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Hybridity, pt. 1: Virtuality and Empiricism | Hybridity | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Hybridity, pt. 1: Virtuality and Empiricism | Hybridity | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

A critical mind usually avoids binaries. We know that more than two political parties can exist, that gender is constructed, and that emphatic absolutes kill conversation. We live in a world of negotiated hybridity on a variety of levels. Everything about the word calls up a vision of science and the future: hybrid cars, hybrid humans, hybrid flower seeds. Rarely do we consider the applications of a term that floats around us and permeates our daily experiences. Hybridity, as this journal proclaims, is foundational to teaching and learning. What does this kind of hybridity imply?

 

 

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Peer Instruction for Active Learning - Eric Mazur

Harvard University Prof. Eric Mazur on difficulties of beginners, teaching each other, and making sense of information.

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How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.
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Multitasking is Killing Your Brain

Multitasking is Killing Your Brain - Life Tips. - Medium

Our brains are designed to focus on one thing at a time, and bombarding them with information only slows them down. MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller notes that our brains are “not wired to multitask well… when people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost.”


This constant task-switching encourages bad brain habits. When we complete a tiny task (sending an email, answering a text message, posting a tweet), we are hit with a dollop of dopamine, our reward hormone. Our brains love that dopamine, and so we’re encouraged to keep switching between small mini-tasks that give us instant gratification.


This creates a dangerous feedback loop that makes us feel like we’re accomplishing a ton, when we’re really not doing much at all (or at least nothing requiring much critical thinking). In fact, some even refer to email/Twitter/Facebook-checking as a neural addiction.

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Critics see mismatch between Coursera's mission, business model

Critics see mismatch between Coursera's mission, business model | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Coursera's decision to charge learners in some massive open online courses up front -- viewed by some as inevitable -- has critics asking if the MOOC provider is diverging from its mission of universal access.

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What is Information?

Information is a precise concept that can be defined mathematically, but its relationship to what we call "knowledge" is not always made clear. Furthermore, the concepts "entropy" and "information", while deeply related, are distinct and must be used with care, something that is not always achieved in the literature. In this elementary introduction, the concepts of entropy and information are laid out one by one, explained intuitively, but defined rigorously. I argue that a proper understanding of information in terms of prediction is key to a number of disciplines beyond engineering, such as physics and biology.

 

What is Information?
Christoph Adami

http://arxiv.org/abs/1601.06176


Via Bernard Ryefield, Complexity Digest