dan lasota's masters in education portfolio for online innovation and design

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Reflective Writing

3 June 2012

In a sense every piece of writing for online pedagogy was reflective, but the weekly writings below were very open ended and served multiple purposes. They gave the instructor an assessment of the cohort’s understanding of the weekly reading assignments. They also gave cause for us to employ higher levels of cognitive thought to the subject matter. This went way beyond simple reading material. I know I would have forgotten most of these concepts had I only read the material. Unless the material is practiced and put into some practical application, our minds will simply dump it.

Our writing also helped peer to peer learning. By reading and commenting on cohort writing of the same subject we could see different angles of inquiry. Some of us augmented the material with external related matter and that was very helpful in providing good reading leads as well as building a better knowledge foundation for all of us.

This is also a good case for putting student work out in the public view. The expectation of having my writing exposed to peer and public view certainly provided incentive to produce quality work.

... One effect is overt. In group projects team members collaborate and help each other. Students learn team work, have a safe place to wield new ideas and demonstrate higher levels of learning like analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The presence of the instructor guides and prompts the discussion, can refocus it and supply additional learning resources where they are needed ...
Tool Reflection
9 May 2012
... A 10 indicates that this will lead to Kumbaya like interactions and foster learner connections. A 1 means you will lose friends and your dog will run away from you ...
... It seems that technologies that exist only to augment another poorly performing piece of technology tend to go away once they are no longer needed. The MIDI technology is a good example. One of the links provided by McGreal & Elliot (2008) pointed to a web page that played simplified midi music of Holst's The Planets ...
Public Student Work
12 April 2012
... The main benefit of having students post work in a public space is that the student's expectations are raised for performance. Instead of only treating work as a percentage of a grade it is treated as a contribution, a reflection of the student's capability and an item in a learning portfolio that will be viewed by cohorts ...
... It was beneficial to see a cohort work through completely unrelated subject matter, but still wrestle with the themes of this course. Being able to tie in the common themes of levels of understanding, types of assessment, and different learning activities between differential equations and aurora photography was very valuable ...
Taxonomy Reflections
3 April 2012
... While doing my intensive review of differential equations I took notice of the way I organized material from the textbook. My methods were very much like a novice learner, not completely novice, but very much different from an engineering student who had taken a course in the subject only two years ago. The questions I asked and the ways I approached the learning process was much different from someone who was not a novice. I can see that my strategies for approaching learning in relation to pedagogy are more advanced ...
Delving into Taxonomies
29 March 2012
... With the taxonomies at hand, I was readily able to construct learning objectives that have the students practicing and demonstrating these deeper levels of understanding. I think its important to think each segment of a math course as a train stop on a long journey. It is not necessary to force the highest levels of knowledge competency at each and every stop. It is critical to build solid foundations so the end result will be that the student ...
Situational Factors
5 March 2012
... Nearly anyone taking Differential Equations is either going to be a mathematics, physics, or some engineering related major. The students taking Differential Equations have had many years of previous mathematics training and are well versed in ...
21st Century Learning
24 February 2012
... John Seely Brown (2006, p. 22) points out that "you can't just drop new innovations into a classroom and hope that the instructor will invent effective ways to use them. To fully utilize a new teaching technology you often need to invent new teaching practices as well." To put this into context, having interactive video technology alone is not enough to change teaching and learning today ...
Online Learning Study
18 February 2012
... Rather than merely using the web as a medium to deliver content as we would in a classroom, we ought to use the unique strengths of the web to allow students to become active learners. Because of the constraints of a physical classroom lecture hall, 100+ students cannot all ask an instructor individual questions and have them answered adequately ...