Universal instructional design is a method whereby space is reconfigured and constructed to create a learning environment that is generative and allows students with disabilities to be effective participants in the classroom.
In the first part of their research project, Whiteside, Brooks and Walker explored how formal (classroom) spaces influence instructor and learner behaviour. In the second part of their research project, they explored how informal environments influence student learning.
As the internet continues to become more prevalent in our daily functions, we need to make choices that extend beyond the boundaries of a classroom and decide which instructional strategies and teaching methods will most appropriately help our students master the skills and knowledge required to be successful 21st century learners.
Do classrooms influence instructor and student behaviour? Can learning spaces be designed to enhance student learning? These are questions that Whiteside, Brooks, and Walker explore in their essay “Making the Case for Space: Three Years of Empirical Research on Learning Environments”.
If education is our aim, we—the instructors—need to monitor how we can improve our classrooms so they align with best practices in learning space design, current educational research, and learner-and-instructor expectations.
It's hard to deny that mobile technology has the ability to revolutionize education, but how you use the tools is more important than just introducing the tools in your classroom. Check out "A Quick Guide on Bloom's Taxonomy Apps for IPad."
Do you learn differently now than you did as a child or youth? Andragogy, or the theory of adult learning, outlines the needs of adult students. Considering andragogy while designing learning can lead to a more engaging and learner-centered environment.
Applied research is an ever-growing field of inquiry that evades a fixed definition, but it is identified by the practical application of information to solve a problem. But how does it differ from pure research and why is it important?
Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is a relatively new term that can be found countless times in blogs, journals, wikis, and other forms of media that have a focus on the use of technology and learning.
The visual learning style is one that really adds an element of immediacy and interest to a course. Enhancing a course with images makes a course interesting to read through and helps to connect and illustrate ideas. Stock imagery is easily accessible, but why not include your own photos...