Comment on Reflections on digital learning environments, part one by Cindy Jennings

Yes. Part 2 please!
Ha! Alan, the word “affordance” made me laugh. I once had an administrator tell me to remove/replace the word in a summary description of our department’s work (that included exploring technology affordance) because “people won’t know what that word means”. ????
This post, your comment reminds me of the message I tried to convey in my last couple of conference talks:
that the singular most important “technology” in an online/digital learning environment is the one you see when you look in the mirror. BE in your course … wherever it lives digitally…and YOU will overcome many technical affordance shortcomings. Gardner’s course trailer is a great example of that. I already know from the get go that he cares a lot…to put something like that together…the rest of “engagement” follows!
Nice to chat with y’all again.
Rock on Dr. C.
Looking forward to the next post.

Comment on Reflections on digital learning environments, part one by Alan Levine

I should just say “ditto” to what Cindy just said. It’s a great day when Gardner Writes pops up in the RSS reader with a new post. And if it is “Part One” we can anticipate the sequel.

The term of cognitive psychology “appraisal” is now, though the linked definition seemed more about a response to stress. I’ve always liked the notion of spaces (physical or digital) having the indicators to occupants of “affordance” (one of the last talks I gave Usually associated with functions, I dug back to to psychologist James J. Gibson in his “The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception”

The affordances of the environment are what it offers the animal, what it provides or furnishes, either for good or ill. The verb to afford is found in the dictionary, the noun affordance is not. I have made it up. I mean by it something that refers to both the environment and the animal in a way that no existing term does. It implies the complementarity of the animal and the environment.

I liked that there’s not strictly a good/bad bias to it, and it’s related as much to the space as to the needs, motivations of the people who come there.

It also suggests to be we give way to much power or credit or blame to the space, and less what we do there. What you describe in your approach to phpBB echoes of how I have seen you teach/facilitate in a classroom space, in a seminar, and in online activities.

More dinner party hosting than the design of the dining room.

Part duex, please. Serve it with ketchup!

Comment on Reflections on digital learning environments, part one by Cindy Jennings

So good to see you here. Thank you for writing. I missed your Father’s Day post until now. Thank you for that too.

As always, the best part is seeing your thinking about what you do in your teaching, how it’s grounded…and why thinking this way is so important to create meaningful digital learning environments and experiences. (not that the technical bits aren’t good too).

I do appreciate the course trailer. We used a guided set of experiences from syllabus to distilling out a course’s essence into a trailer in the latter versions of faculty dev work we were doing. Messy, not quick, painfully frustratingly tedious for some. But a joy when the lights came on for some.

Sigh. That was long ago in another lifetime.

In one of life’s marvelous spirals my daughter is about to embark on work shepherding online learning experiences. Of course I’ve already sent her the link to this. I’m delighted to point her here for light sparks to help her find her way.

Keep writing. You teach here as much as anywhere.