Does Learning take placedifferently in Online and Blended Classrooms? by Behn C. and Suzi V.
Learning takes place in a differentphysical space.Traditional Classroom Online Learning -Desks/Tables -Home? -Computer Lab -Coffee Shop? -Gymnasium -Public Library? -Science Lab -Wherever there is wifi? -Library
Learning takes place with a differentset of peers Traditional Classroom Online - Classmates -Virtual classmates? - Grade level -No classmates? - Same Age -Peers may be spread - Teacher across countries - SEA -May have multiple teachers and experts in a field - Connected Globally
Learning takes place with differentlearning tools Traditional Classroom Online -Physical Books -Web based apps -Pen and Paper -Video -Some Technology -Games -Library -Mouse (Primary Tool) -Gymnasium -Computer dependent -Finger tips and touch screens
Learning takes place with differentexpectations for behaviour Traditional Classroom Online -Ability to work well with peers in -Ability to self-regulate the classroom -Ability to navigate websites and -Ability to arrive on time and stay document storage devices organized -Ability to e-mail, or use social -Ability to use communication media to communicate with skills, ask questions, and interact teachers and peers with others in appropriate ways -Ability to post and receive feedback in online forums -Cyber-Etiquette
Learning takes place with differentaccess to resources Traditional Classroom Online -Library -www -Some computer based -OERs -Teacher assigned -Accessible whenever -Open from 9am to 3pm you are online -Prezi, Youtube, TED Talks, Wikipedia, Storybird... -Online Libraries, ebooks
Learning takes place with differentlearning activities Traditional Classroom Online -Pen and Paper Tests -Online Tests -Some Computer based -Discussion Boards projects but still based on -Blogs teachers understanding -Podcasts and use of technology -Videos -Lecture -Networked learning -Notes -Research information, -Class/Peer Discussion gather and identify pertinent information -Ongoing collaborative learning -Digital Portfolios
Concept of Online Learning byStephen Downes-Learning is centered around the interests ofthe learner-Learning is immersive - learning by doing-The computer connects the student to therest of the world-Seeing connections between fields, ideas andconcepts.
Theory of Independent StudyCharles Wedemeyer-Focus on the individual rather than the group-Opportunities for everyone to learn-Equity and Access to learning-Self Direction and self-regulation
Theoretical UnderstandingsConnectivist Theory-Learning and working in a networked environment.-Student is at the center of learning with the teacher as aguide or mentor-Independent Learning with a willingness to network withother learners.-Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools weuse define and shape our thinking.
A quote by George Siemens, 2004"Connectivism presents a model of learning thatacknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learningis no longer an internal, individualistic activity. Howpeople work and function is altered when new tools areutilized. The field of education has been slow to recognizeboth the impact of new learning tools and theenvironmental changes in what it means to learn.Connectivism provides insight into learning skills and tasksneeded for learners to flourish in a digital era."
One Final Thought-Traditional vs Online: Learning happens on an individualspectrum. One student may learn better in a traditional,blended, or fully online environment and student successis what needs to be maintained at the heart of thedebate. Not trying to put a value judgement one one vsthe other.-Learning occurs everywhere on the spectrum, what isdifferent is the modality.
References● http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm● http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/the-future-of-online-learning- and-personal-learning-environments● http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Wedemeyer● http://oltd501.weebly.com/10/post/2012/09/charles-wedemeyer- theory-of-independent-study.html● Chapters 1 and 2 in Anderson’s The Theory and Practice of Online Learning: http://www.aupress. ca/books/120146/ebook/99Z_Anderson_2008- Theory_and_Practice_of_Online_Learning.pdf