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“IX” Design: Designing for Immersive Experience 

I've been thinking about a new "IX" focus for designers and educators: Immersive (I): Multimedia is used to surround participants. Experience (X): Participant experience is organized by a story. How can these dimensions help participants achieve substantial new knowledge (i.e., information, perspectives, and/or values)? Other elements that seem important: Participant interaction is planned. Sequential elements are planned and rehearsed. This might lead to new sub-genres of …

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Documentaries in the curriculum 

Someone documenting someone! Jeff Frank's article on expanding the educational significance of documentary film (Frank 2013, detail below) is a thoughtful reflection on how film and education can intersect. Frank is a philosopher interested in better understanding education generally, with a specific interest in literature and other narrative texts (I love that he teaches a …

Posted 26 months ago by

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Opening Up Museums 

I really enjoy Nina Simon's blog, and her recent talk is especially exciting: Museum 2.0: Opening Up Museums: My TEDxSantaCruz Talk. With an upcoming year-long exhibition highlighting the 125-year history of Teachers College, EdLab designers are focused on eliciting "audience" participation in our exhibition environment – three floors of Russell Hall (nearly 30,000 sq. ft.!). …

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The Rise of the New Groupthink 

The Rise of the New Groupthink - NYTimes.com I like this discussion, but it misses a key perspective. Cain make a bit of a straw man out of the pro-groupwork crowd. Fair enough, there are plenty of reasons to push back. But here's my spin: cut the part about "creativity" and there are many reasons …

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Epistemic Games… and GAPS? 

This is an intriguing new marketing direction for the Epistemic Games Group: GAPS Games and Professional Simulations is a cooperative group comprised of six research groups across the country. We are headquartered by the Epistemic Games Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Love the idea, dislike the acronym?) Also check out this vialogue featuring Padraig Nash's …

Posted 61 months ago by

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Drawing and an Argument for its Autonomy 

Should the ability to draw be seen as a literacy? Is it sensible to characterize the act of drawing as the reduction of  multi- dimensional events to readable two-dimensional imagery? Last Thursday I was lucky to attend a lecture and conversation by Professors Stephen Farthing and Simon Betts on "The Bigger Picture of Drawing: A New Curriculum …

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The Skinny on the Media Show 

The Media Show – a show produced by EdLab's video team that came out of the After Ed TV project, and a product of Gus Andrews' imagination – recently won the Fair Use Award at the Media that Matters Festival (see the posting here). The particular episode that won the award (above and on youtube) …

Posted 86 months ago by

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The textbook for hip introductions 

I found Shmoop recently, which is a site that lures young learners with the promise of short, "hip" introductions to everything a student needs to know. It's a funny site that seems like it's meant to be a somewhat encyclopedic review of all the topics that might be in a standard curriculum (it calls itself …

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