Category Archives: Theory

Social Learning: from theory to practice

Formal learning is abstract, defined by time and place, divorced from our everyday reality. It can be academically interesting, it can be fulfilling and all consuming, it can be delivered badly or delivered well, but unless it’s social, it’s incomplete. … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Authority, Blended Learning, Choreography, Community, Context, Demonstration, Footsteps, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Instructional Design, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Culture, Learning Design, Learning Technology, Legacy, Meaning, Narrative, Reflection, Scaffolding, Social Capital, Social Learning, Theory | Tagged , , , , , | 24 Comments

Learning science: the power of steam

Christmas is a time for families and for me that means my nine year old niece and six year old nephew. Once the flurry of wrapping paper has subsided and the boxes have been ripped open, once the new spaceship … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Creative, Exploration, Ideas, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Journey, Narrative, Play, Problem Solving, Science, Stories, Theory | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Creating effective blended learning solutions: a methodology

At the heart of great learning is a coherent narrative: a story that runs through all the different media, all the different experiences, all of the learning environments. The narrative is everything. We have many ways to deliver learning today: … Continue reading

Posted in Blended Learning, Choreography, Context, Demonstration, Design, Effectiveness, Engagement, Feedback, Footsteps, Learning, Learning Design, Learning Journey, Learning Methodology, Learning Styles, Narrative, Stories, Theory | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Ideas for writing multi choice questions. A broad view of assessment.

I am not a fan of multi choice questions. Any regular reader will know that it’s one of my least favourite types of so called assessment and one of the things that is most often poorly executed. And lest you … Continue reading

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Googling the answer. How easy access to knowledge may be at the expense of analytical ability.

You used to have to remember when the Battle of Hastings was and your twelve times table. Today, there’s Wikipedia and your mobile phone. It’s not just the way that we learn that is changing, it’s what we learn and … Continue reading

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