Educational psychologists distinguish between several types of constructivism: individual (or psychological) constructivism, such as Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, and social constructivism. This form of constructivism has a primary focus on how learners construct their own meaning from new information, as they interact with reality and with other learners who bring different perspectives. Constructivist learning environments require students to use their prior knowledge and experiences to formulate new, related, and/or adaptive concepts in learning (Termos, 2012). Under this framework the role of the teacher becomes that of a facilitator, providing guidance so that learners can construct their own knowledge. Constructivist educators must make sure that the prior learning experiences are appropriate and related to the concepts being taught. Jonassen (1997) suggests “well-structured” learning environments are useful for novice learners and that “ill-structured” environments are only useful for more advanced learners. Educators utilizing a constructivist perspective may emphasize an active learning environment that may incorporate learner centered problem-based learning, project-based learning, and inquiry-based learning, ideally involving real-world scenarios, in which students are actively engaged in critical thinking activities. An illustrative discussion and example can be found in the 1980s deployment of constructivist cognitive learning in computer literacy, which involved programming as an instrument of learning.:224 LOGO, a programming language, embodied an attempt to integrate Piagetan ideas with computers and technology. Initially there were broad, hopeful claims, including “perhaps the most controversial claim” that it would “improve general problem-solving skills” across disciplines.:238 However, LOGO programming skills did not consistently yield cognitive benefits.:238 It was “not as concrete” as advocates claimed, it privileged “one form of reasoning over all others,” and it was difficult to apply the thinking activity to non-LOGO-based activities. By the late 1980s, LOGO and other similar programming languages had lost their novelty and dominance and were gradually de-emphasized amid criticisms.
Dear Faculty, We’d like to remind you about Clickers, a classroom polling tool to promote student engagement. UTD’s official clicker solution is Turning Point Cloud. If you would like more information, PLEASE… More CLICK HERE. If you are a first time user and would like to begin using Turning Point Cloud, please CLICK HERE TO REQUEST AN INSTRUCTOR KIT. [ 61 more words ]
A five-hour extended maintenance outage has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, from 1-6am (early morning) to perform emergency maintenance on our eLearning environment. During this time, eLearning will be… More UNAVAILABLE. If you have any questions, please contact eLearning@utdallas.edu.
Good Afternoon, The UT Dallas eLearning team assists faculty in implementing Clickers (classroom polling technology) in their classrooms. If you are new to Clickers and would like to learn more, PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR AN OVERVIEW. The officially recommended clicker technology for campus-wide use is Turning Point Cloud. If you are interested to start using Turning Point Cloud in your Spring 18 class/es, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS ONLINE FORM and we will initiate the process right away.
Andy Hicken , Director of Quality and Strategy at Web Courseworks and another eLearning Business consultant, explains that the most important thing when considering who your learning business consultant will be is if they are a good personality fit. MORE
The UT Dallas eLearning team offers training workshops to faculty and staff on various educational technology tools. To browse through training offerings, PLEASE VISIT OUR TRAINING PAGE. To view available dates… More and register, please LOG INTO GALAXY > Look for LEO (Learning and Education Organizer) > click on “Find Available Training” > Search by “Training Department”). If no dates are available, please fill out the… [ 92 more words ]
Misuse is subject to criminal prosecution. Users have no expectations of privacy except as otherwise provided by applicable privacy laws. A complete manual of security policies and procedures is available for UH students at http://www.uh.edu/infotech. UHV students can review the security policies and procedures available at http://www.uhv.edu/fin/policy/g/g-2.aspx.
The University of Florida Exchange or commonly known as UF exchange is an email and collaboration service provided for UF. UF Exchange has been designed so as to help provide world-class service for the entire university community.
Blackboard (the name of the software that UTD calls eLearning) does not have this ability. No webpage could. It would violate privacy controls built into every modern web browser. But more importantly, it would encroach on Google’s revenue, whose empire is built on exclusive access to your private information.
