Social constructivism, an educational theory originally accredited by Jean Piaget, suggests that experiences are what best fuel knowledge. When we put learning through the ultimate exercise of doing something practical, the ultimate result is a better internalization of the learning material. For example, mixing paints to create different shades of a color will have a stronger impact than reading a book about color theory and being tested on it. Creating opportunities for participation, not only through activity but with other participants as well, is what will have a more lasting effect on a student. This then creates the issue of how we achieve that outcome without extravagant and costly activities. The ever-expanding reach of the online world is creating a […]
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Are college professors using social media? Social Media in Higher Education, a study performed by Pearson, which includes a survey of 1000 college professors, showed that four out of five professors use social media. A little more than half use podcasts, video, wikis, and blogs for their classes. About 30% use social networks to communicate with their students, and almost 25% of the professors had four or more accounts on social networks. However, just 10 to 12 percent of the professors ask students to use social media tools to create something or post comments. Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group, which performed the study with Pearson and New Marketing Labs, stated “At the moment it’s used primarily […]
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