Create a Constructivist Online Learning Environment

Constructivist Learning Environments In a constructivist learning environment, the educator needs to allow the learner to develop and learn, ideally allowing progression suited to the individual. The content will have to be incorporated into lesson plans and intended learning outcomes to scaffold learning. Integrating varied theoretical approaches to assist and encourage learning is key. The facilitator will…

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Pomodoro Technique: Study Skills

Pomodoro Technique: “The Pomodoro Technique® is a time-management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The technique uses a timer (originally a tomato-shaped kitchen timer) to break work into 25-minute intervals of focused work, each interval followed by a short break” (Oakley & Sejnowski, 2016). Pomodoro: ‘Pomodoro’ is Italian for tomato. Study Time Aim: To…

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Digital Badges

Learning now happens everywhere, so how can we recognise this learning? One option is to receive digital badges for completion of learning tasks. Earn for online skills, completing modules or engaging in a community. Digital Badges Think back to your childhood, you may have been a scout or guide and been awarded a badge for attaining…

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Heutagogy & Nursing

What is Heutagogy? So we have pedagogy (learning in children) and andragogy (learning in adults). The third gogy is heutagogy (Greek for ‘self‘) which is self-determined learning and places the emphasis of learning on the learner, moving away from the traditional teacher/lecturer role as the focal point. Defined by Hase and Kenyon (2000) as “the study of self-determined learning”,…

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Phenomenographic & Variation Theory

Phenomenographic & Variation Theory The phenomenological perspective is based around understanding the experiences of others, for example a teacher gaining an understanding of the student’s perspective of a particular lesson. Basing this approach around the individual’s perspective, continual evolvement occurs in the different learning experiences we participate in (Marton, 1981). The same educational content could…

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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Book Club)

Book Club: Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make It Stick. Harvard University Press. [Goodreads blurb] The Authors  The Storyteller: Brown, P. C. The Cognitive Scientists: Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. Aim: To identify and understand how learning and memory work. “People generally are going about learning in the wrong…

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Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development

Vygotsky’s “Zone of proximal development” describes how the learner moves cognitively from potential to actual development (a constructivism theory). What the learner cannot do. What the leaner can do with guidance. What the learner can do. This type of learning can only be facilitated through guidance and support (Moll, 2013). “Vygotsky’s social constructivism is an…

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Piaget:Constructivism & Cognitivist Perspective

Constructivism & Cognitivist Perspective Considered one of the most prominent and prolific constructivists, Jean Piaget developed the theory of cognitive development around the premise that thoughts, memory, past experience, problem solving and processing information all influence the learner (Doolittle and Hicks, 2012).  Piaget’s four stages of cognitive development changed the education paradigm from a traditional…

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Radical Constructivism & Ernst von Glasersfeld

Radical Constructivism is? Information is not simply transferred from one person to another, and passed from teacher to student. The learning experience is down to the individual building knowledge and their subjective interpretation of this experience. The individual constructs knowledge, understanding and links this with their own experiences and ideas – the constructivism part. von Glasersfeld (1989) writes…

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Fish & Chunks: Chunking Theory

Is it 3, 4, 5, 7 or 9? That is the number of spaces (or slots) we have for our working short term memory. Or is it different for everyone depending on prior knowledge, intellect, workload, stress or the topic being studied? No matter the number, this neuroscience theory believes we have to find a…

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