Got my bike, hopped on the CalTrain to SF and spent the day biking around with Matt and his 7 year old daughter – what a cyclist! We even had an incident with an old lady cutting us off because we did not stop at the cross walk.
Main take-away: warning messages are mostly ignored and are starting to be designed differently. They must stand out over system messages in the case of browser vulnerability and other risks that are related to the person’s identity and privacy.
Second half, Stanford’s Dr. Bruce McCandiss, PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, talks about a new field of Educational Neuroscience that can do three important things:
providing a new view on understanding how experts are wired up,
a new view on how children come to a new learning challenge (i.e. reading) with a diverse set of resources and individual differences that matter, and
a way of understanding the mechanisms by which learning experiences can drive changes in mental abilities and brain connections.
With ever-evolging realtime, detailed 3D moving images of the brain working, we start to see where learning happens and most importantly, how it happens. Going off the far end first: will we be able to record learning and then play it back to other learners? What will be the ethical issues of cloning thought processes? Will it be possible to create human drones controlled by a central brain?
On a more practical level, being able to see absence of learning is one major potential application. Imagine if we could assess if a student has learned about a subject or not – without actually testing them – just by talking about the subject. With that, we can then look at their learning profile and attempt to teach about the subject in a way that is more adapted that brain. Formative assessment based on brain visualizations. Just another skill teachers will have to cope with 🙂
The question that remains for me is: how does an adult brain look like when it is learning? How much brain plasticity still remains? How can we improve it? Is the brain really like a muscle that when exercised, it has potential for making more connections?
Oh yes – while we were responding to the lecture, Collin sung a little for us in class:
Did a Fishbowl group activity where we were presented with two ethical dilemmas.
You are running a study with students about cheating. One child talks to their parents about it. The parent calls the dean concerned about ‘cheating’. The dean asks you to provide all the research notes or else the parent will remove their child from the study. What do you do? Surrender the notes? Talk to the parent about it? Group: remove student from study. not surrender notes.
You are running a study on how students fall behind in the college application process. During an interview, a student clearly is going to miss the deadline since they are not aware of it. Do you tell them about the upcoming deadlines and interfere in the quality of the data of your research?
We also talked about our final papers as well as our propositions. Got our feedback from Denise the day after.