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Meaningful tools

Fetterman, D. (2002). Web Surveys to Digital Movies: Technological Tools of the Trade. Educational Researcher. 31(6). pp. 29-37. Any article on technology tools is out of date the instant it is published; however, this article endures far better than the 2002 date suggests, possibly because Fetterman concentrates on tools that build meaning. Without inventing a… Continue reading Meaningful tools

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Collaboration is hard

Collaborative writing turned out to be more challenging than I surmised, primarily because we each approached the project with different styles (not writing styles--collaboration styles). However, this turned out to be the best lesson for me personally--the need to accept and embrace each individual. We talk about pedagogical design needing to recognize the variety of… Continue reading Collaboration is hard

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Recording SL

The following is the setup I used with CamStudio (an open source screen capture application available at http://camstudio.org/) but I think some of the settings (and especially the physical setup) may apply to other screen capture applications. This was done on a Wintel machine running XP: Software Settings Video compressor - Microsoft Video 1 (CamStudio’s… Continue reading Recording SL

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CSCL Revisited

CSCL combines many of the theoretical elements we studied in instructional design--constructivist learning, social negotiation of knowledge, the importance of communication transactions--with the area I work in: Internet-delivered instruction. While the group I work with has long advocated the use of student groups as a means to address enrollment scalability, CSCL lends research-based credence to… Continue reading CSCL Revisited

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Coop-alaboration

While both cooperative and collaborative learning are founded in constructivist theory where knowledge is actively constructed by students, the distinction between cooperative learning as, "a division of labor among participants" and collaborative learning as "mutual engagement of participants in a coordinated effort to solve the problem together" (Roschelle & Teasley as cited in Resta &… Continue reading Coop-alaboration