Week 2 – Decoding Learning

This week we were asked to read this text, I thought it was very interesting a worth doing a summary for. By summarizing it in my blog I will be able to remember it for future use!

The following are some notes from the Decoding Learning Report that I found to be useful:

Learning From Experts

  • Tutorial – dialogue between learners and teachers. Bloom suggested that one-to-one teaching is the most effective way to learn.
  • Exposition – the structure and presentation of learning material.
  • Learners may require the support of their educators to interpret such ideas and convert such information into knowledge.

Learning From Others

  • Collaborative dimension – tools which help learners develop mutual understanding.
  • Networked dimension –  tools that help learners interact.
  • Participative dimension –  tools that helps learners to develop a strong community of knowledge.
  • Performative dimension – tools that allow the outcomes of collaborative learning to be shared with others.

Learning Through Making

  • Learners must construct their own understandings: they must create something they can share with others.
  • ICTs can bring constructionism ALIVE.

Learning Through Exploring

  • Learning are given freedom to act: they need to regulate their own actions.
  • ICTs can provide new and engaging ways to explore information.

Learning Through Inquiry

  • Learning through inquiry includes learning with simulation, case-based learning, problem-focused learning and scripted inquiry.
  • Inquiry based learning is seen as one way of enabling learners to think critically and participate in evidence-based debates.
  • Enthusiasm for tech-supported inquiry is high.

Learning Through Practicing

  • By practicing their skills, learning are able to build solid foundation of knowledge that can be used within other contexts.
  • Games are often used as a method of encouraging learners to practice.

Learning From Assessment

  • Includes –  combining data, captured through a variety of digital tools, with learning analytics appear to offer great promise for assessment. As well as, using social networks and read-write technologies that can facilitate peer, collaborative and self-guided learning.

Learning In And Across Settings

  • Context of learning – determines the quality of learning.
  • ICTs can assist learners to apply and transfer learning from one setting to another. An example of this is – a lesson in the classroom room, to petting the dog at home.
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