Hello.  Welcome to my research hub.  I am an eLearning professional with a particular interest in storytelling, education and technology. I find quite a few of my articles through ScoopIt and repost them here, in large part for my own tracking.  This year I am working toward developing more original posts stemming from what I am learning in my graduate work, at conferences and in my work.  My first series will be a recount of the conferences I have been to in the past year.  Thank you for visiting!

How Technology Enables Blended Learning

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School districts are flipping education on its head with mobile and online teaching tools.


Patricia Stitson‘s insight:

I would like to have the bandwidth to be able to interview and follow students that are experiencing these similar yet diverse approaches to implementation.  What cultural story about education is being told in each of these schools?   What can forward thinking T & D departments learn from it?


See on www.edtechmagazine.com

How Storytelling reveals Homelessness Realities

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One nonprofit is dedicated to changing the way we think about people experiencing homelessness through storytelling. This vlog project gives the homeles…


Patricia Stitson‘s insight:

I have a special interest in how community storytelling is in fact a powerful educational tool that can create micro change. 

 

This man, drawing from his own experience, is choosing to document the least listened to humans in our county.  These stories are reaching thousands of eyes and ears through Twitter.  The awareness he is bringing is galvanizing communities to take care of their own. 

 

Interesting read.  @home


See on thirdsectortoday.com

What Is Digital Pedagogy?

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Entering a classroom, we think first about its walls. We think about where the desks sit. Where we will stand. Whether there are windows, where the doors are, how the chalkboard, whiteboard, or ove…


Patricia Stitson‘s insight:

Speaking of storytelling…speaking of engaging learners…speaking of possibility.  Seth Godin – I ask when we learned as tribes was it within walls? No.  So if your followers have children how do they learn? Within walls? Doubt it.


See on learning.instructure.com

What Is Digital Pedagogy?

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Entering a classroom, we think first about its walls. We think about where the desks sit. Where we will stand. Whether there are windows, where the doors are, how the chalkboard, whiteboard, or ove…


Patricia Stitson‘s insight:

Speaking of storytelling…speaking of engaging learners…speaking of possibility.  Seth Godin – I ask when we learned as tribes was it within walls? No.  So if your followers have children how do they learn? Within walls? Doubt it.


See on learning.instructure.com

Is lecture capture the worst educational technology? | Mark Smithers

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Is lecture capture the single worst example of poor educational technology use in higher education? Many institutions seem to be completely obsessed


Patricia Stitson‘s insight:

Is this true of all video based learning? Not just the massive lecture?  When is video learning appropriate and when is it just a way to celebrate the ‘sage on the stage’ and who decides?

 

I need to further research if there is a formal pedagogy in existence that helps with discovering that line in the sand.


See on www.masmithers.com

Are We Solving For the Wrong Problems? – Disenthrall

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We tackle problems every day. Different people solve problems differently. Some tackle them head on, some take a step back and ponder, and some simply react with the first solution that pops into their head. None of these approaches are always right and none of these are always wrong. Different problems call for …


Patricia Stitson‘s insight:

As a coach for many years I was constantly faced with trying to sort out what the underlying cause was when i student hit a proverbial ‘brick wall’.  Sure we could have drilled and drilled at a particular exercise until it ‘sunk in’ but that usually just resulted in a bored and annoyed student whose morale was waning.  Often we had to take a step back to a place of success and build from there, or take a deeper look at what thought, idea, belief or even emotion was more or less blocking the learning. 

 

Similar to what is pointed out in this article, this process helped the student find their way back through all the minor failures and challenges to the original objective and empowered them to start to formulate their own strategy for getting there.  This empowerment is crucial to successful self-inspired learning.

 


See on disenthrall.co

Joe’s Digital Diner

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The Center for Digital Storytelling celebrates its 20th anniversary with a free event at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The event will feature a discussion with an expert panel and selected digital stories spanning the past 20 years.


Patricia Stitson‘s insight:

I wish I could attend this and meet the pioneers of digital media.  I am hoping that they capture this event on video and make it available to the public post-event.  The work of these folks has been inspirational to me.  Telling and sharing stories about personal experience is a special type of educational activity that I think is sorely underestimated and under utilized. 


See on storycenter.org

The Other Brian Whitmer: Instructional Design is Not Interface Design

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Patricia Stitson‘s insight:

This same issue has surfaced with my work lately. 

 

For me I am faced with the question of where to strike a balance between interface design that will not DETER the learner from the experience but rather lure them in without confusing them.  Some of the audience I am working with are more mature and thus are not digital natives.  Unlike a millennial that spend lots of time gaming, this demographic is not going to be interested in a challenge of find what rock the nugget of info (gold) is under.  At the same time how do I bump it past boring flat presentation, possibly a bit of assessment type exercises and some forum posting.  Like Brian points out,

 

"It’s not about forcing a learner to post at least once in the discussion board in order to get a grade, but it should be about exposing them to the experiences they mightn’t pursue on their own that will help them deepen or solidify their understanding. Maybe in a perfect world all learners would see this as part of their successful learning workflow, in which case you could fall back to arguing that instructional design and interface design have the same goal, but that’s not the case today."

 

Is this semantics or schematics?  How do we reach towards this when bespoke elearning is not quite there yet?  My thought is that you need to try to embed teaching how a ________(insert noun) needs to think in teaching the skills/understanding of what they need to think about and learn.  Ie, Recently on a NPR story about bee keeping I heard a woman exclaim, you have to learn how to think like a bee…not just about how to be a bee keeper!  Now that really brings some fun elearning to my mind.


See on brianwhitmer.blogspot.com

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