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Jan's paper Jan's paper Janet Hunsicker

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February 28, 2013 7:45 PM Published

Attached is my paper. This was quite interesting and I have a really hard time staying on task when surfing. So many pages lead to so many interesting things. :-) I think of it as CAAD (Computer aided attention distraction.) I appreciate comments on my paper. Thanks. Jan
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Thread: Post: Author: Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Trinity Baker Posted Date: Status: March 1, 2013 1:06 PM Published

Hey Jan, I enjoyed reading your paper from beginning to end. I'll admit I did scan through at first to get a general idea of how our paper should be, but later I read thorough it. I must say the key aspect that caught my eye right away was your opinion about how gaming is involved in learning. "The core

strategy is to provide rewards for players for accomplishing desired tasks". I strongly agree with this for the simple fact that every game has some type of trophy or accomplishment that is awarded to the player for completing the task/mission ahead. Since I'm a huge gamer, most of my teachings would involve a gaming environment. For instance, I would try to have some shape or form of a game displayed to teach others or to have them learn for themselves. I admire your paper and thanks for being the first to post. I'm sure everyone else could get a glimpse of how it's done with your paper. :) Trinity
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Thread: Post: Author: Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Janet Hunsicker Posted Date: Status: March 2, 2013 12:38 PM Published

Thanks Trinity, I have a tendancy to meander when writing papers. I make lots of notes and have stuff left over that never makes it into the paper. Aslo, I don't know if you have discover OneNote in MS Office. It is a great place to store web pages, links, papers, notes. You can embed video, copy and paste to it, it is also set up as a Printer port. I don't have a printer set to this machine, so I used to print to OneNote. What I like about it is that I can copy the modules into pages and then I don't need t sign in to read them. I also copy and paste my grades to it. I have a notebook for my courses and store everything I need for the class in it. I also print internet receipts into it. It's really kind of handy.

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Thread: Post: Author: Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Nancy O'Sullivan Posted Date: Status: March 2, 2013 2:47 PM Published

I wanted to add that the program Evernote works in a similar way. Both are great tools and I highly suggest incorporating one of them into your life :-) When you start using one of these programs you will know why I used the word "life." I use it for everything- including resurces for my classes. Great suggestion, Jan!!!
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Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Janet Hunsicker

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March 2, 2013 12:49 PM Published

Hi Trinity, Here are a couple of links you may find interesting Playing video games offers learning across life span, say studies; DESIGNING COURSES:Digital Games for Learning; The Four Pillars of Gamification - Learning Circuits - ASTD
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Thread: Post: Author: Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Janet Hunsicker Posted Date: Edited Date: Status: March 2, 2013 12:56 PM March 2, 2013 12:58 PM Published

OK, so the links don't work correctly. Playing video games = http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-08/apapvg080808.php and the other two no longer work. I'll attach what I printed before they were unavailable.

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Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Janet Hunsicker

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March 2, 2013 1:00 PM Published

Here is number 2. I seem to only be able to attach one file per post.
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Thread: Post: Author: Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Trinity Baker Posted Date: Status: March 2, 2013 2:42 PM Published

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Thanks Jan, I did notice there was something wrong with the links but I thought I was doing something wrong. I still haven't written my paper yet because of all the ideas and notes I have. I'm having a problem with getting started. Any suggestions? Trinity
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Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Angela Walker

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March 2, 2013 7:43 PM Published

Hi Jan, I really enjoyed our paper.Very informative and written very well.
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Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Laura Ortiz

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March 3, 2013 8:58 AM Published

