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What theories could be used to explain these phenomena, and how can social/psychological models better our understanding of how people learn when their communication, relationships and learning are mediated through technology? I plan to explore several of the older social science theories, and compare and contrast these with some of the newer, emerging theories to determine what they offer. How many people read an article in a closed journal?

Reaching further

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This is number 4 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. Yesterday we examined the work of Albert Bandura on social learning theory. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the original works. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 17(2), 89-100.

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Engaging online learners 1

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1995) Social presence theory and implications for interaction and collaborative learning in computer conferences. International Journal of Educational Technologies , 1 (2/3), 147-166. 2009) Destructive creativity on the social web.

Engaging online learners 3

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Photo by Steve Wheeler In previous posts here and also here , I wrote about how to engage learners in online collaborative writing. 1995) Social presence theory and implications for interaction and collaborative learning in computer conferences.

Engaging online learners 2

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Photo from Pxhere In my previous blog post I remarked that engaging learners can be difficult in any context, but is often harder in online environments. I also mentioned a very useful model that promotes creative, collaboration online writing.

Future skills #metalearning

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Photo by Steve Wheeler Lately, I'm asked to speak on this subject more than any other. There is a connection here also to the theory of heutagogy , which in Blaschke et al's terms, places the learner at the centre, as 'the primary driver of the learning process and experience.' British Journal of Educational Psychology , 55, 185-212.

#LearningIs symbolic

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Some people display framed certificates on their walls, or photos of their degree ceremony. Many keep libraries of books, journals and other media on their shelves, used for reference to remind them of theories, principles or methods they wish to recall. Photo by Juliette Culver on Flickr #LearningIs symbolic by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Instagram, WhatsApp and Learning

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Here's an excerpt from the article, published in the open access journal Future Internet. Learning is essentially a social activity, where people scaffold and extend each other’s knowledge gain [ 54 ], but in recent years, new theories have emerged to explain distributed forms of learning that have been made possible through mobile technology and social media. Another emerging theory relates to the increasing mutability of knowledge in the digital age.

Teacher beliefs

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Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 22, 453-474. 1992) Accessibility and stability of predictors in the theory of planned behaviour. Journal of Personality and Social Behaviour , 63 (5), 754-765. Photo by Steve Wheeler Teacher beliefs by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 How can we promote successful change in education?

#3quotes from Bruner

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Photo by Crabchick on Flickr In my #3quotes series I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas and theories in context. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 17(2), 89-100. 3quotes from Bruner by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Through a child's eyes

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It could be argued that these findings support Vygotskiian social constructivist theory (Zone of Proximal Development - Vygotsky 1978) over Piagetian cognitive constructivist theory, confirming to those who adhere to ZPD theory, that human brains are naturally wired to learn better in social contexts. She advocates doing and making, rather than receiving instruction as the best way for students to excel, especially in creative areas of learning.

Blogging: Five of the best

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Photo by Florian Klauer on unsplash I have been privileged over the past few years to have garnered a good audience for my writing. I haven't given up on peer reviewed publishing, but I have turned away from closed journals and publications toward openness and accessibility. All this has been possible because they are all labelled as Creative Commons with a repurpose licence. Learning Theories For The Digital Age (>22,000 views) Reference Lessig, L.

An audience with.

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These are theories that guide many educators today. Mindful of these theories, I have recently been working alongside students to encourage them to write for an audience. They improved their academic writing skills by concentrating on better sentence construction, grammatical accuracy, critical articulation of theory, ensuring that their referencing was accurate and the avoidance of plagiarism. Photo by ClintJCL An audience with.

Scaffolds and spirals

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Bruner was one of the founding fathers of the theory of social constructivism, an approach that pervades many of the daily activities in schools across the world. His first contribution was an extension of Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development theory. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 17 (2), 89-100. If you're a psychologist, an educational researcher, or a teacher, you have almost certainly quoted him at some point in your career.

Interview with Terry Anderson

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He is one of the pioneers of online and distance learning, and currently serves as the editor of the influential online open access journal International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning ( IRRODL ). He had done a fairly extensive study that extracted the 15 major research themes from the major international, peer reviewed journals in distance education.