Our Mission Statement...

Our Mission Statement...

We will be discussing the various ways technology in the form of social media and other online capacities can be used in the elementary and secondary classroom. Our aim is to explore how using these methods in the classroom can allow for a new emerging relationship between teachers and students. A relationship based on the collaborative gathering of information and community building. We will be looking at our own areas of interest and how new technologies can be incorporated into our own teaching methodologies and how learning theories apply to online learning. We hope that you find the information contained within this blog useful and helpful in creating strategic approaches to effective implementation of online learning. Our goal is to also share and discuss the opportunities and challenges we might face in using current technologies in learning and while expliring future opportunities and areas of growth.

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Created by: Bavina, Candida, Roshni, Safia and Sasha - May 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Anderson's model of Online Learning

In reading this article, my first reaction was overwhelming because my mind was going a mile a minute in trying to determine what's there, how it works and what missing pieces there are.
One aspect that we've talked about in this course happens to be the concept of independent, self directed learning which isn't mentioned a great deal in the article.  It might apply more to the Adult learning environment than it does in basic, elementary  I am all for collaboration and think that it's quite valuable in the sense that we often don't have that type of interaction in our everyday lives.   Furthermore, Anderson's article focus on the learning triangle and his extension of the learning triangle provides great insight into the direction of creating a pedagogy of online learning however it's just as broad in depth and it is deep rooted in many if not too many concepts.  It also leaves a great room for guessing though which is another reason for the feelings I have in identifying what's missing.  

I found the following source that speaks to Self-Directed learning as it compares to Teacher directed and found that there's many elements of SOL that resonate with the online learning environment and could be included in Anderson's model where he speaks to the relationship between Teacher/Student as it relates to their relationship with the content.

Source: http://team6.metiri.wikispaces.net/file/view/Self-Directed+Learning+-+Malcom+Knowles.pdf