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Week 2: Will Media Influence Learning? Framing the Debate
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INTRODUCE YOURSELF. Please provide us with a brief description of your educational background, current or recent role/job, PhD program title, research interest and career goals (e.g., why are you getting a PhD? What do you hope to develop expertise in? Future job aspirations?). Finally, please tell us 2 topics that you are interested in relevant to this course and 2 things you hope to get out of the course. (Don't worry about going over the word limit for this post ;-)
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Thirty years ago, Richard Clark published an article in one of our field’s top journals, arguing that there were “no learning benefits” from media. The article sparked widespread attention, heated arguments and bitter contention. Almost a decade later, Robert Kozma, publishing in that same journal argued the opposite. We ground ourselves in the key points and dimensions of this historical debate that has shaped our field and continues to frame our exploration into the contemporary landscape of mind, media, learning and society. If your last name begins with A-G, assume the role of Richard Clark. What are Clark’s central points about the impact of media and attributes of media on learning, motivation and instruction? Which of his points do you find most convincing or irrefutable and why? Respond to your peer(s) who played the opposite role. If your last name begins with H-Z, assume the role of Robert Kozma. What are Kozma’s central points about the conditions under which media will influence learning? Which of his points do you find most convincing or irrefutable and why? Respond to your peer(s) who played the opposite role.
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3 months ago parkje13
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Consider the Clark and Kozma debate. Now, putting aside your assigned role, what do you believe based on your reading of their arguments and evidence presented. Will or does media influence learning? (As you explain your answer think about what conditions or factors or contexts or questions we need to consider in trying to address this question in our course).
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3 months ago parkje13
Week 4: Defining Social Media & Learning
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What aspects of social media (initially termed ‘Web 2.0’) do you think offer affordances for, or could be supportive of, learning in certain contexts? Why do you think that? First, start by explaining your theory of learning (e.g., constructivism, behaviorism, constructionism, activity theory, etc. There are MANY theories of learning from which you can choose). Next, consider how the technology’s affordances, on the one hand, and the theory of learning you hope to facilitate or enact, on the other hand, could be synergistic, or mutually support each other. You should also choose a SPECIFIC social media to bound your answer (e.g., social network sites, microblogging services, wikis, video-sharing sites, photo-sharing sites, blogs, etc.). The optional readings by Carr and Shirky may also help with this question, although not necessarily based on the social media and learning theory you choose.
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2 months ago parkje13
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Think of your own experiences in using social media. Grounded in the readings: 1) define the space – what made it social media (i.e., provide support from the readings in your definition); 2) how would you characterize your practices or activities in this space (i.e., what did you do there, with whom, for what purposes?); and 3) how did your participation in the space facilitate your ‘learning,’ if at all, or hinder it?
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2 months ago parkje13
Week 6: Research on Social Network Sites, Microblogs & Learning
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Researchers have warned against exploiting social network sites, like Facebook, for learning based on findings related to cognitive and social issues. Other scholars have argued the opposite. Consider this week’s set of readings in the educational research literature. Argue your position (for or against) use of social network sites OR microblogs for learning and/or educational purposes using these readings. Ground your claims in evidence from the readings, with citations and page numbers. Anticipate others’ counter-arguments in your response.
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Consider the Junco and Ellison readings. Which article’s argument do you find most compelling? What technique(s) does the author use to persuade you of the importance and/or reliability and/or truthfulness and/or accuracy and/or practical impact of his or her findings? You don’t have to address all of these points in your answer but pick at least 2.
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Week 8: Social writing, literacies and scholarship
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Drawing on your reading of Greenhow & Gleason (2014) and articles that highlight modern literacy debates (e.g., Rich, Mills), what ‘literacies’ do you feel scholar-teachers like you need to develop to work in modern day work environments? Why do you feel these literacies are important? (Your post/response can be in text or a link to video).
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1 month ago gangopa5
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As you reflect on these readings, what issues do they raise for educational researchers to consider in exploring mind, media, and learning/literacy(ies)? Provide evidence from at least one reading to support your stated research agenda. Feel free to also draw on the “optional” or “supplemental” readings and/or other articles or studies with which you may be familiar or interested (e.g., critical media literacies, digital literacies for teachers or for young children, digital citizenship literacies, etc.). Feel free to post or respond in text or video.
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Week 10: Facilitating Learning with Social Media
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OPTION 1: Imagine that you have been asked by the head of an educational organization (e.g., high school, college, youth program, teacher professional development program, etc.) to present a proposal for enhancing students’ learning by adding a social media component. (Students could be high school students, undergraduates, pre-service teachers, practicing teachers, etc.). Drawing on theory and relevant research: 1) present a realistic recommendation FOR adding social media to the learning environment; 2) discuss the role of the instructor in implementing this vision, including the learning and/or teaching objective and the kinds of pedagogies or teaching methods and/or pedagogical beliefs and attitudes that are needed. Be sure to ground your recommendations in this week’s readings, but you may also bring in other readings from this course or outside it. Please specify the course, grade, age of learners and other factors you think are relevant to your recommendations. OPTION 2: You may choose to REVERSE this question and present a recommendation AGAINST adding social media to a learning environment from the teacher’s perspective. Be sure to address #1 and #2 above with evidence from the readings and provide enough details about the factors (course, grade, age, etc.) that are relevant to your recommendation. Please choose at least 2 readings within the “Facilitating Learning with Social Media” list to substantiate your ideas. These can be articles related to teaching in K-12 or higher education or teaching adults. Please also incorporate at least 1 reading from the “Optional” readings under this topic or the “Supplemental” readings list.
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Week 12: Media Policy & Putting it All Together
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Review the readings for this week. Considering social media in society more broadly, where would you focus our efforts on the (educational) policy front - that is, what more is needed from your perspective? What ideas in what you read did you find most compelling and why?
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