Designing your learning environment continued

We’ll start to day by watching a short video that reinforces some of the things we talked about with digital natives. If you are interested in contributing to the global discussion, you may consider making a video about tomorrow’s student here

Make up day

Take the time today to finish anything you have not yet completed.  This may mean finishing your classroom layout and description on your website, or any of the other things we’ve turned in so far.  We want to be completely done with all of those assignments so we can move on to the next assignment.


1) Finish your designing a learning environment page on your website.  Follow the directions on Friday’s blog post.

2) Chapter 2 reading guide (also on Friday’s post) is due on Wednesday.  If you did chapter 1, this means you’ll be half-way done with the four that are required. 🙂

3) If you want 3 points extra credit (it may come in handy later) you can attend a lecture by Curtis Bonk, a world-renowned educational technology professor at Indiana University. Just show up and write a one-page paper describing what you learned and how you could apply it to your career.

Topic:        Stretching the Edges of Technology-Enhanced Training: From Tinkering to Tottering to Totally Extreme Learning

Date:         Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Time:         3:00-4:30pm

Location:   Miller Learning Center, Room 214

Abstract:   Some insist. Some resist. Others persist. Such is state of online learning today. But what is highly resistible for some is often passionately irresistible for others. Many are content to tinker with blended forms of learning. They dip their toes into the technology change movement by embedding shared online videos, simulations, timelines, collaborative groups, and open access articles in their courses. Others enter deeper waters and push toward the edges of what is possible. Their classes are teeter-tottering on the brink of transformation. Such instructors hand over the keys to their learners and let them drive for a bit. These risk taking instructors might enjoy reading a learner-designed wikibook, listening to a student generated podcast show, or watching the results of an international video competition. And then there are those who find themselves at the extreme edges of this learning planet. They might tap into virtual explorers, artists, archeologists, and adventurers to excite their learners. It is in such courses that scientific discoveries appear live. Mobile, virtual, and telepresence technologies become the new norm. It is time to stretch toward the edges of learning from those of us tinkering on the shores to those whose learning approaches are tottering in new directions and even landing in totally extreme or alien lands. This talk will showcase examples from all three worlds – the world of the tinkerer, the totterer, and the totally extreme. Which world will you find yourself?

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