Friday, July 17, 2015

How to improve undergraduate science education (Nature News & Comment)

This Nature article outlines some of the challenges university teachers encounter when moving from lecturing to active (e.g. problem-based) learning. Creating and teaching active learning units is much more demanding than lecturing. Teachers need more support (technical and pedagogical) during the entire process (design, implementation, evaluation, re-design).

Why we are teaching science wrong, and how to make it right : Nature News & Comment

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New article published: The ‘Erfahrraum’: a pedagogical model for designing educational technologies in dual vocational systems

The Erfahrraum model
My co-authors (Alberto A.P. Cattaneo, Jessica Dehler Zufferey, Jean-Luc Gurtner, Mireille B├ętrancourt & Pierre Dillenbourg) and I are happy to announce the publication of our paper "The ‘Erfahrraum’: a pedagogical model for designing educational technologies in dual vocational systems".

Vocational education taking place in the dual contexts of workplace and school often lacks integration of concrete experiences with theoretical knowledge. The interplay between workplace and school contexts and their often antagonistic priorities call for a specific model that transforms these divergences into learning opportunities and connects different forms of knowledge into an integrated body of knowledge that contributes to developing vocational competence. This paper presents a multidimensional pedagogical model, called the ‘Erfahrraum’, for the design and implementation of educational technologies as a way to foster this integration in initial dual vocational education and training (VET). The ‘Erfahrraum’ model informs the design of shared spaces for capturing and reflecting on experiences made in different contexts in which VET takes place. The model particularly emphasises the importance of shared reflection processes to turn concrete experiences into relevant integrated knowledge. Examples of implementations in different professions using a range of different technologies illustrate the power of the ‘Erfahrraum’ model.

You can find the article here: Erfahrraum paper

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Over 300,000 visitors to the Proto-Knowledge blog

Thanks to the all the visitors to the Proto-Knowledge blog for their interest.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Multi-level analysis strategy to make sense of concept maps

I presented my paper 'Multi-level analysis strategy to make sense of concept maps' at the sixth international conference on concept mapping in Santos (Brazil).

You find find more resources about concept maps here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Microsoft Hololens for professional training

NASA will send two Microsoft virtual reality headsets 'Hololens' to the International Space Station.

The devices will be used in two ways. First, it will show a crew member's view back to experts on the ground, who will be able to coach them through operations such as repairs, and "draw" on top of the astronaut's view to help them.

Secondly, augmented reality software will put holographic pictures on top of an astronaut's field of vision, which Nasa says will speed up training.

Video: Nasa equips astronauts with Microsoft's virtual reality headset - Telegraph

This projects is similar to work by the company 'Wearable Intelligence' which proposed using augmented reality through Google Glass to support professional training. See post here.

Documentaries about education reform

Edutopia features a list of recent documentaries about education reform (focus on the US).

See the list here.

The difference between fruits and vegetables

This video explains why bananas are berries but strawberries are not.