Don’t Forget Learning is Work

Learning is work. So often I see society trying to take the work out of learning.  Teachers develop techniques that require little active engagement and focus on absorption of information.  School districts equate learning with seat time; the longer they are in class the more they learn. Learning is an experience where the student should take ownership. Anyone in the learning process must work to change either a behavior, thinking process or increase knowledge. We derive pleasure out of success in any of these areas. Without the learner actively engaged (working) in an area, there will not be change or learning taking place.

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Three criteria for effective online learning

To create any successful learning environment I believe you must have clear and timely communication, engaging activities that are clear and organized, and time for the learner to complete activities that best suit their needs. We often think that just one type of student can learn online, but I feel that all students can learn online. In fact all students do! Interactivity and communication is the key to any good classroom and online learning environment. Technology has developed enough to engage all learners online. To say that a student has to be a self motivator can apply to any classroom. This is not the main criteria to be considered. What I feel we should be looking at is the communication and interactivity of these courses, gaining the students attention, and keeping it. We are at an age where we must develop online content that is entertaining, engaging and provides a sense of belonging.

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Augmented Reality How do you use it?

Over the past few months I have been looking to design augmented learning environments.  An augmented learning environment is a mix of the real world and technology.  What I found, about the environments that I have created so far, is that student seem to really get engaged with this type of learning.  I really see the potential of these type of learning environments.  Two key aspects that really enhance these environments are that students must work together to solve a problem, and students must be moving around in the real world not on a computer.

What I am interested in learning from all of you right now is:

  • Have any of you used any of these environments?
  • How have you used these environments?
  • How did you set them up?

I have used Mscape to create CSI type learning environments that require the students work together to solve a mystery or murder.

Please post a response and let me know what are your thoughts.

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