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Blog Response to Micro learning

This post is in response to Aneesh Bhat’s post on Microlearning – A Paradigm Shift in the Way We Learn.

I am an elementary teacher and we often have to attend Professional Development (PD) workshops each year. Majority of these PDs are all day. The presenters spend most of their time lecturing new information from a PowerPoint presentation and there is little to no engagement to show that we understood and have processed the new information. Although PDs are necessary to enhance teaching strategies, I believe that it needs to be more interactive. We need to be able to apply new knowledge so that it is not lost.

I like the idea of micro learning because you are able to learn new information in small portions and apply the information as well. Giving a presentation with a wealth of information in one day for about 5 hours is not going to help teachers or any employee to grasp or apply the information. More than likely, after the training all that information is lost because it was not being applied.  In order for information to be processed and stored in memory, you must be attentive. If presenters want their audience to retain and use the information they learned, then the information needs to be presented in a more meaningful way. I think that micro learning is one way. I am sure there are a variety of other ways. Feel free to give your input about micro learning as well as other ways to present new information in workshops.

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Evaluating and Identifying Online Resources

 

This week, I had to look for at least two articles and/or websites that talk about the brain and how it learns, information processing, and problem solving methods during the learning process.

The first website that I found was Edutopia. On the site, I came across several resources on brain-based learning. In one resource, it covered myths about the brain. Some of those myths I can recall reading from my course text. In a next article, written by Dr. Donna Wilson, discusses cognitive strategies for getting and keeping the brain’s attention. I think that this article can be helpful for both educators and instructional designers.

The Information Processing to Approach site gives information on learning theories and how information is processed.  The site provides a stage model of how information is processed and stored in three stages. The three stages in which information is processed and stored are sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. Descriptions of each stage are provided on this site. Scrolling to the bottom of the page, there is a chart on using information-processing approach in the classroom.

Resources:

Huitt, W. (2003). The Information Processing Approach to Cognition. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. Retrieved from http://www.edpsycinteractive.org/topics/cognition/infoproc.html

Wilson, D. (2015). Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/strategies-getting-keeping-brains-attention-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers

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Instructional Design Blogs

My name is Aniqua and I am enrolled at Walden University in their master’s program for Instructional Design and Technology. This post is for my Learning Theories Instruction course. I will be writing about three blogs or sites on instructional design.

The first blog that I took interest in was from Experiencing E-Learning by Christy Tucker. Christy Tucker is an instructional designer that writes various articles explaining what instructional designers do as well career options. She also have articles for anyone that is interested in becoming an instructional designer and provides additional resources such as books and other bloggers who write about instructional design. Christy Tucker also has experience in education from K-12 as well as on the college level. I look forward to reading more of her posts on both instructional design and education.

This next site is eLearning Industry. This site consists of numerous authors that post articles on eLearning and instructional design. Christopher Pappas, who is the founder of the eLearning Industry Network, wrote most of the articles that I have come across. I have read some articles on learning theories written by Christopher Pappas. I believe that this site will be of great use to me for this class and possibly for my future classes. I will also utilize this site to help me become a more effective teacher. I glimpsed an article called Socratic Questions In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know that I am interested in reading. I know it is centered on elearners, but I believe that I can take away something from this article to use in my classroom.

The last blog I found interesting was the eLearning Coach by Connie Malamed. Connie has a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology. On her site, she has podcasts that are related to the field of instructional design and technology. She also has various articles, strategies, and product reviews pertaining to eLearning. Her site, as well as the other sites that I mentioned is very easy to navigate. I look forward to learning as much as information about instructional design and eLearning from these blogs as well as other blogs.

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