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David F. Carr
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2/19/2013 | 6:26:21 PM
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This story on simplifying interactive presentations wound up being a sequel of sorts: https://www.informationweek.co...
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2/19/2013 | 1:50:48 AM
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I got a chuckle out of this. When is the last time a professor at a research university actually taught a class themselves? Especially the lower lever undergrad classes that most of these MOOC's etc are geared toward right now.
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2/18/2013 | 9:42:52 PM
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This is a great read and it clearly demonstrates the future of learning along with how classes were taught more traditionally. I happen to attend the number 1 school in the country for Information Studies, and you would be shocked dot learn that they still currently use a paper payroll system. It is not due to the lack of technology, but more the lack of ambition by the current facility and students. I say that to say this, in a place that revolves around technology and teaching cutting edge technology, there is a lack of technology being utilized by staff and students. I believe that any professor or teacher that is not using technology in some form or another in the classrooms is severely limiting the resources that are available to them. I would like professors to at the very least be consistent, if the school you are teaching for has some type of learning interface for you to interact with your students then by all means use it! I attend classes where professors still hand out paper.

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David F. Carr
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2/15/2013 | 9:15:05 PM
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When I mentioned this study to an instructional technology leader at Penn State, one of the things he told me is that it's often the liberal arts professors, rather than those in technical or scientific fields, who make the most imaginative and enthusiastic use of classroom technology.
David F. Carr
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2/13/2013 | 9:06:19 PM
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This just turned up in a Canadian newspaper

The myth of student styles - via @winnipegnews http://shar.es/YJuZy
David F. Carr
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2/12/2013 | 10:58:27 PM
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Interesting. Is that paper easily available online somewhere?
David F. Carr
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2/12/2013 | 6:46:35 PM
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I also enjoyed this comment on the superior compatibility of low-tech solutions

"Printed paper. The student's name is somewhere on the first page. You can start reading it instantly. Unless they really screwed up and used tiny or unreadable fonts, it is compatible with your eyes. Paper size is basically standard, and you can stack up all the papers and keep them together easily. Everybody can spend their time more productively doing better things."

http://news.slashdot.org/comme...
David F. Carr
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2/12/2013 | 6:41:25 PM
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This story generated a good stream of comments over at slashdot, too, including some stories about computer science profs who fail to take advantage of the available technology on their campuses http://news.slashdot.org/story...
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2/12/2013 | 4:30:10 PM
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Unfortunately the concept of different styles of learning is entirely unsupported by current research. This is not to say that learning styles don't exist, just that it's all rather academic, as even if they do exist, we're completely incapable of identify how to differentiate according to them.

Pashler, H.; McDaniel, M.; Rohrer, D.; Bjork, R. (2008). "Learning styles: Concepts and evidence". Psychological Science in the Public Interest 9: 105G119. doi:10.1111/j.1539-6053.2009.01038.x.

David F. Carr
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2/12/2013 | 2:20:38 PM
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BTW, most of the discussion of this differentiated learning stuff seems to be directed at K12, rather than higher ed. But I was just reacting to the argument you seemed to be making about computer based education only being good for rote learning.
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