Literature Review: Professional Learning Networks

This literature review on professional learning networks was created as part of my participation in the graduate course Learning Technologies & Organizations at the George Washington University. Introduction Organizations seeking to leverage the unique skills and knowledge of individual members create communication, collaboration, and information sharing networks. Formal networks let members share knowledge within a secure space […]

Understanding and Creating Professional Learning Networks (Video Abstract)

This video abstract on developing professional learning networks was created as part of my participation in the graduate course Learning Technologies & Organizations at the George Washington University. Hanraets, I., Hulsebosch, J., & de Laat, M. (2011). Experiences of pioneers facilitating teacher networks for professional development. Educational Media International, 48(2), 85-99. doi:10.1080/09523987.2011.576513 O'Brien, M., Varga-Atkins, […]

Understanding "Performance Support" (Infographic)

This infographic on Performance Support was written as part of my participation in the graduate course Learning Technologies & Organizations at the George Washington University. It summarizes chapter 6 of Beyond E-Learning by M. J. Rosenberg on Learning and Performance in the Context of Work. Click for full-sized image.     For the next couple of […]

Interface Design Considerations for 3D and Augmented Virtual Learning Environments

This research paper was written as part of my participation in the graduate course Computer Interface Design for Learning at the George Washington University. Introduction Emerging technologies broaden the range of tools available for users to communicate, create, and access information. Display devices are no longer limited to computer monitors, projectors, speakers, and printers; the keyboard, […]

3D Virtual Learning Environments for Distance Education

This research paper was written as part of my participation in the graduate course Critical Issues in Distance Education at the George Washington University. Introduction 3D Virtual worlds are widely used in gaming and offer richly detailed immersive sensory experiences and, in multi-user scenarios, a means of communication with other users. Used for distance education, […]

Distance Education Annotated Bibliography

I wrote this annotated bibliography as part of my participation in the graduate course Critical Issues in Distance Education at the George Washington University. Annotated Bibliography: Distance Education Use of three-dimensional (3-D) immersive virtual worlds in K-12 and higher education settings: A review of the research Hew, K. F. and Cheung, W. S. (2010), Use […]

Future of Distance Education: Quick Gaze into the Crystal Ball

Distance Education is Where I Am I have been exploring Augmented Reality as a context/system for learning. With ubiquitous internet (information), accessibility of powerful mobile devices (means to access information), and innovations in interaction methods including physical gestures and the ability to use brain activity to control computers (ability to interact with information), learning need […]

Applications of Augmented Reality and Associated Technologies in Teaching and Learning

Introduction   Augmented Reality (AR) is the mid-point on a continuum between the real physical world around us, and the virtual digital world online superimposing information on our sensory experiences as we move through time and space (Milgram, 1994). Viewing physical objects through a mobile’s camera, AR uses image recognition, geo-location, the device’s accelerometer, and online […]

Instructional Design Cartoon Style: Learner and Context Analysis

Instructional design is full of terms for every element of a learning experience. Occasionally I use little sketches to help me visualize and understand these concepts.  Don't use this for studying or as an authoritative source of information on instructional design. This comic illustrates elements of Context Analysis: Learner Analysis Learning Context and Learning Context […]

incidentally...

One thing we lose with targeted searches online compared to the old paper-based encyclopedias is the incidental learning. It's learning about the Roman Emperor Tacitus, looking at pictures of tadpoles, and learning a few words of Tagalog on the way to researching your biography of Maria Taglioni. I too am a little nostalgic about encyclopedias. […]

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