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Learning Environments

Bransford, John D., Brown, Ann L., Cocking, Rodney R., (Eds.). (1999). The Design of Learning Environments in How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. pp. 119-142. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. I expected more from this article by virtue of its title and its presence in a book on how people learn. While I… Continue reading Learning Environments

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Evaluation

Cennamo, K. and Kalk, D. (2005). Real world instructional design. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. I've always thought there should be 3 types of evaluation: Formative to adjust instructional materials while there's time Summative to make certain instructional outcomes are achieved Normative to provide feedback to learners as they progress. The division of internal and external… Continue reading Evaluation

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Outcomes and Assessments

Cennamo, K. and Kalk, D. (2005). Real world instructional design. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. While this chapter covered previous information on assessment, I appreciated the extension of Gagné's work beyond the 9 events we covered in the previous course. The 4-step sequence on developing outcomes and assessments was particularly clear: Identify goals and outcomes Classify… Continue reading Outcomes and Assessments

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Peer feedback

van der Pol, J., van den Berg, B.A.M. Admiraal, W.F., and Simons, P.R.J. (2008). The nature, reception, and use of online peer feedback in higher education. Computers in Education 51. pp. 1804-1817. My interest in this article was articulated in the first paragraph: a pragmatic interest in reducing faculty load while maintaining an emphasis on… Continue reading Peer feedback

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Formative evaluation (of the design)

Dick, W., Carey, L., and Carey, J.O., (2005). The Systematic Design of Instruction, 6th ed. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. OK--this chapter in Dick and Carey caught me off guard. I was expecting a discussion of how to design formative assessments to provide regular feedback (self-checks) to the learner and instead discovered that formative assessment… Continue reading Formative evaluation (of the design)