This week we are exploring some of the learning theories and the LTHESep12 groups is working in action learning sets studying specific wikipedia pages and editing these so that we increase accuracy. This should happen in advance of the session so it is prep. We are trying to flip the classroom. Will it work? (note to self: we must evaluate this when over and share advantages and challenges)
Plan B: If the above did not happen, the action learning sets will be given 1 hour to complete their investigation around a specific learning theory… and carry out the wikipedia task…
We are then going to put the puzzle pieces together and create a mindmap that captures the main features of the learning theories we explored. Each action learning set will create a large visual representation. This will be their interpretation of this theory and application in own practice.
Three action learning sets, three theories, three mindmaps. Comparing and contrasting will happen next. Not sure exactly how but perhaps through moving the action learning sets across the room and asking them to comment on each other’s mindmaps. But I also think a conversation would be really useful.
Closer to the end of the session, we will invite our students to reflect on these theories and on others they have the opportunity to study and after Mark McQuire shares his experiences with us around open and connected learning, we will invite students to start putting their own learning theory together. (This did not happen as we ran out of time. We suggested for this to happen after the session and setting up this post will help us start formulating our theories). Do we need a theory? Do we need a law? Or a philosophy? Or all of this for good quality learning and teaching?
The plan is to continue the conversation after the session online and Fred Garnett has created a selection of useful resources to extend our thinking into new directions around open learning theories which might help us to start formulating our own theory or law of/for learning as Will said at the end of our session. Please access and study the following resources http://www.xtlearn.net/L/775/14/M and add your comments here to this blog. Fred will be with us online and provide food for thought and also respond to your questions and observations.
We are looking forward to a lively discussion.
Chrissi, Rob, Mark and Fred