Thoughts on My Thoughts

I wrote the previous post as part of a larger paper on my thoughts regarding designing for distributed learning. Looking at the paper again, with the insight provided by Dr. Scott Warren, tell me I have a lotmore thinking to do. My problem is that I believe in multiple tools, multiple approaches. I don’t believe […]

On Distributed Learning

We are first and foremost physical creatures. We are able to manipulate objects, to lift, carry, and hold. But, as a species, we possess an innate urge to be physically close to others, to be part of a greater social entity, to interact and to belong. This urge manifests before our first aware sensory perception, […]

Test Drive # 3: R U There?

From the git-go, “There” (www.There.com) is clearly not Second LIfe. For the most part, the graphics are not quite as good (but check our the insides of Egypt’s pyramids), the civilized areas are not as highly-detailed. Nor does it offer the lush environments of World of Warcraft. Fortunately, there are no dark minions waiting to […]

Digital Test Drive #2 –WoW!!!

I recently had the opportunity to spend an extended amount of time in World of Warcraft. I can definitely see why some peoples’ real-world lives disintegrate while they rise to higher levels in this absorbing digital world. Even someone like me, who is all thumbs (not in the good, gaming sense) can enjoy WoW. And […]

The “C-Word”

Moore and Kearsley (2005) state that “Distance education is about change”. A simple statement; a lot of impact. For as much as we pride ourselves on innovation and the evolution of society and technology, society isn’t all that keen on innovation or evolution. And it’s very suspicious of technology. For these are either agents or […]

Research: the differences between media and technology

In 1983 Richard Clark stated that “studies clearly suggest that media do not influence learning under any conditions”. And I agree with that. It has been shown that we can swap out one medium for another and still get the same results or, at least, results that show “no significant difference” from the original delivery […]

The Changing Role of the Instructor

With the popular acceptance of each new learning theory, with the rolling out of the latest standardized testing system, with the acceptance of the latest pedagogical application, the role of the teacher has changed. This change has never been so great as that experienced in the last twenty years. Computer use in the classroom has […]