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Experimenting with Distributed Cognition Using Wikity

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Permissions Over Free [...]

> From a messaging perspective, I continue to believe that OER advocates should place more emphasis on permissions because this is the aspect of OER to which publishers have no answer. Publishers simply have no response to the 5Rs. When someone starts talking about how small the difference is between free and affordable, just turn the conversation to permissions by as...

 

The myopia of crowds [...]

> Our results suggest that, rather than evaluate all available answers to a question, users rely on simple cognitive heuristics to choose an answer to vote for or accept. These cognitive heuristics are linked to an answer’s salience, such as the order in which it is listed and how much screen space it occupies. While askers appear to depend on heuristics to a greate...

 

Norman’s Law of eLearning Tool Convergence [...]

> Any eLearning tool, no matter how openly designed, will eventually become indistinguishable from a Learning Management System once a threshold of supported use-cases has been reached....

 

Virtual K-12 Schools Don’t Work [...]

> Crisis narratives undermine checks and balances and the natural skepticism that we should ordinarily apply to the interests of young children and to public expenditure. So you get millions of dollars spent on online charter schools that leave students a full school year behind their peers....

 

Personalization Defined [...]

> Personalization, sometimes known as customization, consists of tailoring a service or product to accommodate specific individuals, sometimes tied to groups or segments of individuals. A wide variety of organizations use personalization to improve customer satisfaction, digital sales conversion, marketing results, branding, and improved website metrics, as well as fo...

 

Evidence-Based Education [...]

> Using Dewey’s practical epistemology, I showed that research cannot supply us with rules for action but only with hypotheses for intelligent problem solving. Research can only tell us what has worked in a particular situation, not what will work in any future situation. The role of the educational professional in this process is not to translate general rules into...

 

Clickers: Facts & Concepts [...]

> That a single factual question at the crucial moment in which the material was introduced in the problem-oriented course had a negative effect on conceptual understanding is an important finding. The nature, amount and timing of clicker questions may all be factors in supporting or thwarting conceptual understanding....

 

Teachers as Irrational Economic Actors [...]

> So: no higher salaries for a relatively low-paying profession, eroding the job security that is the most treasured benefit of the job, continuing to degrade and insult the current workforce as lazy and undeserving, getting rid of hundreds of thousands of them, and yet somehow attracting hundreds of thousands of more talented, more committed young workers to become ...

 

The Cross Hairs of the Split Hairs [...]

> The digital demands constant signalling. Other people’s signalling confronts us. We create spaces to bond over that confrontedness. Performative wokeness devolves into factionalism. White supremacy festers its way into the open. A few degrees of difference makes for a very sharp point....

 

Feldstein’s Law [...]

> Feldstein’s Law: Any educational app that is actively developed for long enough and has a large enough user base will become indistinguishable from a badly designed LMS....