One of the seminars I had in mind for quite some time is starting this semester: »Simplicity«. Conceptually it is a sequel to the “Density” seminar that went very well and was insightful for students and me as well. Like “Density” the new seminar is dealing with a particular but general design strategy that seems […]

Structuring elements in knowledge creation processes for classes

Spike Hall describes some structuring elements in knowledge creation efforts in classes: Formal DebateEach participant committed to active participation with a reward for doing so.Moral Dimension of Student Product: Students were assigned to an advisory committee advising a business on the negative impact of business activity on public health.Student activity within advisory committee constrained within […]

Collaborative learning environments sourcebook

»This is a sourcebook for academics and students who want to develop collaborative learning environments (or communities of practice) in which lecturers, students and others can work together to create new knowledge while learning new skills. Click on the links on the left to browse through the book. The book is currently in the process […]

Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database

»TIP (theory into practics database) is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. The database contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction. These theories can also be accessed by learning domains and concepts.«

Ten Things We Know About Teaching Online

Margaret Driscoll: »As a consultant, I frequently work with business unit managers who are making decisions about online learning. These managers have clear business needs and an in-depth knowledge of technical issues, but they sometimes lack the knowledge needed to make sound educational decisions. As online learning technology becomes more reliable and user-friendly, the real […]

Instructional Design for Flow in Online Learning

Sandra C. Ceraulo: This tutorial describes how the instructional design of an online course can facilitate an optimal learning experience for the student. The optimal learning experience is the state termed “flow.” Flow, as defined by creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced Me-high Chick-zhent-me-high), is the “state in which people are so involved in an activity […]