Why We Learn

Thoughts on educational psychology, instructional design, and the integration of technology in educational settings.

Category: Pedagogy

A Better OTES Rubric

The OTES rubric is a fairly complicated document that runs several pages in length. As I see it, there are some major challenges to understanding its demands/expectations. it's written in a way that includes a fair amount of independent clauses the differences between levels are often incremental and depend on a single word many of […]

Ohio Teacher Evaluation System : Dishonest, Unrealistic, and Not Fully Supported by Academic Research

I've spent the past three days at an OTES (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System) training. This system is being phased in over the next two years, and will serve as the vehicle by which all teachers in Ohio are evaluated. The workshop culminates with a post-assessment, taken some time after the classes end, resulting in licensure […]

Learning From Mistakes

It seems to me that education’s ultimate goal is transfer. Ironically, efficient instruction, a primary aim of instructional design, could prevent one from reaching this goal. Instructional designs represent the way in which its creator/designer views, perceives, and/or understands the content of study. Efficient instruction prescribes a narrow (single) path from what the learner knows […]

Cognitive Load and Instructional Efficiency

Cognitive Load Cognitive load theory (CLT) is a theory rooted in the idea that working memory is a limited capacity store within which processing occurs. More broadly, cognitive load theory provides evidence for why specific learning supports / designs are efficient. Essentially, this line of research looks at ways in which instructional design elements might […]

Feedback and Self-Regulated Learning

Overview Feedback and Self-Regulated Learning: A Theoretical Synthesis, written by Deborah L. Butler and Philip H. Winne in 1995, is a popular piece of academic literature. Google Scholar indicates that it has been cited by 1183 works. Its importance is likely a result of that way in which it views the nearly universally reported benefits […]