Why We Learn

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

Category: Technology

Comprehensive Exams Begin Today

I’ve just received four questions that I must address as the primary component of comprehensive exams at Kent State University. I have eight weeks to answer these completely, after which they will be evaluated. If I’m successful, I will then be asked to defend my responses in person. Research Methods in Educational Psychology and Instructional […]

Mott & Wiley, 2009 – About that last paragraph…

January 3, 2010 I spent 3 months tutoring a middle school student during my senior year of high school, and ever since I’ve believed that the one-on-one, face-to-face environment is uniquely suited for instruction. These feelings have been reinforced, my interest piqued once more, as I have read about cognitive apprenticeship and Rogoff’s Apprenticeship in […]

Hybridized Online Learning – More (But Could be Even More?) Effective

Benjamin S. Bloom has two works from which to draw when interpreting the results of a new study by Carnegie Mellon. The key finding, related to the efficiency of this design, is summarized in the following quotation. By combining the open-learning software with two weekly 50-minute class sessions in an intro-level statistics course, they found […]

Apple’s iPhone for School Administrators – Low Expectations?

Apple has added a document to their web site, published in early December of 2009, entitled iPod Touch/iPhone for Administrators. These sort of documents, put out by developers of technology, are interesting in that they shed some light on the way in which these companies perceive the educational domain, and more specifically how they think […]

Teachers as Early Adopters

As we engage in discussions regarding the integration of technology, arguments inevitably arise. Deliberating how to allocate of funds can be a contentious process. The merits of the multiple positions that one might take with regards to these conversations is not the focus of this post. Instead, I would like to consider the precursor to […]