I had no clue what to write about this week until I watched the TEDxYouth talk by Seth Godin called “Stop Stealing Dreams.” Specifically, I got interested in writing when I heard Mr. Godin say “…if it’s work, they try to figure out how to do less. And if it’s art, we try to figure … Continue reading All Play and No WorkRead more
I found the article, “It Takes More than a Major” to be a stressful read. As a graduate student, when I look back at my undergraduate experience I know I wasn’t successfully prepared for the work force. My undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering didn’t emphasize innovation, instead my studies focused specifically on mathematical computation of … Continue reading Am I Prepared for WorkRead more
As I reflect on the past semester, I feel as if it’s been a blur. A rush of papers, projects, proposal writing assignments, tests, long drives to doctors appointments, endless traffic….like I’m on a treadmill that my legs can’t keep up with. Yet, amidst all of the stressors life seems to throw at us…amidst the “blurriness”…Read more
As we pause to give thanks this week, please take some time to reflect on the readings for our final unit (week 14). The articles by Parker Palmer and Dan Edelstein are especially relevant, and if you are only going to read two more things for this class, please, please, please let these be the pieces you choose. Think about […]Read more
I certainly identify with the writer’s point of view. I have to admit that reading this article, which was quite brief by the way, took me longer than it should because I got distracted. I got distracted trying to do many things at the same time. Perhaps, it’s not that my attention span is reducing … Continue reading Lazy me!Read more
Like the author of the Atlantic article, I find myself now unable to concentrate for long periods on the same text. But I also can’t watch a 45 minute television show without doing something else. I’m multitasking at all times it seems like, but that’s different than not being able to concentrate because of the […]Read more
Aptly named. The readings this week are in line with arguments I have with myself and others fairly regularly. I’ve already put a lot of this in comments on other posts, so instead of rehashing I’ll summarize. I’m not an early adopter. I do not want/need the shiny new tech toy the moment it comes […]Read more
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Brown
Tradition is meant to evolve, not necessarily remove. Contrary to traditional educational practices, wherein the power is instructor-centered requires a transformational effect on former traditional educational practices of learning itself, the instructors’ role, and on the learner’s disposition towards learning. Taking a step-back from traditional lecture to a non-traditional, informal view of learning; problem-based learning beings with establishing a foundation that is authentic and meaningful within the learning community, so that students realize they have the greater responsibility for their own learning. Utilizing problem-based learning approaches requires a transition from the traditional model of learning, so “relearning” and “revaluing” the learning process is vital before reshaping a student’s perception of their learning process.
I believe this form of learning provides students with creative, flexible, and imaginary licenses as it pertains to their discipline or subject to engage in activities or work that encourages a greater depth of reasoning, critical thinking, and creativity, which is optimal to learning. The process is semi-sructured, but still provides learners with an abundance of opportunities to be engaged, interact, self-monitor, increase self-efficacy, and autonomy in their learning. This learning environment creates depth learning in which entails creativity and non-traditional instructional strategies to impact and influence approaches to cognitive responses, social development, communication skills and potential opportunities that learners can not only transfer applied knowledge to real situations, but produce and construct their own knowledge in novel environments, so learning goes beyond the book and the learning community. Learners are empowered, so the power differential becomes almost concealed, thus making the student the expert in which creates confidence to take risks, make mistakes, and ask or seek help for clarification.
Learning is through discovery, social interaction, observation, and assistance or guidance, so influencing in-depth learning and engagement in prompting discussion(s) that students will process the information learned, studied or experienced by applying it, evaluating it, or comparing their understanding of it with their peers, which reinforces the peer-to-peer interaction and increases students’ involvement and participation in the course. Problem-based learning is an integral component to learning so that students are more involved and engage in the process of inquiry, investigation, and interpretation in which students are able to embark on these specific inquires and solve or create a resolution to problems or fill in the gaps and apply in actual settings or situations. So, I think re-conceptualizing traditions is a great alternative in finding a balance between tradition and non-traditional learning, so students are able to authentically demonstrate their knowledge utilizing appropriate methods suitable to the circumstances, and develop the confidence and competence to participate in meaningful learning communities or non-academic communities.Read more
Digital technology (DT) has revolutionized learning environments in higher education with multiple resources that are easily accessible and relatively easy to implement. DT likely improves the amount of knowledge or skills that a student acquires, as well as, it might keep engagement of the students in the classroom. Yet, just by adopting DT in the … Continue reading A digital world is not a dumber world →Read more
Many can assume that information is power, in a positive way. The UN has gone so far as to say that access to the Internet should be a basic human right. While I doubt that is so people every where can suffer through mediocre food photography on Instagram, I do think that the access to […]Read more