#ocTEL Explorer Activity 1.4 What’s the Theory?

Here are five stories about how technology has enhanced learning.

  1. How Eric Mazur brought peer instruction into the lecture theatre using simple ‘clicker’ technology in his lectures – watch Mazur’s 2012 keynote from 18 min 5 sec for about three minutes
  2. How Sugata Mitra designed a physical and social environment around computers so that young children would self-organise and teach themselves new skills through peer interaction and ‘emergent learning’ – watch Mitra’s 2010 keynote
  1. How Stephen Downes and George Siemens pioneered the development of massive open online courses where the participants’ knowledge and understanding is developed and co-created by articulating ‘connectivist’ links between resources and people on the web – watch Howard Rheingold’s interview with George Siemens from1 min 27 sec for 4 minutes 10 secs and from 17 min 47 secs for 1 minute 50 secs
  2. How Margaret Cox and colleagues developed technology that could simulate the tactile and visual experience of drilling a tooth, so that dentistry students can achieve mastery before they are set loose on our teeth – watch the HapTEL video from 25 seconds for four and a half minutes and the HapTEL booklet (PDF)
  3. How Helen Keegan devised a full Augmented Reality Game (ARG) with a fake identity that unsettled her Advanced Multimedia students and gave them a truly vivid experience of the power of social media and digital identity – watch Keegan’s spotlight talk from 12 min 2 sec for 25 minutes

Some of these I was already familiar with but some of them were new to me. That was the case with the Margaret Cox dentistry project which I found to be really interesting – I hate going to the dentist’s and I’m always terrified that it will hurt, so the more and better practice the students can get, the better for me 😉

I’m a great fan of Sugata Mitra’s work and would love to explore that a bit more but I am starting to feel very pushed for time and I am going to have to really start and focus now on what I want to get out of this course and stop allowing myself to be tempted to go off in all different directions and try to do everything. This is especially true as I have a second MOOC starting and the quiet time at work is coming to an end next week. So, back to the Cormier model – Orient, Declare, Network and Focus.

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2 thoughts on “#ocTEL Explorer Activity 1.4 What’s the Theory?

  1. Just came back to the blog after a couple of days of absence … wow, so many things to read and to take in ! Don’t expect any “meaningful” posts from me, but I’ll be following through and learning …

  2. Hi Heide, The main idea of the blog is just to “cluster” all the ideas and resources in one place so that I, and others, can come back when they have time and at least know where to find everything hopefully quickly and easily. How are you doing with Twitter?

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