Three Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Design Nicholas D.

Fila, Mel Chua, Corey Schimpf, and Farrah Fayyaz 9/26/2012 – Design, Cognition, and Learning class notes Released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 license – feel free to share! These notes are from a small group class discussion about various lens and frameworks that can be used to think about teaching and learning design. We grouped things into three general lens – in chronological order, they are: (1) the behaviorist view, which focuses on externally viewable stimulus-responses, (2) the cognitive view, which focuses on the internal mental constructs that individual people construct in their heads to organize information, and (3) the situative view, which considers knowledge to be embodied outside an individual in the artifacts and communities they interact with. They look strikingly different in practice. Behaviorist Viewpoint on mind Parallel CS history “The mind is a black box. We don't care what happens inside it, only what we see outside.” Behaviorism was developed before PCs were widespread. Computer scientists were talking about the Chinese Room and the Turing Test, which are both about the computer as black box and the importance of watching external responses. Knowing is stimulus-response. Individuals develop responses or patterns or responses to various stimuli or cues. Knowledge is the organization of these contextual responses. Cognitive “The mind is an information processing machine. We model the heck out of it.” Cognitive theories bloomed at the same time as the PC revolution. Expert knowledge was a hot CS topic; how do we model the decision-making processes of experts using a computer? Individuals develop schemata to help them organize and understand new information. The closer info is to existing schemata, the easier it is to process. Knowledge can be considered the extent of one’s schemata, or the concepts one understands. Situative “Don't talk about a single mind – talk instead about a network of minds, embodied in a world.” Situative theories came of age around the same time as the internet exploded, facilitating communication and social networking across a distance in a way humanity had never seen before. Knowledge is situated within communities, which include people as well as artifacts. Individual knowing can be thought of as the extent to which one is integrated into the community, thus knowing is attributed to the system rather than the individual.

What is knowing?

What is learning?

Learning is sequential, with simpler tasks acting as prerequisites for more difficult tasks. The learner needs to be shaped to learning environment, not the other way around. Taking this view of learning may result in rote/mechanical knowledge. Ability to transfer knowledge is based on similarity of knowledge to that required in new situations. The goal would be to expose to comprehensive stimuli so that responses are applicable to a broader range of situations.

Learning is an act of active process construction that is best supported by pedagogies of engagement. Misconceptions may develop as a result of less strict learning schemes.

Learning is about becoming able to participate in a community of practice, and is entirely situated in the dialogues and practices of that community. It is a social construct; if the community accepts you as having learned, you have learned. Transfer of knowledge requires attunement to constraints and affordances that are common to both learning and transfer situations. Unlike the cognitive view, situative theory says that all knowledge is learned in a specific situation – even if you are learning a general schema, you encounter a specific variant of it in a particular time and place. We generalize from there. With identity. As one begins to identify oneself as a member of the community, they are more motivated to learn and participate in the community. • • • • • Inquiry, social Identity development Human-centered design Any book discussing IDEO EPICS (community-service engineering projects at Purdue)

How transfer works

The general schema is acquired first. With practice applying this schema to different situations, more schemata can be introduced, so there's sort of a transfer-begets-more-transfer effect.

How to motivate learners

Extrinsically, with carrot and stick. There is an emphasis on negative reinforcement and mastery (get it right before you're allowed to move on). • • • • • • Routine Goals, feedback, reinforcement Individual learning A lot of QA engineering Most lab assignments Heathkits

Intrinsically. The motivation to learn happens when existing knowledge is not sufficient for new situations. • Interactive • Non-routine • Most senior design and capstone/project courses in engineering

What does it look like?

Curricular design How to test So what for design learning?

Sequential based on complexity Tests of knowledge (uniform) • Suggests one right way to do design. Ability is based on a hierarchy of more complex skills. • Expose students to a variety of simple tasks with gradually increased complexity • Likely little creativity, more consistent with technical design

Sequential based on distance from current schemata; general Extended projects (variety of excellence) • Extended design projects • Development of robust schemata such that suggests can handle unpredictable design situations • Opportunities for creativity and cross-disciplinary work

Situated in disciplinary discourse and representation; authentic Participation in inquiry and social practices • Thrust students into disciplinary design processes (through internships or even an apprenticeship model) • Do authentic projects for real clients • Develop disciplinary ways of knowing • Difficulty of developing shared understanding between disciplines Understanding a specific problem for specific people in a specific time and place; helping them.

What is design about?

Getting the right answer! (We'll set criteria beforehand as to what makes an answer “right.”)

Transfer and generalization, making a solution that will work for as many people as possible.

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