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LTCA framework

The Learning and Teaching as Communicative Actions Theory (LTCA) is a framework building on the works of Habermas.  This theory "seeks to improve human communication towards instructional and learning goals" (Wakefield, Warren, Alsobrook, 2011, p. 568).  The four communicative actions...

Incommensurability, Technology Ethics

The dominating assumption of epistemology is that to be rational, to be fully human…..we need to be able to find agreement with other human beings—Rorty Incommensurability no common measure--http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/incommensurability/ Incommensurability is the idea that it is possible to see the world in...

Three views

The three world views/truths/hypotheses are: mechanism, organicism, and contextualism.  The Prawat and Floden article focuses on contextualism, and they feel that this is the best rationale for social constructivism.  It is stated that social constructivists agree that knowledge is a...

Metacognition and Empiricism

Learning strategies have been neglected in teaching, according to Bonner. This statement is a point that still stands out after reading this article a week ago.  Outlining what is read is a learning strategy.  Schemata or “how knowledge is represented...

Social Science and Learning Defined

In the introduction Bernstein discusses the purpose of the book - to argue that the study of society - or social science - is in fact a science worthy of its name, just as natural science is a true science....

Learning and Media

Three positions on learning are behavioral, cognitive, and constructivist.  The Etmer article discusses the need to bridge basic learning research and educational practice.  The approach a designer chooses can vary and the importance of understanding the different approach or position...

Storytelling and Comprehending

Narrative discourse has always been important for philosophy.  Story telling is something every philosopher uses, in some form,  for rationalization.  The Bernstein reading aims to discover the response to a confusing or disturbing situation.  Reason is mentioned as associated to...

Practice more…

This week I am struggling with pinning down directions and communications within the online classroom.  I find many questions answered, but in several areas.  I find instructions on the syllabus (paper version) and in the online classroom.  I jump back...

Thinking must be practiced

“We need to make a break with the past; we need to forget in order to get on with the serious endeavor of philosophizing.”I have not taken a “formal” philosophy course.  I have been exposed to philosophy, and the Bernstein...

Week 10

This is my first official training in instructional design.  This course has given me the tried and true tools to develop a solid product.  I was using a similar method before, but the process or steps were not in the...

Week 9 Blog Reflection

To design instruction is to use specific tools to develop an educational or training plan.  This plan can develop into a small project or a full course.  The process requires some formal training to be successful.  Once the ADDIE model...

Week 8 Free Form

The readings on usability peaked my interest in user-centered design again. I took a course in information architecture last fall and Jakob Nielsen was a familiar name and reference throughout the course.  Users are the core to many design projects. ...