The Pedagogy of Learning Design: Crafting Optimal e-Learning Spaces with Teaching Presence

InSync Training

This is the third post in a series of five titled The Pedagogy of Learning Design by Phylise H. To read the first in the series, click here: The Pedagogy of Learning Design: A Translation of Pedagogies. Let''s have a look at what teaching presence is, and how direct instruction and facilitation play a role in crafting optimal e-Learning spaces. Design Pedagogy

The Pedagogy of Learning Design: Creating Learning Communities with Social Presence

InSync Training

This is the second post in a series of five titled The Pedagogy of Learning Design by Phylise H. To read the first in the series click here: The Pedagogy of Learning Design: A Translation of Pedagogies. Let’s have a look at how social presence guides the design and development of learning spaces where emotional expression, open communication, and group cohesion come into play! Creating Learning Communities with Social Presence.


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Pedagogy of Learning Design: Fostering Critical Thinking Skills with Cognitive Presence

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In this post we''ll explore cognitive presence and roles we play on the critical inquiry path leading toward higher levels of learning. In the previous blog post, The Pedagogy of Learning Design: Crafting Optimal E-Learning Spaces with Teaching Presence , we explored teaching presence - the design, development, management, facilitation, and direction within the learning space. Pedagogy

New pedagogies?

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Most new technologies, particularly handheld devices, lend themselves more to student led learning than they do to teacher led education. We need a new set of pedagogies (and we also need to know how these can be supported with theory) if we are to maximise the impact of technology on education. In my 2015 book I wrote about ' new wine ' (technology) being forced into 'old wineskins' (conservative learning spaces and ideas) and warned of the inevitable failures.

Learning spaces of the third kind

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The first kind of space was highly organised. In these 'class' rooms, our students gathered, seated in rows, facing toward a single part of the space - the front. Next came the second kind of space - rooms where people could face in more than one direction. They were able to create their own projects, learning together with the teacher acting as a facilitator. The third kind of space is still emerging. This third kind of space is no longer confined to a room.

Self organised learning spaces

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I only provide them with the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert Einstein The social web is replete with self-organising spaces. Us and an army of similar minded volunteers who love learning, and want to share their knowledge. And that should give all of use some clues as to how to facilitate self-organising learning spaces. Yet many academics and teachers struggle with the concept of self-organised learning. "I never teach my students.

Communities, spaces and pedagogies for the digital age

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Communities, spaces and pedagogies for the digital age View more presentations from Steve Wheeler. I enjoyed a very interesting and stimulating day at Colchester Institute yesterday, where I gave two workshops for staff entitled: Communities, spaces and pedagogies for the digital age. We explored the notion of changing pedagogies - now here is an area that is particularly contentious. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Bear pit pedagogy

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In other words, we enable digital and physical learning spaces in which they can freely explore ideas, argue with each other (and us) over concepts and theories and in so doing, develop their reasoning and thinking skills. We encourage them to develop their own Personal/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) so they can lock into and exploit the vast communities of practice that already exist out there in the rapidly expanding Blogosphere and Twitterverse.

Embodiment Online


As the pandemic continues in various forms and contexts, it is clear educators will be moving in and out of learning spaces online, in the classroom/studio, in hybrid forms, but likely without proximity or touch as a teaching and learning modality.

What do online educators need?

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Correspondence course, radio, television, video, the Web, computers and smart phones - each in turn has been harnessed to reach students for education that are traditionally outside of the traditional learning space. I also mentioned in my last post that I had been involved in a very large school distance education project where teachers were expected to use new technologies to extend their traditional classrooms into non-traditional learning spaces across geographical distance.

Personal devices in higher education

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Here are some of my recent thoughts on learning spaces at universities, and the impact of student owned personal technologies: As the shift from location specific learning to untethered learning gathers pace, so the personal device gains increasing importance. Distributed forms of learning are burgeoning, and geographical distance between learners and their parent institutions is less of a problem. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

Why online learning is better than in-person learning


Deviations from traditional learning models are often met with resistance, while introducing new technologies or methods often rely on systemic change. Despite challenges, online learning is making tremendous progress when it comes to infiltrating all pillars of education, from corporate learning, to higher education, to K-12 schooling. If you’re considering moving to online learning solutions, it’s important to know why. Society is digital, so learning should be, too.

