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Interesting reading teasing apart the intrinsic aspects involved in learning:  How Do You Learn Learning? at

http://cristinaskybox.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/how-do-you-learn-learning.html

Reblogged excerpt:

Heick (2013) points out these characteristics which are so intrinsic to one’s learning today:
1. Dialogic Response: Learning is a conversation–whether personal, local, and direct, or more general, global, and digitally-based
2. Community Interaction: Communities–including local physical communities, and digital, niche communities–nurture relationships and frame content
3. Abstraction & Creativity: Creativity isn’t just art and whimsy, but the overlap between the macro thinking and micro details to solve the challenges of daily living
4. Media Literacy: Digital media evolves constantly. This makes not simply “keeping up,” but grasping the nuance of platform critical
5. Play: This is the opposite of compliant response to teacher-centered environments. In play, learners freely experiment, show ambition, follow curiosity, and take risks to create, design, evolve, and connect in ways that are otherwise impossible under compulsion
6. Self-Directed Learning: Play is a big part of self-directed learning, but more broadly can include academic response, project-based learning, game-based learning, and other “school-like” learning forms while students hold themselves and one another accountable to their own criteria of quality
As one can see, these characteristics have always been part of learning, except that with today’s option of digital learning, Media Literacies play a major part of the learning process. By Media Literacies, I would like to add that here, I include also the skills of networking, for working across borders in realtime is common practice in many fields. Media Literacies, Digital Literacies, Digital Citizenship  – all inter-connected and essential to learning today.
Which leads me to wonder  how one’s learning may meet what students’ want today?

By Bobby Hoffmann, my buddy.  Read it here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/motivate/201509/which-common-educational-myth-limits-student-achievement

It is always good to refresh our good old teacher training.  Go here: https://learningrenaissance.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/educational-theories-explored-an-index-of-the-most-influential-theories-informing-learning-design/

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Find more here at http://wpblog.neuronetlearning.com/2017/01/learning-styles-teachers-misled/

Excerpt:

Despite this growing evidence that the education world may have been duped into believing in the power of learning styles, many educators are still holding on to this idea. Change in education methods can be slow and challenging, especially when there isn’t an alternative readily available. However, Cuevas believes that he may have the answer for what educators should swap into their instruction when they move the learning styles approach out.

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An interesting concept to be considered in conjunction with flipped classrooms and project-based learning, among other approaches.  Read more at:  http://www.swiftelearningservices.com/microlearning-emerging-instructional-design-strategy-in-elearning/?utm_content=bufferbd4b4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Excerpt:

What is Microlearning?

Microlearning is a learning strategy that involves bite-sized learning nuggets (small and focused segments) designed to meet a specific learning outcome. To put it simply, the learning content is chunked to reduce learner’s cognitive overload making it easy for learners to absorb and recall. And this results in better learning retention. On top of that, it is easily accessible via mobile devices providing just-in-time performance support.

Microlearning could be anything that provides a brief learning experience. For instance, it could be a mini eLearning module with a smaller chunk of learning content or a video tutorial or even a quiz or an infographic.

How Does an Effective Microlearning Course Look Like?

An effective microlearning course:

  • Provides deeper learning on a specific concept or a performance objective
  • Is bite-sized, effectively chunked and easily digestible
  • Designed for exact moment-of-need – Right information at right time
  • Ideal for extended performance support providing a better mobile learning experience
  • Focused on a single performance objective, concept or idea
  • Is usually 4 to 5 minutes in length, or shorter

 

 

 

Why we need to care to know about the adolescent brain:  https://www.edutopia.org/blog/brain-development-adolescent-growth-spurts-judy-willis

How many of our strategies are actually grounded in research?  Which ones are not?  Red more here on learning styles:  https://theconversation.com/students-are-not-hard-wired-to-learn-in-different-ways-we-need-to-stop-using-unproven-harmful-methods-63715