For the final reading in the pedagogy 3-part series we will take a look at social constructivism. (For an overview of learning theories, click here.)
For background information about constructivist theory and other references from this month's reading, please see the links below.
- Jerome Brunner and Constructivism
- Social Constructivism
- Lev Vygotsky (Zone of Proximal Development)
- Jean Piaget (accommodation, assimilation)
- Situated Learning
- Authentic Instruction
- Situating the Zone of Proximal Development by Marsh and Ketterer
- What is the role of the instructor in constructivist theory? What is the role of the student? Think of an example of constructivist teaching on this campus. Does this instruction use educational technology?
- Is distance education inferior to face-to-face instruction? Is learning inhibited or promoted by distance learning technologies? Why or why not?
- What is your personal learning theory? How does this affect your role as a DATC? Does it impact the way that you teach faculty about technology? Does it influence your choice of technologies in teaching?