Week 2 Class 2 Learning 2.0

Class discussion
#1~3 illustrates emerging/promising practices and challenges surrounding education. #4 and 5 embody the power of experiential and hands-on learning driven by authentic and relevant tasks. #5 incorporating elements of situated learning, communities of practice, and Dewey’s productive inquiry. It introduces many innovative and exemplary educational practices from all over the world.
  1. Information R/evolution by Michael Wesch (under 6 minutes)
  2. What is Web 2.0 by UTech (under 6 minutes) – Another good video on Web 2.0 (consisting of interpersonal computing, Web services, and Software as a Service (SAAS) (7 min)
  3. Learning to change – Changing to learn (5 minutes)
  4. From Knowledge to Knowledgeable by Michael Wesch (17 mins video)
  5. Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 by John Seely Brown and Richard P. Adler
You will see that media always portray brighter pictures of technology, when the reality of tech integration for teaching/learning and its impact are complex, dynamic, and often slow/disappointing. I say, technology is as only good as people behind it. People talk about something as the next killer application, much less discussed among practitioners is how instructional design and learning principles should apply to guide the use of media (because those two drive what people do with tech). Further resources below introduce many short and informative videos about today’s learners and what’s happening with teachers and schools.
As/after you review these materials, think about:
  • What is learning at its core? How one should learn? How has your view of learning changed?
  • How learning will become different because of the Web?
  • Should any workplace or school actively adopt/use web tools/services into curriculum?
  • If you are an ID person or one with expertise in instructional technology, what are the implication of these materials?
Further resources:

Week 2 Class 1 First Discussion

For course overview and expectation, please see the syllabus.
This course blogging site will work as an archive of web tools and services. Per selected week, the instructor will post a prompt for students’ blogging participation, which will work for your personal reflection as well as formative evaluation (e.g., suggestion, satisfaction, correction, etc.). Your comment can be brief, directed to the instructor’s post or others’ comments, and should address your positive/negative experiences, suggestions for improvement, and/or insights for improving the course. The only criterion is, your comment must add ‘substance’ to your learning or to the course.
The first prompt for you to comment is to share attitude/belief about web tools/services (e.g., whether they will truly change education/learning, whether it is another hype or passing trend, whether they must be used more for teaching/learning, etc). If there is a tool you already use for learning or sharing and you find it as very beneficial, you can use your experience to support your argument. Before class on W, check how others think of web tools for teaching/learning. There is no correct or wrong answer – you can be honest!