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From PD to Professional/Personal Learning

We have talked about the need to change our classrooms from teacher-centered to student-centered a lot over the last year on this blog. Making the shift to a constructivist classroom takes a great deal of work. If we want to shift to this culture at our schools, we need to consider how...

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Reflecting on Online Learning and Instructional Design

Over the last 5 weeks we have been investigating the instructional design of an online course. As with all my learning as I go through a project I learn about some new things but more importantly I learn more about myself. This past month I have confirmed many of my...

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Online Learning as a Graduation Requirement?

The last four weeks have been a great learning experience as I have put together my Schoology course. I have learned several things that I am reflecting on and will hopefully explain in my next post but this week I am considering how this could work for other classes at my...

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MOOCs

As I keep moving along the pathway of creating my own online course, I thought back to the rise of MOOCs. First let me say I am not designing my course to look anything like the massive online courses I have seen or even dipped my toe into. As I...

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New Year – New Challenge

So it’s a New Year and time for a New Challenge, right? As I have been doing the last 6 months or so, I plan on tackling a new challenge and sharing my journey here on the blog. This month’s challenge is to construct an online unit. I’m going to...

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Designing for Understanding

So after investigating learning theories and finding my leanings toward the Constructivists, now I am investigating how to go from theory to practice. In the last post I looked at D. Lee Fink’s “Designing Courses for Significant Learning” and it’s focus on what I referred to as the three-legged stool...

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Converting Beliefs and Theories into Course Design

In the last post we discussed how learning theories applied to what I believe about learning. This investigation has been fascinating to take a deeper dive into my beliefs. It has deepened my feelings about active learning. Recently I watched this video from Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik that discusses the difference...

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Investigating Learning Theories

I came into teaching through a non-traditional path and thus I had not spent a lot of time exploring the established learning theories. Often when I heard about Plato, Locke, Skinner, Pavlov, Brunner, Piaget, Papert, I would ponder their relevancy. Realistically, how could these learning theories be cogent when they...