continue on learning theories

I haven`t used my blog a lot lately, but today I got back here to fulfill the next and last task. I am not sure wether I will keep my blog updated after the seminar, though I consider it a great possiblity to share and discuss and store ideas. But as it usually is there are so many other things to take care of that keep me busy, like the exams now, that I do not get to write on my blog, especially if it is just for my own. I guess I need some extra external pressure, which brings me right to the learning theories. Wow, what a connection 😉

Task Number 9 is to to describe a day in our Life with the Learningtheories, how they effect our life, when we learn, what and how? That is quite a difficult question and I am not sure I can answer it completly. Right now the most explicit learning I do while learning for my exams.  I guess it is a mix of constructive and behavioristic learning. I learn because I have to and I hope I will be rewarded at the end of the learning period at the exam with a good grade and other people saying: „You did good, congratulations.“ Additionally I connect the content I am learning to the content I already know and form a new knowledge. One Example: I learned derivations in school in analysis. Now I need them again in another context and the maximum of the curve is now the asset maximum.

This evening, when I am at soccer-practice, I will learn using the learning theory of cognitivism. MY coach show us a new technique and we try to learn it by copying his moves.

And right now I am learning with the connectivistic theory. I looked up the informations about the learning theory at our wiki and constructed them in my mind to fit them to my learning experiences. Vocabularies I did not know, I looked up at leo and next time i will remember a few of them. Both the wiki and leo are knowledge knots where I can derive content from and connect it to my exisiting konwledge.

It seems like I use each single one of the learning theories in different contexts.

learning theories

Last session we talked about learning theories. We collected information about the four theories – Behaviourism, Cognitivism, Constructivism (and Connectivism) – in our wiki beforehand. In the session we got to present the theories to the rest of the group using an image, which described the theory in our opinion best. Martina and I presented Connectivism, which is not an official theory yet.

skype session

Yesterday was our first virtual session, where we only met online. We had agreed to meet at the usual seminar time on skype. Since I had a lecture before I couldn`t go home and was just right next to the seminar room, which was kind of weird.

Meeting on skype worked out well. The sound quality was good and most of us got into the phone conference. Without seeing each other talking was more difficult wtihout talking all at once. I think you need to appoint a moderator who leads through the conversation beforehand. I guess we were actually too many people. Even text messaging was difficult to follow with ten people writing at once.

Unfortunately the adobe breeze did not work as it was supposed to. I think the concept of one moderator who can share his screen is great for online presentations. The system needs just some improvement in matter of speed and the sound did not work at all somehow. Since iti s possible to send files via skype it seems to me that for now using skype is easier. The presentation would not be online then but everyone could download it and watch it on his desktop.

learning enviroments

Hi,

I just searched through the posts on the learning enviroments of everyone in the seminar. It`s fun to see where each of you situates his or her learning. It seemed to me like most of us do their e-learning at home at their desk. One typical attribut of e-learning, that it is flexible in matter of place appears not to be valid. E-learning is not mobile yet. In my case that proves to be true because I need an internet connection, which keeps me in my appartement, since internet connections in cafes are still rare and I did not manage to get wireless lan at the university yet. In addition to that the laptop screens do not really apply for learning outside. With sunlight on the screen you can see almost nothing.

A lot of us like their non e-learning environment outside or in a cafe. Both the places which are difficult for e-learning. Putting the learning setting outside is great because you can catch the few sunlight we get. It is noticeable though that both of the learning enviroments are places you would usually rather connect with leisure time than with learning. This might be a hint that the limit between work and leisure time is blurry. The question is, is that good or bad?

progress and reflection

First of all I need to excuse again for the delay of our presentation. Sorry.

Elena and I have been working on the progress of the presentation recording two videos yesterday. I must admit that I am not too fond of the whole video stuff but it was actually quite fun doing it. Stilll I m not sure if the extra work- effort results in an extra learning effect.

Reflection of the session about mobile learning:

After the last session, where we talked about mobile learning I downloaded some podcasts from iTunes to my iPod and tried it out on the train this morning. It was not really micro-learning since the article from the Harvard Business Review took 30 Minutes without specific breakes. It was intersting listening and I stayed more concentrated than I would have reading the article. I was not as distracted as without earplugs since I did not hear much of other`s people talking. I also downloaded the „Tagesthemen“ as a videopodcast. A cool way to watch the news if you missed it the last night though it was just yesterday`s news. I guess that is what comes with the iPhone when you have an internet connection on your mobile onthe go, so you can instantly download up-to-date stuff.

Overall there are a lot of advantages that come with the possiblity of learning on the go, but like I argued already in our last session I think we should not factor out the problems which might occur. It is extra time- consuming, it puts especially employees under a lot of pressure shifting the learning more into the spare-time and cutting that even shorter. Additionally I see a problem with the short learning units, getting people distracted and preventing concentration over a longer period of time. Students, especially younger ones, already have quite a problem with concentrating for a certain time, being exposed to fast changing TV-pictures a lot. I am not sure if we would worsen that by jumping on the same track or if it is a development which has taken place already anyhow andwe need to adopt to it now.

What is your opinion?

other blogs

In the seminar session today Ralf mentioned George Siemens and Stephen Downes as e-Learning gurus.

I am writing some stuff at the moment about e-learning and mobile learning and both of these guys crossed my research quite a few times.

Siemens developed a new learning theory called connectivism. According to this theory is learning a network-building process. New knowledge is constantly combined with existing knowledge and experiences. Learning becomes a process, in which different information sources and networking joints are constantly combined.

Downes is the one who firstly came up with the term „web 2.0“. You can find the article which was the foundation of the whole development of this on his blog too, beside some other quite interesting articles.

I think both are worthy to have a look at. Here are the links:

Downes`s Blog

Siemens`Blog

update on wbt and cbt

Today we met in the seminar to discuss our work progress and our experiences so far.  Unfortunately we discovered that Ralf`s idea on how to present the topics wbt and cbt for the seminar in two weeks were slightly different from ours. He would like us to create a lesson on our own which is based on digital media so that someone who would miss the seminar still would learn the same just by doing the learning unit.

This is not what we prepared so far. Additionally I am going on vacation tomorrow, which leaves us little time to create something.

The idea we came up now with to solve this problem is to create a powerpoint presentation including no writing but only graphics to visualize the subject like in a film. On top we will record the explanations and combine it with the slides. At the end of the presentation will be a link which guides to a page where a good example of a wbt is offered,the students can try out.  It is not exactly what we are supposed to do I guess but I hope it will work anyway.

Presentation setting

Everyone is going to write a post on the blog before next week, showing what the presentation will look like.

Elena: Will describe the features of the CBT

Simon: corrects the writing and will add information as suitable (advantages and disadvantages)

Selma: the range of use

Everybody: will look at the comparison and edit accordingly

and add a personal opinion

Now, get back to work… 😉 and of course celebrate your birthday, Elena!

nice example of a wbt

I was searching the web today to find a good wbt for a presentation. I think I finally found something: Check this out, it is quite good and even interactive link

I think we should try to concentrate on the language course comparison. Simon, did you get a cbt?

See you tomorrow