Group 12 Work


Group Exercise 1:

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Question 1:
By applying the Community of Inquiry framework (Garrison et al.) to online learning environments, what can be done in these categories, or done better, to create a more balanced and robust educational experience?

Answer 1:

Social Presence: the ability to project one’s self and establish personal and purposeful relationships. The three main aspects of social presence are effective communication, open communication and group cohesion.”

  • Remoteness of online makes hard to know each other - some online teambuilding to get to know each other. Social media connection? Some websites allow photosharing. Introduce via YouTube?

  • Talking to each other is different - SKYPE multiparty for small groups.

  • By curating interesting materials via Twitter/TED, people can start to have shared experience that is less artificial. Sir Ken Robinson video - response is a little more authentic than "Hi I'm..." Like reading a controversial NYT article, you want to see what other people say. This is different than trying to replicate our introductions to each other... a different engagement. Thoughtful curated content can bring out something different.

Cognitive Presence: the exploration, construction, resolution and confirmation of understanding through collaboration and reflection in a community of inquiry.

Teacher Presence: the ability to design, facilitate and directly instruct students.

Group Exercise 2:

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Dr. Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer of Kaplan Inc., discusses five "Myths About the Mind" in his article here. Dr. Saxberg is a cognitive scientist with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. At Kaplan Inc., Dr. Saxberg explores the workings of the mind to inform and improve learning environments including online and offline curriculum materials.

Below are the five common misconceptions about how minds work:
  • Your mind is an internal monologue
  • Your mind works like a computer
  • Expert minds just know more things than regular minds do
  • Your mind is like other minds
  • Talent makes things easier

Question 2:
How can online learning be re-imagined to address these myths? What's needed in the online learning environment? What needs to be removed or minimized?

Answer 2: