SMALL: Situated Micro-Adventure Learning Lab Theoretical Bases John Seely Brown/Lave - situated cognition Wenger - communities of practice TPACK model Activity Theory: tasks -> operations -> operations Engineering Goal Using the case study archetype as a basis, replace the "Expert Advice" component with a Flash (Flex) video/audio real-time connection. Questions Humanities "cases" Realistic versus fictional… Continue reading SMALL


A Convincing Vision

Downes, S. (2010). New Technology Supporting Informal Learning. Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence 2(1). pp. 27-33. Retrieved March 13, 2010 from Downes considers the intersection of games and social networks and examines the implications for the design of future learning environments. His initial argument—that games and simulations represent episodic events—is based on… Continue reading A Convincing Vision

design · participation

My So-Called Dilemma

I find myself returning again and again to the conflict I felt when reading Norman's Design book. Is design in the world or in the head? The question now seems central to everything. Do I design/learn/teach from the perspective of a single user? Do I embed my intentions in social participation? Or do I even… Continue reading My So-Called Dilemma


Creation is Overrated

I've submitted papers to conferences before. I've had a number accepted. Most were even peer-reviewed. It's an academic tradition I approve of and even enjoy because I like verbally sharing and discussing the lessons we've learned about delivering online education; through that process, others will now take up that cause because the place I used… Continue reading Creation is Overrated


Digital Age (as in “too old to text”)

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon 9(5). White, D. (July 23, 2008) Not 'Natives' & 'Immigrants' but 'Visitors' & 'Residents.' Message posted to White, D. (October, 2009) Visitors  & Residents. Video posted to at Bullen, M. (March 20, 2010). Six Reasons to be Skeptical. Message posted to… Continue reading Digital Age (as in “too old to text”)