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The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities May 8, 2010

Posted by mellisarob in Uncategorized.
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The information age is making significant demands on all educators.  Students can no longer be viewed as empty vessels waiting to be filled with information.  The information is available at their finger tips, distributed across a wide network, and is easily accessible.  As an instructional designer, I am therefore challenged to help students use the information productively as they adapt to this rapidly changing knowledge-based society. 

  Internet-based training, otherwise known as elearning, is one of the fastest growing trends in technology.   Preference for this method of learning, in the 21st century, is largely due to the fact that it is convenient, faster, and cheaper.  In addition, cognitive learning is better facilitated on the internet than sitting in front of a lecturer and becoming a sponge – “sucking” in information.  Elearning promotes an environment conducive to learning and is one in which the students learn collaboratively, Lave and Wenger, 1991. Apart from keeping one abreast of elearning events, this blog is a resource centre which presents concepts and tools that will help the instructional designer in his or her field.

We often search for the real reason we, as educators, are unable to reach our clients in a meaningful way in which learning is easy and is therefore seen as fun.  With the advancement of technology, our students are no longer in tuned to the didactic method of chalk and talk.  They are motivated to learn through interactive software.  The instructional designer can get much help by visiting http://blogs.uit.tufts.edu/id/ .  This blog gives a variety of ways in which technology can be incorporated in the teaching-learning process.  The incorporation of technology allows course content in any subject to be improved, enriched and updated from easily accessed sources, Jackson,  Gaudet, McDaniel and Brammer (2009). See Tips for using technology in the classroom .

Too often educators are blamed for the inability of children to learn.  This site, Learning Theory Simplified: Our New Information Centers seeks to include parents, teachers and students in the teaching learning process.  The resources to be accessed include: curriculum, activities, and worksheets. 

 

 

References

Jackson, A. Gaudet, L., McDaniel, L. and Brammer, D. (2009).  Curriculum Integration: The Use Of Technology To Support Learning. Journal of College Teaching and Learning. Littleton. 6(7)

http://sag.sagepub.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/cgi/reprint/40/5/669

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