Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tinkering with the Trivium

We discussed how our platforms were an integral part of the activities and contributed to the learning process (of both the students and instructors). Bass and Elmendorf suggest that at the heart of their theory of "social pedagogies" is the development of "authentic tasks," which allow for the "representation of knowledge for an authentic audience" and contributes to the "construction of knowledge in a course" (2). We found that our activities necessitated the creation of an authentic audience, which is crucial for the process of peer and individual learning. There were several challenges that we faced such as timely responses/feedback, lack of participation/promoting discussion, and lack of in-depth responses. The solution is to assign cross-section pairings and use platforms that facilitate interactivity collaboration, and accountability.

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