Article in today's New York Times about the rise in online education -- and the subsequent debate over its quality.
I was rereading Anna Sfard's article "On Two Metaphors for Learning and the Dangers of Choosing Just One." I first read this piece last summer, as part of Dr. Yanchar's Learning Theory course. This time, I did not spend a lot of time reviewing her discussion of acquisition vs. participation metaphors (though that was very … Continue reading On Metaphors
For Dr. Graham's course this week we read several articles about blended learning. Graham's introduction (2006) discusses various uses of the term "blended learning," providing this definition in the end: "Blended learning systems combine face-to-face instruction with computer-mediated instruction.... Blended learning is part of the ongoing convergence of two archetypal learning environments. On the one … Continue reading Blended Learning
As I work on my conversation paper, which draws on Gibbons' use of conversation as a metaphor for instruction, I'm wondering: what are the other explicit metaphors which have been made for instruction? I read Anna Sfard's article comparing the "acquisition" and "participation" metaphors -- but these are actually metaphors of learning more than of … Continue reading Metaphors for Instruction?