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1 Education, Fallacies, and Skeuomorphs: Why Make Learning Harder?

2 Pick a number… Between 01 & 10 Multiply by 9 Add 2 digits of new number together Subtract 5 Assign the corresponding letter to the number (1=A, 2=B, etc) Pick a country that begins with that letter (A=Argentina, etc) Think of an animal that begins with the 2 nd letter of the country

3 The Problem… There are no elephants in Denmark!

4 Teaching Perspective

5 Dr. Jeff D Borden


7 Learning Today

8 Agenda Education 3.0 –Education Psychology Harvard –Neuroscience Lecture Skeuomorphs –Education Technology Narrative Games Create – Consume – Remix - Share

9 Thats SO 1992… Whats the best way to lecture & assess my (9, 90, 900) students in class? –Sincerely, 1992

10 Harvard Assessment Seminars

11 Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds 1600 Interviews –1:1; Undergrads; 24 pgs; 2-3 hours per 10 Year, Qualitative Analysis –10+ faculty interviewers; 30+ student interviewers Some Participating Colleges: –1. Boston College –2. Boston University –3. Brandeis University –4. Bristol Community College –5. Bunker Hill Community College –6. Harvard University –7. M. I. T. –8. Princeton University –9. UMass - Amherst –10. UMass - Boston –11. Wellesley College –12. Yale University

12 Honor Student Desires & Challenge Immediately Rate your academic experience: 1-10 How did you first pick your classes? I got my pre-reqs out of the way… I took a few classes that interested me…

13 Social Learning Matters 1990: 55% of science majors stayed majors 2000: 63% of science majors stayed majors

14 Tension Leads To Better Learning What was your favorite course?

15 Diversity Leads To Better Learning Do you want professors and peers to be like you? (Race, background, socio-economic, etc)

16 Thats SO 2002… Whats the best way to lecture & assess my (9, 90, 900) students in class? –Sincerely, 1992 Whats the best way to do what I normally do in the classroom online? –Sincerely, 2002

17 Online Education: At Best

18 Online Education: At Worst

19 Common College Outcome Communication: –Nonverbal Haptics Objectics Proxemics Chronemics Optics Vocalics Kinesics –Mirroring

20 Kinesic Mirroring: Modern Communication 2007 NYTimes The majority of communication in the workplace occurs over and chat today WSJ: …leading more and more Fortune 500 companies to ask if future employees have taken an online class.

21 e-vangelists vs C.A.V.E. People

22 Mark Edmundson

23 Eliminating Diversity

24 Dr. Eric Mazur

25 Lecture vs Sleep: Eric Mazur

26 National Survey of Student Engagement, USA 2006 Lecturing

27 Skeuomorph

28 Skeuomorphs

29 Skeuomorph

30 Better Ways

31 Why Do We…

32 The Mixxer

33 We Know Research…

34 We Know (more) About the Brain…

35 Pattern Recognition


37 Hidden Patterns


39 Dr John Medina As I was writing Brain Rules, it hit me [that] if you wanted to design a learning environment that was directly opposed to what the brain is naturally good at doing, you would design something like a classroom.


41 Retention Aids Based On Brain Research

42 Thats SO 2012… Whats the best way to lecture & assess my (9, 90, 900) students in class? –Sincerely, 1992 Whats the best way to do what I normally do in the classroom online? –Sincerely, 2002 Whats the best way to learn? –Sincerely, 2012

43 Earthquake Reporting

44 First Hour of Earthquake

45 Earthquake Photos

46 Buy It Now…

47 Medicine / WebMD

48 Dating / eHarmony – 20%

49 Banking / eBanking

50 Friendships


52 Secrets


54 Education

55 Schools: Anti-Connected? Cell Phones Laptops Collaboration Wolfram Alpha Wikipedia –Cliff Notes

56 Education…Connected?

57 Problem Based Learning (AKA Flipped Classrooms)

58 Game Based Learning

59 Life Raft Dilemma

60 Insert game slide


62 JSB: WOW L-70

63 Guild Master WoW Guild Master = total-immersion course in leadership

64 Guild Master: Real World Skills Attracting Evaluating Recruiting new members Creating apprenticeship programs Orchestrating group strategy Adjudicating disputes

65 Groups & Games… You Try 60 M in an H = 60 Minutes in an Hour

66 60 M in an H 36 I in a Y 26 L of the A 7 W of the W 1001 A N 12 S of the Z 54 C in a D with the J 8 P in the S S + P M C W 88 P K 80 D to G A the W 13 S on the A F 18 H on a G C 32 D F at which W F 8 S on a S S 200 D for P G in M 3 B M (S H T R) 90 D in a R A 10 Y in a D 4 Q in a G 20 N in a D 2 is the N it T to T 108 (D)S on a Bb 24 H in a D 1 W on a U 5 D in a Z C 57 H V 11 P on a F T 1000 W that a P is W 29 D in F in a L Y 64 S on a C 40 D and N of the G F 66 B in the B 15 B on a P T 56 KbPS

67 Confluence Ask

68 YouTube Video: Have You Been Paying Attention?Have You Been Paying Attention?

69 Edu-Blogger: …Has anyone seen this garbage? Technology simply promotes copy & paste! Educators must teach them to be original, have original thought, and do original work! Imagine if society worked this way. Wed still be hoping someone would invent the rolling stone so as to create a wheel. Imagine a world where using other peoples work to create your own was ok. Wed never have gotten past the toaster to see the benefits of the microwave. Wed never have gotten past swing music to experience amazing original works like Elton Johns The Lion King or other seminal works…

70 Remix, Sample or Steal? Can You Feel The love Tonight? Save tonight, fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow Ill be gone… Youre beautiful! If I could, then I would, Ill go wherever you will go, way up high, or down low, Ill go wherever you will go… And she will be loved – and she will be loved…

71 Remix, Sample, or Steal? Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television, North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe Wherever you go – whatever you do, I will be right here waiting for you Were not gonna take it, no we aint gonna take it – were not gonna take it anymore I think were alone now, there doesnt seem to be anyone around

72 Remix, Sample, or Steal? There was a time when I was so broken hearted Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world – she took the midnight train going anywhere See the stone set in her eyes, see the thorn twist in her side, and Im waiting for you, with or without you

73 Remix, Sample, or Steal? Take on me (Take on me!) Take me up (Take on me!) Ill be gone ??????????

74 Remix, Sample, or Steal? On your mark, get set, and go now – gotta dream and we just know now I come from a land down under, where women roll and men thunder… When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be 1790?!?!?!

75 Remember…

76 Thank You Dr. Jeff D Borden

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