Sunday, October 10, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: The Active Learning Method. Can you do that in the metaverse? The teacher is a manager of learning, not just a conduit of content..

The Active Learning Method.  
Can you do that in the metaverse?  
The teacher is a manager of learning, 
not just a conduit of content.
A plan for using the metaverse for active learning online.
"Active learning" means you participate, collaborate with others, and apply concepts to the real world. It requires hard mental effort but leads to better retention and an understanding of the material that can be transferred to other situations. To explain how to apply Active Learning in classrooms, we collaborated with Professor Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize winning physicist, who researches and champions the approach.

  • After the break: Online learning 


On-campus teaching

  • The video shows a plan for in-person teaching.
  • I like the plan from the standpoint of a psychologist.
  • As a former professor, I see a weakness for on-campus teaching.
  • Those starter questions would be collected by the fraternities and sororities. 
  • And they would all have the correct answer attached.  
  • The professor would need to invent new questions every semester.
  • Or perhaps form an online collaboration with other people teaching the same topics.

Online learning

  • It is not going to work for solitary study, of course.
  • But online does not mean solitary.
  • Online meetings
  • I would favor a virtual world with a DTA to handle routine teacher tasks.
  • DTA = Digital Teaching Assistant.
  • Browser-based virtual worlds: Metaverse School, 3DWebWorldz.

What can the DTA do?

  • Almost anything that the teacher does routinely:
  • Giving and grading tests.
  • Recording attendance.
  • Monitoring student activities.
  • Receiving, recording, and filing student products.

Students learn from each other

  • That requires scheduled class time.
  • But the teacher may not need to be there.  
  • The DTA can collect work products from each student and from the team.
  • These can give a clear picture of the contribution of each student.
  • What their peers know tells students where they stand in their peer group.


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1 comment:

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