I store my knowledge with my friends

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I'm at Colchester Institute on Friday to present a workshop entitled: Communities, Spaces and Pedagogies for the Digital Age. It's for a Learning and Teaching development day the Institute is holding where they will explore the theme of Transformational Learning and Teaching. I have spoken several times on transformation learning, and a few years ago actually brought out a book about the transformational power of ICT in education.

Going to the wall

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In a previous post entitled Learning spaces of the third kind I outlined a project to establish an experimental learning space. It's called the eXSpace and will be a showcase for a range of new and emerging technologies, a place to study new pedagogies and a sandpit to try out new ideas and methods. The caveat here, is that if you invite your students to use the SMARTboard, you should first decide on what particular pedagogy you are applying.

A growing divide?

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In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S. Christian claims that a new pedagogy is emerging that is directly driven by the upsurge in online activity. Christian identifies three key changes in pedagogy that I want to discuss over my next three blog posts. The first, he describes as "A move to opening up learning, making it more accessible and flexible. The classroom is no longer the unique centre of learning, based on information delivery through a lecture."

History Need Not Repeat

CLO Magazine

So began millennia of skepticism about technology helping to improve learning. Those of us who are developing new technologies to extend educational opportunities around the world do our best to learn from these failures. But we’ve also gleaned some important lessons from our time in the digital learning space. The first lesson is that pedagogy matters more than technology. In the end, we learned that a short attention span is not a millennial thing.

Teacher voices

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To me, my former students - now qualified teachers - are extraordinary, because they have entered the volatile and ever changing teaching profession as visionaries - people who want to make a significant difference in children's lives, inspiring them to learn and reach further. They achieve this through innovative pedagogies, creating great learning spaces and with a liberal dose of technology. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Jasmine's tent

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Photo by Steve Wheeler There is a large, flexible learning space in Ormiston Junior College on the outskirts of Auckland. It's called a modern learning environment or MLE. All around her, noisy, messy chaos erupts as the rest of the Ormiston students busy themselves with their learning. Open, modern learning spaces are dynamic and student centred, and they offer great opportunities for creative learning. autism learning pedagogy spaces teaching

6 interactive whiteboard tips

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I promised six things teachers should consider if they wish to optimise the IWB in their classrooms: Firstly, it's important that IWBs are optimally positioned within learning spaces. SMART's Learning Suite , for example, is a useful online resource that shows how educators can get the best out of their IWBs. Thirdly, teachers need time to tinker, experiment and test out new ideas and new pedagogies. Exeter: Learning Matters.

Video for learning: Today and tomorrow

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We recorded micro-teaches - usually a 10 minute lesson - and then played back the footage to the students so they could see and hear themselves and learn from the experience. Alternative modes Today, education has expanded beyond traditional learning spaces into distance education , blended learning, flipped classrooms , mobile learning, and online delivery through technologies such as MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ).

eXSpace exploration

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In this follow-on from one of my previous posts entitled Going to the wall , I'm going to highlight some of the features we plan to incorporate into our new experimental learning space (eXSpace) at Plymouth Institute of Education. I mentioned that among the many 'sand box' tools and technologies in the space will be a number of touch surfaces. Secondly, it will make it easier for teachers to work constructively alongside students using the same thinking and viewing space.


Digital age learning

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In my Learning is learning post yesterday, I started a debate about andragogy and pedagogy. I held the position that the theory of andragogy (Malcolm Knowles) adds very little to our understanding of learning. In some ways, I argued, andragogy theory seems outmoded in the light of recent rapid developments in new teaching methods, learning resources and digital media. Heutagogy is a grand way of saying 'self directed or self determined learning'.

Teacher Voices: Lloyd Chilcott

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I’d like to say I wanted to become a teacher because of an inspiring professional who provided me with a love for learning, or for the joy of the lightbulb moment witnessed in the eyes of an enthralled student. Just look, who wouldn't want to learn like this. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. education learning Lloyd Chilcott pedagogy primary teaching Technology

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(re)Designing learning in a digital world

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(re)Designing Learning Spaces for a Digital World View more presentations from Steve Wheeler My keynote speeches to academic staff at Massey University on the Palmerston North and Wellington campuses this week were accompanied by the slides above. In the keynote presentations I tackled some contentious topics, including the issuing of challenges to a number of long standing and widely accepted theories (or beliefs) about how learning occurs.

