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All Presentations for Class

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Have a Wonderful Summer

Just wanted to offer a final post to have a wonderful summer, everyone.  It’s been a pleasure having you in class.

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A Framework for Design and Evaluation of MOOCs

From “Signal”, the blog of Stanford’s Vice Provost for Online Learning: a framework for designing and evaluating MOOCs.

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by | May 30, 2013 · 7:01 pm

Space Bytes (Or, pithy expressions of design philosophies of learning spaces)

  • together alone
  • students learning from students
  • apprenticeship
  • learning as a product
  • out of the box thinking
  • stand on the shoulders of giants
  • learning by doing
  • learning in hiding
  • mobility/versatility
  • staying awake
  • learning by collaboration
  • learning by location / barrier / space defines deliberable / form follows function and function follows form
  • this space is the beating heart of stanford
  • the space has a mood/voice
  • learning as inspiration
  • providing the tools for learning
  • leading a horse to water
  • continuing the legacy
  • learning as identity

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Sound On

In previous weeks, we’ve had some interesting comments about the influence that sound can have on learning experiences in a space.  Check out some of these interesting resources, that use the magic of the web to serve up a pleasing medley of sounds for focused working:

http://soundrown.com/Coffee/ – Coffee shop sounds, rain, waves, and more

http://coffitivity.com/ – just the coffee shop

https://www.focusatwill.com/ – “Focus@will works by playing specific instrumental music tracks in a dynamically generated sequence that help soothe the limbic system (the fight or flight survival mechanism in the brain), so allowing you to concentrate more fully on what you are trying to do.”

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Learning is like

Learning is like a secret handshake for a secret club because the only way you receive it is by already knowing how to do it.

 

 

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Learning is Like

Learning is like growing a new set of teeth–it hurts, and you may have to shift things around to make room in there.

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Metaphors for Learning

What is learning?  Let us know in a metaphor,

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Connecting Thought and Environment

A favorite quote from Keith Basso’s (1997) Wisdom Sits in Places: “Incorporating places and their meanings into a compact model of mental and social development, [one theory of wisdom] proposes that the most estimable qualities of human minds – keen and unhurried reasoning, resistance to fear and anxiety, and suppression of emotions born of hostility and pride – come into being through extended reflections on symbolic dimensions of the physical environment.” (pg. 85)

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Welcome

Welcome to the online home of Designing Learning Spaces.  Posts on this blog are primarily authored by students in the course, who use this venue to create a record of critical experiences, spaces, and literature from our class.

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