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Social multimedia tools such as Vialogues play a crucial role in disseminating information and guiding in the process of informal self-directed learning (SDL). One advantage of such collaborative digital platforms is that they allow users to select and access educational content at their convenience. This implies that these platforms permit flexible and tailored learning environment based on the users’ needs. Likewise, these platforms permit learners to socialize by commenting on the learning content and providing important insights, which sets a foundation for a social network. According to L...
Closing the loop is an automated technique defined as completing “the cycle of system design, deployment, data analysis, and discovery leading back to design” (Liu & Koedinger, 2017). It enables automated detection and intervention if needed, which can be considered a form of feedback. It also allows educators to modify the course content or even create a personalized curriculum or course plan based on the student activity and performance. Consequently, this improves the learning outcomes (Liu & Koedinger, 2017). For instance, Lawson, Beer, Rossi, Moore, and Fleming (2016) elaborated o...
5 months ago
When it comes to self-directed learning (SDL), learners themselves decide which information and skills to acquire. They base their decisions off on the hypothesis created by them. This process is known as hypothesis generation, which is defined as the “formation of candidate explanations or models of a target domain, which then guide reasoning, prediction, and exploration” (Markant, 2018, p. 1). However, this process may be biased due to myriad factors such as perceiving information through one’s own cultural lens, inability to consider a different point of view, prior knowledge and experi...
When it comes to self-directed learning (SDL), learners themselves decide which information and skills to acquire. They base their decisions off on the hypothesis created by them. This process is known as hypothesis generation, which is defined as the “formation of candidate explanations or models of a target domain, which then guide reasoning, prediction, and exploration” (Markant, 2018, p. 1). However, this process may be biased due to myriad factors such as perceiving information through one’s own cultural lens, inability to consider a different point of view, prior knowledge and experience...
A schema is a cognitive framework that aids in organizing and interpreting information. Furthermore, it helps to find relationships between information and knowledge rather than treating each piece of information as an isolated knowledge entity. This is known as knowledge assimilation. Sheu and Wong (2006) have developed a Web-enabled learning tool called Knowledge Assimilation Schema (KAS) in order help business students acquire technical knowledge and skills. It consists of two following components: a knowledge representation framework and a knowledge acquisition process (Sheu & Wong, 20...
We are living in the world when many disciplines became interconnected and learning shifted from its traditional form. With the speed that the new information is thrown at us due to advancement in a technological development, our brain is using shortcuts to capture, process, and retain that information due to a limited cognitive load and working memory capacity. The human working memory can handle seven pieces (plus or minus two) of information at a time. Hence, techniques derived from the Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) are employed and one of these techniques is chunking, which is a natural proc...
8 months ago
Hi Everyone!My name is Anna and I am a newly hired graduate assistant in research. I am part of the Development and Research group. I am also enrolled in the Learning Analytics MS program as a part-time student this semester. I took a Networked and Online Learning course in the Fall 2018 semester, which familiarized me with the EdLab and introduced some of its team members. Some of the projects that I will be working on at EdLab include analyzing Docdel dat...