ED 650: Is Interactivity Worth the Cost?

Is Interactivity Worth the Cost of Flashy Technology? ED 650 Current Issue Paper 4 One of my major long-term goals as an instructional design librarian is to lead an ongoing project to develop tutorials for library users on a variety of topics (such as searching the library catalog, searching particular databases, placing holds or interlibrary loan requests, etc.). Over the past 15 years or so, library tutorials have taken many forms from screenshots with text to screencasts to interactive tutorials. Continue reading ED 650: Is Interactivity Worth the Cost?

ED 650 Discussion: Schools Aren’t Obsolete

Prompt: Are face-to-face large school settings still necessary? My Response: I believe that physical school settings are necessary, at least for elementary school students (but probably for higher grades as well). I don’t mean to say that distance learning can’t be used effectively for elementary school students in certain situations (such as students living in such isolation or having such severe medical conditions that it is the only option, and for students who have access to an attentive tutor/parent, appropriate Continue reading ED 650 Discussion: Schools Aren’t Obsolete

ED 650 Discussion: Tech’s Impact on My Learning

Prompt: How do you feel that technology has impacted learning both in and outside of the classroom? My Response: For as long as I can remember, I’ve had what I’d call an insatiable curiosity. I often wonder how something works, what something means, how to do something, etc. — and I simply cannot leave it at wondering and move on. I have to know. The internet has been my best friend as a result. The answers to virtually all of Continue reading ED 650 Discussion: Tech’s Impact on My Learning