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September 26, 2017

Everything Old is New Again

Filed under: EDDL 5111 @ 3:16 am


So I really didn’t like the format of Freemind, and Bubblus looked a lot better and seemed fairly easy to use, but wanted me to sign up in order to save or link to my mind map. I will spend more time on various types of mind-mapping software but for now I went back to good old Power-Point (something I never thought I would hear myself say!).

For me the Ally article on the Impact of Education highlighted several things, one of which is that we really are coming full circle. Early Education was really Indigenous Ways of Knowing. It was truly constructivist as education was learner centred, it had to be for an individuals survival. It had personal meaning as it was contextualized by the learners worldview. Learning was by doing, and problem solving skills were developed in real world applications.

Technology changed the world as well as education. The industrial revolution required workers to be educated efficiently, one instructor to a class instead of an individual. The success of this type of behaviourist construction was evident as factory workers demonstrated their skills repetitively.

Computer technology allowed us to move into the cognitive realm. multi-media and web resources allowed us to expend more effort per learner with the same effort by the instructor.

While it may seem counter-intuitive future technology may make the indigenization of curriculum easier. Truly distributed learning with the use of intelligent agents will allow each learner to pursue their area of interest with a return to the one-on-one interaction, albeit through e-mail, chat, forums and skype, that characterized constructivist learning.



  1.   trogers — September 29, 2017 @ 3:21 am    Reply

    Hi Brad,

    I really like how you linked the evolution of education to Mohamed Ally’s three learning theories as well as how you present it on your Concept Map (the pink learning theory being next close to the corresponding yellow historical event). I am currently wondering to what degree, if any, did the learning theories exist in each of the historical event… your Concept Map offers a great way to look at this. Thanks!

  2.   mpehkonen — September 29, 2017 @ 3:26 am    Reply

    Hi Brad,

    I’m so glad you used PowerPoint! I think sometimes we get caught up in ‘the next best thing’ when it comes to technology and can easily forget, (or feel embarrassed!) using a technology of the past. This makes me think. Why are we so afraid to fall behind when it comes to tech?
    It’s interesting how you noted that one on one and mentoring can occur at the first and last stages of education, early education and self directed. It seems that the further we go in our learning, the more complex the learning becomes, which also means we need the most help. I wonder if distributed learning could happen more in early education? And what would that look like?


    •   Mary — October 11, 2017 @ 2:35 am    Reply

      Markuu, I find myself wondering if distributed learning does happen more in early education? One thing I notice is that when children are young, parents often “work” with them at home on the things they’ve been doing in school… drawing pictures, singing songs, etc. — all gets reinforced as parents reiterate some of the same things that are happening in school. Does this happen as much when students are older? hmm…

      •   bharsell — October 12, 2017 @ 10:19 pm    Reply

        hi Mary

        My apologies for the late reply, I’ve had other issues that kept me away.

        I think that parent help as children grow may have a cultural component to it. If I remember correctly there have been studies done that tie progress to family income. The higher the income the more resources available to the child. The higher the family income the more time for one parent to spend with the child as well as providing tutoring. It would be interesting to see a study where equal external resources were provided to an entire school.

    •   bharsell — October 12, 2017 @ 10:14 pm    Reply

      Hi Markku

      My apologies for the late reply, I’ve had other issues that kept me away.

      I think targeted DL could happen in early education. Many children today learn to “swipe right” on tablets and phones before they learn to talk. Content would need to be age appropriate and adjusted for the shorter attention span but it is feasible.

      My concern would be at what expense? personal attention would include both cultural and socialization components. Would they be lost with the use of tech?

  3.   Robbi — September 29, 2017 @ 1:32 pm    Reply

    Hi Markku and Brad,
    You’re right! The more technology, the more help, I’ve witnessed! 🙂 I ended up using pen and paper, well, I did it on a tablet, but I tend not to like those web tools to make mind maps. Honestly, I’m more comfortable on paper, I think with a pen in my hand, I think.
    I have to disagree with you though about Indigenization becoming easier with tech… the concept is lost on many in Education and it really begins with personal access. I’ve been pondering this for a while, and have been requested to increase diversity in our activities we build at open learning. It’s a difficult process and begins with understanding colonialiism and it’s impact on institutions and teaching and learning theory. It’ll be interesting to discuss this with you all. I found 2 articles this week that I haven’t read through yet completely. But I can leave the links here.

    This sums up what is going on across Canada (or not) here:
    This is one I haven’t dug into yet but found during a lit review of online/indigenous ways of knowing:

  4.   Mary — October 11, 2017 @ 2:36 am    Reply

    Robbi, i’m really interested in this comment: “I have to disagree with you though about Indigenization becoming easier with tech… the concept is lost on many in Education and it really begins with personal access” — it’s the second part, the idea of Indigenization beginning with personal access. Can you say a little more about that?

    •   bharsell — October 12, 2017 @ 10:28 pm    Reply

      Hi Mary

      I find what Robbi is saying very interesting. I’m looking forward to more discussions on what the process of decolonization looks like. To me “personal access” would come with a relationship component, something that would help develop a shared world view to facilitate knowledge transfer. I wonder if it will be easier for the coming generations? Those learners who have successfully developed relationships online with people they have never met in person. Can those online relationships constitute personal access?

      Thanks for the links Robbi, I’ve bookmarked them for later reading.

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