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Posted on Nov 6, 2011 in Academic Assignments, Andragogy, Behaviorism, Blog, Cognitivism, Connectivism, Learning Theories, Social Learning Theory | 0 comments

The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities

The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities

 

I dived right into our weekly assignment and started reading, and reading and some more reading. When I got to Ferriter’s article I was really glad about the way it gives you a nice and simple overview of the topic.

Retrieved from: Ferriter, B. (2009). Learning with blogs and wikis. Educational Leadership, 66(5), 34–38.

I said to myself let, me just read through the instructions and see where it takes me. So the first blog I stumbled across from his article was: http://ideas.blogs.com

Ferdinand Krauss’ blog is a like a big platform where all the goodies are in one spot. It is an incredible resource with links to educational topics and other blogs or forums, literature and interviews. Here you can find endless resources in the form of quick links for teachers as well as students. Unfortunately the blog is outdated where the last article is from 2009.

So I continued my search and came across this one: http://www.instructionaldesign.org/theories/index.html

Greg Kearsley’s blog gives an informative overview on theories of learning and how to use and understanding them in order to design a ‘good’ learning resource. His emphasis on best practices leaves the reader with the hope that theories are the basics of the understanding of any learning model, but to actually succeeding the knowledge being acquired by the learner.

“Instructional design models typically specify a method, that if followed will facilitate the transfer of knowledge, skills and attitude to the recipient or acquirer of the instruction. Obviously paying attention to “best practices”, and innovative teaching methods will make any instructional design model more effective.”

Retrieved from: http://www.instructionaldesign.org/index.html

I loved this one: http://community.articulate.com/blogs/

This blog is an educational platform for the e-learning community where thousands of members share ideas and tips to online learning. I stumbled across it and really liked the setup where one can read advice about the use of different tools. I even found some tutorials on the matter, as the ‘blog’ for me was never really a learning tool. Now reading about all the possibilities is at present overwhelming, so I am trying to slowly get the whole picture of this tool in an educational context. There are many useful tips and guidelines with other blogs linked to the site, which gives me a good overview.

When reading through the site, I came across an article by Tom Kuhlman on his blog and stumbled across this sentence:

“Those who design elearning courses are the bridge between the client who has specific expectations and the learner who has to take the course.”

Retrieved from: http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/ the-3-essential-questions-every-learner-wants-answered/

He argues the fact how learning should make sense to the one who is actually learning. We as adults and instructional designers may have a lot of great ideas, but how effective is the design of a specific topic? Do the learners understand the need? Why should they read a textbook or an article which bores them to death? I also believe the key success lies indeed in the motivation of the learner. I mean after all, we all can still remember how we used to moan about the ‘delivery of content’ during our school years 😉 Even though the article is from 2008, I find the information still useful even to this day. I believe in anticipating the expectation of the learner, can help me create a more meaningful relation to the content as well as the presentation.

 

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