How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School is a very valuable resource that discusses learning and the transfer of knowledge very well. It talks about children and learning, technology that supports learning, how teachers should teach in order to be effective, and many strategies for teaching learning. The article Information processing theory briefly discusses the information processing model, how information is recieved, processed and then retrieved. This resource is good because it is a brief, simple breakdown of the information processing model and what it looks like. The Information Processing Approach to Cognition article discusses the organization of knowledge, how information is processed and stored in three stages, and strategies on how to use the information processing approach in the classroom. This article is very useful because it explains what the information processing model is and how to use it adequately.
After reading the blog 3 Reasons why Students Don’t Participate in Online Discussions I realize that I can relate to the retince student.The lack of motivation is a huge problem with most learners in general but especially adult learners. It is definitely hard trying to work full-time, have a family, and be motivated to do online work as well. I find myself trying to relax my mind so that I can concentrate long enough to read resources and be able to contribute intelligently to the discussion board within my class. This is directly related to reticent students and how they are basically nervous about contributing to online discussions for fear of being wrong. I sometimes struggle with reticence because I have a hard time understanding the information provided in the resources. In order for me to contribute sometimes I try to directly relate the information provided in the resources to my life. I try to understand how the information provided can work for me or if it is not something relatable.This helps me to process the information and make an intelligent conclusion.
The post How-to Encourage Online Learners to take Responsibilty for their Learning, is very informative. It gives details on how online learners should take responsibility of their learning experiences and how institutions post specific guidelines, learner responsibilities, and expectations. Instructors also outline what they expect from the students or their responsibilities. All these things aide in the success of the students. It helps to better prepare them for the courses they will be taking.
Internet Time Blog post I am a designer is a very good source for Instructional Designers. It gives specifics on what is useful for setting up online classrooms, and uses quotes to explain the role of an effective designer. It also gives specifics on what will and won’t work when designing an online classroom. It’s basically a how-to blog that gives guidelines for online learning.
Edublogs is a blog that gives details about how to use edublog and how it compares to other blogs. It also talks about the usefulness of it for a school, and how friendly the community of people that use this resource are.
All three of these blogs will be very useful for me as an Instructional Designer because they all describe and give examples of how an online community or classroom should be set-up to create a positive, conducive environment for learning.