504: Reflections on Constructivism

July 12, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

Technology-based learning has changed rapidly in the last several years. In the 21st century, Internet access has penetrated every major city, and brought degrees of collaboration and communication that 20 years ago would have been impossible. Our civilization has been transformed into a networked world. During this time, when technology is growing by leaps and […]


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504: How Complex Is Your Learning Environment?

July 5, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

In one study, it was shown that rats who grow up in complex environments acquired an increased capacity to learn (Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 1999). A “complex environment” involves different tasks to perform at frequent intervals, new situations presented every day, and ultimately a rich set of experiences from which to draw information. Compared to […]


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504: Behaviorism: Not As Dead As Previously Thought

June 28, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

It’s interesting how the situation in which you learn plays a part in the process. I learned all about behaviorism, cognitivism, and to some extent constructivism in undergrad school, and was it ever boring! I instantly shoved that knowledge in the “Save this until the final exam then purge it” section of my brain. Granted, […]


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504: Reflections on Theory and Knowledge

June 21, 2010 Justin Miscellaneous

I’ve been reading about theories of knowledge and learning, and it’s been a sometimes frustrating but mostly intriguing experience. I have to admit, I’ve never been good with theories. Not because I don’t like to think, but because I don’t think my cognitive faculties are as elevated as the great thinkers I should be appreciating. […]


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