Three things all teachers need

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But I was also interested in the methods the teachers had employed to help my kids learn. The first thing parents should expect from teachers is their ability to inspire children to learn. All teachers should aspire to be an inspirational catalyst for learning. Enthusiasm for learning, a passion for their subject and the ability to get kids excited about something new is vitally important in the shaping of young minds. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Why Higher Education Institutions Need an Education Services Company

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Come up with innovative solutions, such as online self-assessment platforms, integrated ed-tech solutions, content management, curriculum creation, digital libraries, and other mobile learning solutions. to help them learn valuable skills effortlessly. Blended Learning.

Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?

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In turn, teachers enthusiastically transformed themselves into facilitators , guiding and coaching the participants to inquire, explore, discover and even generate new learnings. The popular sequence of events that I have recounted is often represented pictorially as a gradient, accompanied by that ubiquitous table comparing various aspects of the three pedagogies. No longer a novice, the learner has the tools to drive further learning in the context of their existing knowledge.

The Personal Versus Personalized Learning Debate

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Personal Learning and Personalized Learning are two terms, which are being used interchangeably for some time now? Do both terms refer to the same type of learning? In this blog post, we look at them and see which strategy influences learning at the modern workplace. What is Personal Learning? The learning is a means to an end, rather than the end in itself. Curricula and pedagogy are selected pragmatically. What is Personalized Learning?

Space exploration

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The news created a small stir on social media, with several educators opining about what they thought of lecture theatres, their place in universities, technology, and teaching and learning in general. It seems that the subject of the article, the University of Northampton (one of the newest universities in the UK) has decided to do away with their traditional raked lecture theatres, and replace them with more open, flat, flexible spaces where teaching can be conducted.

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2017 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

As I wrote last year, “Online learning lags behind other industries in adopting new technologies. This is not because people in online learning are not interested in new technologies; it’s because we’re not a high-revenue industry compared to giant industries like consumer goods.” I’d say adaptivity (outside of tests), procedural generation, and data mining are not widely utilized by mainstream pedagogy, so for those cases it might be at technology trigger.”

Digital capabilities and curiosity

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Here are my reflections on the learning and teaching conference held at Staffordshire University. The technology should be there to be used as an additional, enhanced aspect of learning, not as a substitute for good pedagogy. In my presentation I was also critical about the design of some learning spaces in higher education. The affordances of the spaces we create, I said, shaped the way we teach and the way students learn.

Spending Some Time At Penn State to Learn about Games and Social Media

Kapp Notes

Next, I returned to learn about the use of Social Media across the Penn State Campus and the development of Penn State's Educational Gaming Commons area. Here is Cole Camplese, Karl Kapp, Beth Baily and Matt Meyer (recently moved from corporate to academia) Matt is working with Cole to create the next generation of cyber-pedagogy using tools to enhance the student's learning experience. Beth is as busy as ever working on numerous projects in the learning space.

Learning with 'e's: Mashing it up

The paper is based upon some talks I gave recently at Online Educa Berlin , the Plymouth E-Learning Conference , and the JISC Regional South West Conference. Wiki Blog Space Mashups: Combining Web 2.0 tools to create collaborative and reflective learning spaces Recently teachers have used wikis, blogs and other open architecture Web tools to encourage student interaction (Richardson, 2006). tools are mashed up within the same space.

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New learning environments: The challenge and the promise #EDENchat

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In recent years, education has evolved to the point where learning can take place anywhere and at any time, usually beyond the walls of the traditional learning space. New trends have emerged including blended learning , personalised learning environments ( PLEs ) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), mobile learning and the flipped classroom. What are the challenges of these new learning environments? Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

As always, we try to use this blog post to speak from our experience as a learning technology partner to organizations that provide continuing education and professional development. To wit, we in online learning are often in the business of managing transactions. IOT Physical Simulators: The idea here is to build physical training devices that connect to online learning technology. It’s a great attractor for learning experiences at conferences and multi-day live courses.

Who Needs to Be on Your 3D Development Team?

Kapp Notes

To successfully accomplish the task of creating a virtual learning world for the organizations must have specilized teams(or work with a vendor team). A typical team required for building a virtual learning environment consists of the following individuals. This is a critical role in the development of a virtual learning space. This team member is responsible for developing the instructional framework and the pedagogy to make the learning effective within the 3D space.

2017 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

As I wrote last year, “Online learning lags behind other industries in adopting new technologies. This is not because people in online learning are not interested in new technologies; it’s because we’re not a high-revenue industry compared to giant industries like consumer goods.” I’d say adaptivity (outside of tests), procedural generation, and data mining are not widely utilized by mainstream pedagogy, so for those cases it might be at technology trigger.”