The Rebirth of Theory

Anderson, C. (2008, June 23). The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete. Wired Magazine, 16.07. Retrieved August 20, 2010 from http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/16-07/pb_theory. Anderson's argument that the exponential growth of available information requires, "an entirely different approach" to organization is valid, but his contention that this deluge of data renders theory and… Continue reading The Rebirth of Theory


Learning theory in online education

Ally, M. (2004). Foundations of educational theory for online learning. In T. A. Anderson & F. Elloumi (Eds). Theory and Practice of Online Learning (pp. 3-31). Athabasca University. Retrieved from the Internet February 3, 2010 at http://cde.athabascau.ca/online_book/ch1.html. My first reaction was to disagree with Ally's statement (quoting Clark): technologies are merely vehicles that deliver instruction,… Continue reading Learning theory in online education


The Internet as Connective Tissue

The Internet--or more specifically the Web--represents for me a networked extension of distributed computing, a trend that began with the advent of the personal computer. The Wikipedia description of "a network of networks" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet) is catchy but needlessly redundant: a network connected to another network is merely a larger network with rules that define that… Continue reading The Internet as Connective Tissue


Expertise: a long and winding road

Bereiter, C., & Scardamalia, M. (1993). Chapter Four: Expertise as process. In Surpassing ourselves: An inquiry into the nature and implications of expertise (pp. 77-120). Chicago: Open Court. The idea that experts tackle problems that increase their expertise seems supportive of the self-efficacy behind ACT-R: Reinvestment - the  motivational aspect conserving resources to have energy… Continue reading Expertise: a long and winding road


Cognitive Apprenticeship

Dennen, V.P. (2003) Cognitive Apprenticeship in Educational Practice: Research ion Scaffolding, Modeling, Mentoring, and Coaching as Instructional Strategies. In D. H. Jonassen (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, Inc. pp. 813-828. While this article provides useful definitions and distinctions among implementations of cognitive apprenticeship, the emphasis on a… Continue reading Cognitive Apprenticeship