Revisiting my crimes

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I read it a few time, but it just did not sink in. The note was on the assignment brief, but I did not “get it“. Now, after my challenging week of Wix and eportfolio work, I fully and completely understand that note. The penny dropped mid week when I actually attempted to upload my Articulate Storyline e-learning project. I comprendo!

Lets hit the back button

A week ago today I started to work in earnest on my eportfolio, using Wix. Looking back over the week, I have made good progress and I have learned a lot. I now know the difference between developer mode and editor mode. In addition, I know how to upload files and how to add buttons and all sorts of decorative features to my site. I am struggling a bit with background colour changes and themes but I do not intend to think too deeply about colour until I have my content managed. I am happy to use Wix now that I am over the initial and steep learning.

I chose my four artifacts this week. I revisited the scenes of my crimes. I say this in jest because I am proud of my pieces even though they contain errors and could be improved. However, I also surprised myself. I am confident I can build a polytunnel from my instruction guide. I intend to test my theory this summer!

I enjoyed looking back on my work. I have decided to include my first project and my last and two in between. However, I have made a conscious decision not to correct my “mistakes” contained within. I will allow my crimes to go into my eportfolio. Firstly, I am proud of these pieces. Secondly, the learning curve was vertical upwards. They reflect where I was at. However, now that I have had the luxury of time away from these projects, plus having had detailed feedback from lecturers, I can include in the content of my eportfolio a reflection on improvements I would make in hindsight. While working on these pieces and while working to deadlines, I was too close to the crime to see improvements I now see. I needed this space to review them all again. My learning has actually built up and accumulated.

The note explained

Getting back to Wix and what I learned this week, I discovered Amazon S3. I was determined to have my Articulate Storyline e-learning resource included in my portfolio. After all, it is the biggest project I have completed to date. Even though it was clearly stated on the assignment which I just referred to in my opening sentence, I “discovered” I could not upload Storyline directly onto Wix. This was clearly stated in the note. However, it meant absolutely nothing to me at the time because I did not understand it. But I do now. I learned it through trial and error. I was the cat that accidentally discovered the lever.

The cat

What has a cat got to do with it? Everything as it happens. Edward Thorndike (1898) was a leading psychologist and researcher who first studied trial and error as a learning style. The framework for trial and error is based on the psychology of behaviorism. To better understand trial and error learning, Thorndike studied a cat and its behavior when it was placed inside a closed box. To lure the cat out of the box, fish was left nearby. The cat had to learn how to get out of the box by pressing a lever which would release the cat door. The cat tried various means to escape but all efforts failed. Finally, the cat accidentally stumbled on the lever and discovered by doing so that it was free to go. Once the cat learned to press the lever it retained what it had learned because it was rewarded accordingly. According to Thorndike (1898), learning will take place when there is a connection between stimulus and response. (Praveen 2017)

This best describes the process of learning that I have used most during the last two years. Trial and error and accidental discoveries is probably the best way to learn how to use software. It is so empowering to make discoveries and to overcome obstacles, that the reward using this style is above all grades.

Learning styles

However, there are many different learning styles. A learning style is best described as a preferred way to learn. Learning styles can be fluid. For example, on a Monday, a person might need to a mix of stimulus to trigger their learning mode into action. On a Friday, learning could be triggered much easier if the reward is an early escape for the weekend. In saying all of this, I am aware of the VARK Model from my teaching days. VARK provides strategies for the four main learning styles:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Reading/Writing
  • Kinesthetic

It is important to consider what type of stimulus helps a person to learn best. A simple but concise diagram of this model is presented here.

image: https://tutoringwithatwist.ca

The simplicity of this model serves as a reminder to all IDs to consider different learning styles when designing a learning resource. However, more complex models indicate that there are at least 8 learning styles, but as a reminder, this is a very powerful image.

To conclude on todays blog, I will provide some strategies under the four VARK learning types which may be useful when developing a learning resource.

Visual learners learn best by

  • pictures, illustrations and photographs
  • icons
  • graphs
  • charts and diagrams
  • flashcards
  • use of colour to highlight important words

Auditory learners learn best with

  • music
  • jingles and rhymes
  • repetition
  • narration and recorded notes
  • storytelling
  • reading out loud

Reading/Writing learners learn best by

  • handwriting notes
  • words rather than symbols
  • fill in the blank type questions
  • use of bullet points and lists
  • use of headings and clear paragraphs

Kinesthetic learners learn best by

  • allowing experimentation
  • physical and multi-sensory stimulus
  • demonstrations
  • touch and feel type assignments
  • building or making project type (Tutoringwithatwist, n.d)

When I completed my e-learning resource, I did consider stimulus and learner styles. I am glad I revisited learning styles today. Work on the final project will have to begin in earnest next month so this will be handy to reread. On this note, I must trial Rise to learn how to upload it to Amazon S3 in order to get the https web link. This now makes perfect sense.

References

References

Learning style strategies, available:

https://www.tutoringwithatwist.ca/vark-learning-styles

[date accessed: 14/03/2021]

Praveen, S. (2017), ‘Trial and Error Learning’, Psychestudy, available

https://www.psychestudy.com/behavioral/learning-memory/trial-error-learning

[date accessed: 14/03/2021]

VARK Learning Style [image] available:

https://tutoringwithatwist.ca/ns/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/ben2-vark-elearning-styles-business_orig.jpg

[date accessed: 14/03/2021]

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