectively. Learning Style theory has evolved to include 7 different styles:… Continue reading Learning Styles
A fellow named Abraham Maslow put forth a theory about four stages of learning. He believed that as we learn, we must move progressively through each of these steps, without skipping any. The formal name for these stages is the Conscious Competence Model. The four stages are illustrated something like this (thanks smart art!) Stage 1:… Continue reading 4 Stages of Learning
One concept that resonated with me when reading Barkley’s text was the one of Expectancy. Specifically summed up: “Students’ expectations are inextricably linked with their self-perceptions. Students must have confidence that, with appropriate effort, they can succeed. If there is no hope, there is no motivation.” Cross and Steadman (1996) p.11 in Barkley’s text. Barkley… Continue reading Expectancy
Heutagogy is a word I have never even heard before, so this is a bit of a mind-bending topic for me. I am interested in learning more about the application of this concept, as it still feels a bit fuzzy to me, and I wonder how applicable it is for my work situation. I work for… Continue reading Heuta-what?
As I wade through the forums in this course and process/digest all the new information and well-written posts, I notice I am always processing the information through the lens of online learning – ie. How will this concept transfer to the online environment? I work for a college that does combined programs – so some… Continue reading Virtual Icebreakers