Episode 56


Duration 00:17:23      Recorded on January 27, 2009

In this episode Susan and Dan break down theoretical "edulingo" to help make sense of the mumbo-jumbo related to teaching, sometimes intimidating to those who come as subject matter experts.

Show Notes:

In this episode Susan and Dan break down theoretical 'edulingo' to help make sense of the mumbo-jumbo related to teaching, sometimes intimidating to those who come as subject matter experts.

Pedagogy - art and science of teaching, often referring to the instructional strategies. Usually found in K12 talk because of the ped root (children). Associated with traditional presentational strategies.

Andragogy - and adult education term coined by Malcolm Knowles that follows principles: adults are self-directed and can have input into their learning goals and methods; adults want immediate application and relevance; adults enjoy problem centered tasks; adults have life experience to tap into.

Face to face this means you should organize learning to ask 'why do I care' and give adults opportunities to select projects they want to work on. Tie into motivation. Dialogue. That doesn't change a lot of you move online, you just have different tools. It may be easier online to build in opportunities

Heutogogy - not just self-directed learning, but self-determined learning. We don't know where this term came from! The learner takes even more responsibility and determining what aspect of a content area he or she wants to investigate. Dan explains double loop learning and where that fits. It is similar to Transformative Learning from Mezirow in looking critically at your underlying beliefs and values and eventually moving toward change.

A practical example is the professional development program for learning managers in corporate training, 20 week program where the students determine projects and structure. Susan questions how that would work if in the credit-world. Dan reminds us of the ethical considerations when we allow students to be self-determining.

Constructivism - a social theory where class as a group constructs its understanding of principles and phenomenon and leaves artifacts in the way of discussions or projects. This assumes interaction. A common model for online learning using discussion forums. A little trickier in face to face when it comes to artifacts. Group work is the obvious application.

Connectivism - coined by George Siemens, start with constructivism but recognize how knowledge and learners are connected like a network. The learner is simply a node in the network and could connect with experts or content to construct a deeper understanding of whatever is being studied.

Dan's epiphany: some of the tasks we have assumed were learning tasks (storage and retrieval of info) are now done by computers and we need to take that into account. We need information that we don't have in a fast changing environment. Because of the short shelf life of knowledge, part of the learning process is learning how to make the connections.

Susan reminds us that we all have to tolerate ambiguity. Think about how we teach so our students can be more flexible in their futures. Dan liked a description of capable people: A capable person is one who has the ability to use competencies in novel as well as familiar situations and work with others. <http://ultibase.rmit.edu.au/Articles/dec00/hase2.htm>

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The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


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