Dr. Bernard Bull is Assistant Vice President of Academics for Continuing and Distance Education & Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin.
In 1888, John Milton Gregory published The Seven Laws of Teaching, providing instruction on what contributes to being an effective teacher. While this list is over a hundred years old, most readers today will resonate with this list of laws. This is one of a dozen or so books that I try to read each year. It is a short read that one can usually finish in a few hours. As I picked up the book to read again today, I started to think about these laws in terms of self-directed learning, rewriting the laws from a self-directed learning perspective (which, by the way, fits nicely with law #7).
Below is the original list of “elements” from which Gregory devised his seven laws. Using these as a starting point, I revised them to create the seven elements of a self-directed learner, adding one additional item that did not seem to have adequate emphasis in Gregory’s original list (although it is embedded within several of them).
In this age of abundance of information, shifting classroom pedagogy isn't nearly enough to make learning in school more relevant and authentic for the learner. Self-directed learning (andragogy), and self-determined learning (heutagogy) are the ideals necessary in making students "future ready" to live and learn in a web connected world.
While original research applied these concepts to mature learners, it has become apparent that even young children have an abundant capacity for recognizing and directing their own learning. Anyone who has observed toddlers learning how to walk and talk understand the motivation and skill development that quickly develops during these processes.
From school classrooms to Apple product launches, slideshow presentations have quickly become the standard accompaniment to lectures. You can't give a speech without a slideshow, it seems. And they all feel same. Presentations are dominated by Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote, apps that are all but omnipresent.
Personalized learning is on the rise for learners in our schools. Redesigned schools include personal learning plans, playlists of content tailored to fit each learner, adaptive curriculum, and access to learning anytime and anywhere. That's great for students but what about teachers? Where's the pe
Connected learning — education that uses digital media to engage students and encourage communication, collaboration and critical thinking — is the key to student success in the information age, according to a new report.
What is a Personal Learning Network (PLN)? A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is an informal learning network of professionals, industry thought-leaders or organizations. Building a PLN allows one to connect with others who create, curate and/or share valuable information with the intent to educate others in their community. PLNs allow two or more people, who might not know one another personally, to come together to exchange information.
This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The report lists four elements constituting connected learning’s emphasis on bridging school, popular culture, home, and the community to create an environment in which students engage in and take responsibility for their learning.
Mind map: Connectivism -> Simemens (BIOGRAPHY, Interview with George Siemens about Connectivism), Siemens Map and Theory (New node, New node), Continual learning based on the student´s necessities. (Communication, Problem solving, Global awareness, Self direction, Critical thinking), Learning theory for a digital age (Connectivism proposes , more effective learning systems, Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.), Connectivism was introduced in 2005. (cristobal quispe), critics of connectivism, Connectivism Concept (According George Siemens his developer, In learning, Another developer is Stephen Downes), connectivism articles, Connectivism concept (New node), (online courses), New node (Newttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Downes node, Newedutechwiki.unige.ch/en/special book sources/9781105778469 node, http://www.downes.ca/post/58207), 3 theories exceeded (behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism), principles of connectivism , Learning in a complex, Adaptive age, Connectivism is a successor to behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism., conectivism and the informal learning (New node), is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connection, New node, IMPORTANCE OF CONECTIVISM (New node), Is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network and complexity, and self-organization theories. (SIEMEN´S PRINCIPLES OF CONNECTIVISM), Connectivism is a learning theory advocated by George Siemens and Stephen Downes, among others, which emphasises the importance and role of networks and connections between people (and things?) as preminent (central) to the learning process, Connectivism is a learning theory for the digital age. (New node), connectivism in our brain (connectivism, )
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