Good morning, Jan :-)! I have one question and three comments for you on your Unit 4 paper. My question is, what were you referring to when you said, "when writing about a character in a story", in the cognitivism section? Is this another facet of Jan Hunsicker, author extraordinaire? Three Comments: 1) In the behaviorism section, I appreciated the reference to Pavlov's dog. I think it is one of the few things I remember from my psychology courses! Also, I thought you developed an interesting application of behaviorism to distance education. 2) In terms of constructivism, I liked your idea that each person has their own version or reality -building on the past to envision the future. For good or for bad, I think it is clearly evident in our society that this is the case. For those that attended Service Excellence Module 3, the experiment conducted on us to determine each person's definition of seldom, sometimes and often, supported this concept. Each person was relating it to their own past experiences. I'm going to save the rest of this comment for MY paper :). 3) I applaud your final statement, "I simply don't believe you can standardize creativity." I also agree that the government's renewed emphasis on test scores/performance metrics, in the name of accountability (and worthiness to receive funding), will prove to be the greatest obstacle. Great work, Jan! Laura
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Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Janet Hunsicker

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March 3, 2013 1:50 PM Published

Hi Laura, Many people will say that what separates man and animals is the use of tools. I believe that man is the only species that tells stories. So, yes, I dabbled in writing stories. I've attended a conference or two and sat thru sessions on how to write fiction, but there are too many fatal flaws in my writing style. I actually did like that class where we all had to join a discussion on Mondays, at 7 p.m. I don't remember the software used for the chat room and I do remember it being hard to follow some of the discussion threads. We were probably all frantically trying to get our points across.

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Thanks for the kind words regarding my paper. Can't wait to read your paper. Jan
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Thread: Post: Author: Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper John Paris Posted Date: Status: March 3, 2013 9:19 AM Published

Jan, I really enjoyed reading your paper. Your psychology-based approach to evaluating and describing each learning theory added a valuable and thought-provoking dimension to what we have learned. The Pavlov's dog analogy was excellent in the Behaviorist model. To me, this reinforces the positive and negative aspects of this style. One one level, it strengthens the argument of how specific knowledge can be so strongly ingrained in a learner, in the same way Pavlov's dog never forgot the meaning of that bell. I still remember my multiplication tables, for example, from 3rd grade like the back of my hand without any sense of self-doubt due to the repetitive reinforcement of in-class recitation, quizzes and flash cards, even though that was even though that was 30-some-odd years ago! However, I believe learning, especially at the higher levels, should go beyond this style and should treat students more like the multi-faceted individuals that we are, confronted with a wide variety of options and resources at all waking moments of our lives. Creative thinking skills cannot be taught effectively via this approach, and we are more than the "dogs" in an experiement. I like how you incorporate specific ideas of how the brain functions in acquiring new knowledge and in problem solving in your explanation, and how this ideally compliments the constructivist theory. I do have one question in general after reflecting on this theory, taking your and my own positive assessment into account. That is, does anyone have an issue with the relative lack of a clear-cut or obvious "right and wrong answer" aspect to this style? In other words, much learning that I have experienced has involved some element of being told that I am "wrong" about something, thereby creating a motivation for me to rectify the error, and I'm not so sure that this is necessarily a flawed approach. The constructivist theory seems to avoid students' being told that they are ever "wrong" about anything, and only relies on positive reinforcement through the learning process. This realization doesn't make me want to reverse my view that this is the best of the three styles of learning contained in this unit, but it does give me a little pause and has piqued my curiosity as to what you and the experts in the field have to say about this. Any thoughts? Anyway, a very thoughtful and fascinating assessment Jan. Thanks! :)
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Thread: Post: Author: Jan's paper RE: Jan's paper Janet Hunsicker Posted Date: Edited Date: Status: March 3, 2013 1:54 PM March 3, 2013 2:38 PM Published

Hi John, Thanks for the kind words. Rather that say "you're wrong" I think constructivist theory allows the student to fail at understanding the concept. I think of it like this: I had a class in design. When a design clearly did not work the instructor said, "I'm glad you did it this way so the class can discuss the design." It was a way to support the work the student did, while discussing the flaws. His technique of keeping the discussion to the design allowed me to listen to the criticism without becoming overly defensive. As a student, I was disappointed he did think my work absolutely fabulous, but I and the class understood its shortcomings. The next design was better because I built on the knowledge gained. Jan
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