Tools for Creating a Significant Learning Environment

For the past few weeks, I have solely focused on learning and creating significant learning environments. Consequently, my innovation plan has changed from being a blended learning plan to a project-based e-learning extension. The following links provide an in-depth view on how my approach to learning has changed from an analytical viewpoint to a more holistic perspective.

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Creating, Developing, and Maintaining a Growth Mindset

In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D. (2008), starts with the question: “What are the consequences of thinking that your intelligence or personality is something you can develop, as opposed to something that is a fixed, deep-seated trait?” (p. 4). Dweck states that “the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life” (p. 6). So why not view yourself with a growth mindset that is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts (p. 7) instead of with a fixed mindset that limits you from fulfilling your potential? Why not?

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Understanding by Design’s (UbD) Backward Design

Wiggins and McTighe’s (2005) UbD 1-Page Design Template was created for educators to use in the design of units that focus on understanding (p. 21-22). I have applied the first part of L. Dee Fink’s (2003) Learning Outcomes 3-Column Table, Foundational Knowledge, to the UbD  1-Page Design Template. Continue reading “Understanding by Design’s (UbD) Backward Design”

My Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) and Learning Outcomes 3-Column Table

This document more specifically outlines the extension to my innovation plan which I have previously mentioned here. Through my “project-based e-learning” plan, students will have the opportunity to own their learning by collaboratively completing a semester-long project that incorporates the use of 21st century skills to solve a real-world problem or question (see my BHAG below) in a small group.

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Not Just Another Learning Philosophy

What is learning?

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, learning is the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skills by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something (2015). According to me, learning is everything but studying and practicing. I believe learning to be a natural process of deep acquisition and successful application of new knowledge or new skills that takes place within the right content and context.   Continue reading “Not Just Another Learning Philosophy”

Thinking Holistically Through a New Culture of Learning

Part One: A Reflection of D. Thomas and J. S. Brown’s A New Culture of Learning

In the first page, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown address the idea of a new culture of learning through this question: “What happens to learning when we move from the stable infrastructure of the twentieth century to the fluid infrastructure of the twenty-first century, where technology is constantly creating and responding to change?” (Thomas & Brown, 2011, p. 17). Well, you’d have to read the book to find out. But there is one thing I will tell you (and you might have even noticed from their foundational question), Thomas and Brown’s perspective encompass the idea of a holistic approach to learning. Continue reading “Thinking Holistically Through a New Culture of Learning”