The Eide Neurolearning Blog has an interesting post on autobiographical memory. It seems to me that the best way to tap its power from the perspective of online learning is through discovery learning adventure games. Check out, for example, this great little action maze that teaches emergency first aid best practices. It was created using […]
Thanks to George Siemens for calling my attention to a great blog called Eide Neurolearning. Lots of good stuff here about how our brains work.
In my last post, I agreed with Stephen Downes that we have to be careful not to take our analogies too literally and specifically pointed out flaws in the “learning-object-as-software-object” analogy. Sometimes the best way to make sure an analogy doesn’t get too deeply rooted is to counter it with another analogy that causes just […]
Yesterday, Stephen Downes replied to my most recent post on educational pattern languages: Michael Feldstein is on the right track, mostly, with his exploration of the applicability of pettern language to learning. In this brief item, he asks, “Can we deduce sort of generative grammar of educational experience that enables us to string together these […]
This piece [PDF] from the Learning Research Centre is one of the finest educational research articles I have read in a long time. To begin with, their literature review of the research to-date is superb. They break down each major theoretical school with its strengths and weaknesses, as well as weaknesses in research and methodology. […]
You’ll get even more mileage from Amy Gahran’s must-read series on the seven styles of blog posts if you consider it in conjunction with the site usability findings of the Eyetrack III project. For example, the study found that pages with large headline font sizes relative to the article text encourage scanning and discourage careful […]
The Eyetrack III project has has conducted a valuable study on information recall when the identical information is presented through text or multimedia. (Despite the word “comprehension” in their article title, they really are testing recall.) The piece is worth reading in its entirety, as is the entire site, but here’s what I infer from […]