Core Mechanics – bye bye

Decided to drop (not take) Core Mechanics – although the topic is very interesting, it is not a requirement for me since I alredy took Understanding Learning Environments and because it is heavily based on a book, which from what I’ve read so far, is pretty self-explanatory. More time to dedicate to the other course which are going to be heavy both in terms of reading, group work, off-campus site visits, and final projects – not to mention the need to focus on my Master’s project plan and finding an internship for next quarter.

Core Mechanics – Week 2 – General Notes

This class uses a book written by the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and his 2 research assistants (our teachers for the course) Schwartz, D. L., Tsang, J. M., & Blair, K. P. (forthcoming Feb. 2016). The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them.  W. W. Norton. Daniel L. Schwartz, Jessica M. Tsang, Kristen P. Blair Class Topics: A is for Analogy B is for Belonging C is for Contrasting Cases D is for Deliberate Practice E is for Elaboration F is for Feedback G is for Generation H is … Continue reading “Core Mechanics – Week 2 – General Notes”

Core Mechanics – Week 1 – Reading Notes

Reading Brown, A. L., & Kane, M. J. (1988). Preschool children can learn to transfer: Learning to learn and learning from example. Cognitive Psychology,20(4), 493-523. Summary Studies on how learning can happen through only one or few examples, both for children and machine learning. Explaining the one example leads to greater transfer, vs just looking at the example. Learn by teaching. “In this series of studies we examined whether young children can abstract a general rule from examples and, if so, whether their learning is influenced by their ability to explain why the concept is an instance of the rule.” Mental Notes … Continue reading “Core Mechanics – Week 1 – Reading Notes”

Core Mechanics – Week 1.2 – Class Notes

(insert class slides here) Transfer: Applying a skill learned in one context in a different one Relational reasoning must occur to overcome different surface features. For it to occur, one must be able to understand the underlying structure or “deep features”. Negative Transfer – when you use a ‘learned’ skill in an analogous situation incorrectly. Analogies: How to increase creativity using analogies? Analogies in scientific discovery are usefull to tangibilize abstract concepts Kepler – speed of planets to derive gravity Dunbar – biological analogies Strong prior knowledge is essential for creating effective analogies Learning facts therefore sometimes is needed Exercise: … Continue reading “Core Mechanics – Week 1.2 – Class Notes”

Core Mechanics – Week 1.1 – Class Notes

Syllabus:  Notes: Core Mechanics come from the Game world – what are the mechanics that a user goes through while playing a game – and the course looks at how there mechanics apply to learning. We’re going to look at the “ABC’s of How we Learn” – a book our TA’s and Dan Schwartz wrote. TAs: Kristen Blair & Jessica Tsang A is for Analogy Learn from examples H is for Hands On Educations works nest when all the partes are working: Teacher <-> Students <-> Parents F is for Feedback Not all feedback is good… be carefull or thoughtfull … Continue reading “Core Mechanics – Week 1.1 – Class Notes”