Videoconferencing was an important forerunner to the educational technologies known today. This work was especially popular with museum education. Even in recent years, videoconferencing has risen in popularity to reach over 20,000 students across the United States and Canada in 2008–2009. Disadvantages of this form of educational technology are readily apparent: image and sound quality is often grainy or pixelated; videoconferencing requires setting up a type of mini-television studio within the museum for broadcast, space becomes an issue; and specialised equipment is required for both the provider and the participant.
by Lori Smith, COTP. Happy Friday! Ok, maybe it’s Friday when you’re reading this, maybe it isn’t. However, if it’s not a Friday, let’s pretend that it is. You’d like your Adobe Captivate eLearning module to greet the learners with “Hello! MORE
OIT will conduct emergency maintenance Friday evening (tonight) from 5pm to 9pm. While OIT does not anticipate any impact to users, there may be periods when users are unable to log into eLearning. (Users already logged into eLearning should not be impacted by this maintenance.) Please see the notification from OIT below. If you have any questions, please contact the OIT Helpdesk at 972-883-2911 or… [ 75 more words ]
eLearning Brothers has always given and will continue to give out free assets that are beneficial to eLearning developers and presenters alike. Or you can change it, add eLearning Brothers games and scenarios, and brand it for your needs (we built it for that too)! MORE
She finds some great articles and even some free elearning to help her gain a deeper understanding of SMART and get exposure to a number of cases and examples. DIAGNOSE Go through learning activities, classroom, elearning, etc. FOUR WAYS TO CLOSE THE. LEARNING-DOING GAP FOR.
If there are any errors in the Course ID, Section Numbers, the Instructors Username or Role, the system will hold the request for review by LSS Staff responsible for course creation to resolve the errors.
Spring 2018 Courses – Spring courses are now available to instructors in eLearning. Students will be loaded one month prior to the semester start. Spring courses, however, will not become visible to students… More until the first day of class (January 8th). REMINDER: Adding Users to Your eLearning Course Below are forms to have users added to your eLearning courses. We strongly recommend that all requests be submitted… [ 180 more words ]
eLearning was updated recenly, and with this update there are a few new features, one returning feature, and a few minor issues we’d like to tell you about. The video link below will go over the following:
According to Jenkins, “Rather than dealing with each technology in isolation, we would do better to take an ecological approach, thinking about the interrelationship among different communication technologies, the cultural communities that grow up around them, and the activities they support.” Jenkins also suggested that the traditional school curriculum guided teachers to train students to be autonomous problem solvers. However, today’s workers are increasingly asked to work in teams, drawing on different sets of expertise, and collaborating to solve problem. Learning styles and the methods of collecting information have evolved, and “students often feel locked out of the worlds described in their textbooks through the depersonalized and abstract prose used to describe them”. These twenty-first century skills can be attained through the incorporation and engagement with technology. Changes in instruction and use of technology can also promote a higher level of learning among students with different types of intelligence.
The only software that I am aware of that UTD uses that is even remotely “monitoring” is the LockDown Web Browser which students have to use when they’re taking an online quiz at the Testing Center. But it is mostly just an enforced whitelist. Other software is in use too such as TurnItIn (used to check for plagiarism).
Cognitive science underwent significant change in the 1960s and 1970s. While retaining the empirical framework of behaviorism, cognitive psychology theories look beyond behavior to explain brain-based learning by considering how human memory works to promote learning. The Atkinson-Shiffrin memory model and Baddeley’s working memory model were established as theoretical frameworks. Computer Science and Information Technology have had a major influence on Cognitive Science theory. The Cognitive concepts of working memory (formerly known as short term memory) and long memory have been facilitated by research and technology from the field of Computer Science. Another major influence on the field of Cognitive Science is Noam Chomsky. Today researchers are concentrating on topics like cognitive load, information processing and media psychology. These theoretical perspectives influence instructional design.
Good Afternoon, The UT Dallas eLearning Team assists faculty in implementing CLICKERS (classroom polling technology). At UTD, the officially recommended clicker software is Turning Point Cloud by Turning… More Technologies LLC. If you would like more information, PLEASE CLICK HERE. If you are a first time user and would like to implement Turning Point Cloud in your Fall 2017 course/s, … [ 96 more words ]
Since technology is not the end goal of education, but rather a means by which it can be accomplished, educators must have a good grasp of the technology and its advantages and disadvantages. Teacher training aims for effective integration of classroom technology.
The Master of Science degree is a six semester program tailored to meet the needs of busy professionals who are looking for a distance degree program that is compatible with their current work. All classes are online, offered through a state-of-the-art system that allows you to complete your coursework when your schedule allows. The cost remains the same, no matter where you are located.
Never one to shy away from a cheesy theme, I’ve picked out a few templates from the eLearning Brothers Template Library that are perfect for sharing your love (of eLearning). Diamond is a nice way to mix in some different colors into your next eLearning project. MORE