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Shifting to Visual Teaching

Posted: January 13, 2015 in Home posts

An article by Timothy Gangwer (via Teachthought) where focus is given to visual learning as a creative and engaging way to involve students.

«It is hard to ignore that the generation of children now moving through our educational system is by far the most visually stimulated generation that system has ever had to teach. Having grown up with cable television, video games, computer software that educates and entertains, and the Internet, our children are truly visual learners coming of age in an increasingly visually oriented world.»

A well known diagram is presented with a scale of learning through senses, how much we learn from reading, hearing, seeing, writing and doing.


It’s not particularly new but the Web technologies make it easier to produce powerful and sophisticated visualizations (i.e. Guide to produce animated infographics –The Internet in 2015) and the Maker Movement is on its way to promote how to produce new inventions and doing things.


There’s always a minority that won’t be able to benefit from these powerful visual media – blind people and those with severe low vision -, for them the transcripts and text-to-speech tools will be crucial.

Based on the readings of the recent publication Teaching Crowds, opened by its authors Dron&Anderson, I started a series of videos on some of its chapters, citing some sentences and paragraphs, run over Videoblocks clips and music from Free Music Archive:



An article in Around the Corner Blog – Adult Learners: Facilitating Social Learning Experiences

Approaches to facilitating adult learning, based around a structure of eight ‘tips’:

  1. Address the logistics of the course in your course materials
  2. Personalize your online learning environment with multimedia
  3. Develop and share materials with potential participants
  4. Set up forums that address the “social dimension” of introducing people and getting to know each other, as well as forums for dealing with technical aspects
  5. Remember to scaffold and support learning conversations rather than dominate them
  6. Don’t be afraid to pull in guest speakers
  7. Avoid long discussion posts, as well as posts that feature a lot of questions
  8. Encourage people to discover each other’s strengths and what they each have to bring to the table

An extensive article by Stephen Downes in his blog Half an Our about «Open Education, MOOCs and Opportunities», an overview of open resources, content licencing and open courseware along the last decades, and more recent MOOCs’ movement.

An interview by Stephen Downes in Armenia about MOOCs and Open Learning .

An article in e-Literate blog about open access of academic publications and publishers re-orientation towards the software market.

A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER

An article by Tony Bates on MOOCs assessment tools

An article in Athabasca University news about a book «Teaching Crowds» written by two of its professors Jon Dron and Terry Anderson about «their own vision for online learning, one that considers social software. They call it networked learning, and in their book they explain how the model is derived from their observations about crowds of learners and how they benefit from one other’s actions.»

PDF to download –

A comparison of xMOOCs and cMOOCs by Tony Bates in his blog –

Washington Post has published an article about a study by MIT that finds:

«Students in a free online physics course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrated roughly equal learning gains if they stuck with the class, regardless of previous academic experience, researchers reported Tuesday.

Their progress also was comparable to what some MIT students showed when they were required to take the introductory course on campus as a remedial measure.

The findings offer evidence that “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, can be an effective way to teach a broad range of people from around the world who want to learn from top-flight universities without paying tuition.»