Neuroscience and Information Processing

Our focus this week in my course at Walden has been on Neuroscience and Information Processing. Picture4Emphasis was placed on the brain’s functions during different parts of the learning process, including cognitive information processing, information retrieval, and problem solving. This posts will focus on two resources that provides further information on Brain-Based learning, i.e. learning that is based on studies on how the brain works, and information processing.

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Upcoming MOOCs

If the term MOOC is new to you, let me save you a search in Google 🙂 MOOC is short for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs are online courses that are open to an unlimited number of participants. Some MOOCs are non-profit while others are commercial offerings, commercial MOOCs have the same concept but may charge for the course or some aspects of the course.http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathplourde/8620174342/sizes/l/in/photostream/

I participated in my first MOOC at Coursera about two years ago and have registered for several courses since. MOOCs generally have the same rigour as any university level course, so prepare to do some work!

Now, about those upcoming MOOCs… Coursera will be hosting three courses shortly that I thought may be of interest to you.

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Professional Learning Communities

Finding resources on the Internet can be a tedious task, you could spend precious time trying to find the right resource to answer your questions. Continuous learning is the job of every educator and one way to do that today is through learning communities. In this post I will focus on three blogs I’veID Shirt found useful as an Instructional Designer (in training).

  • The Rapid E-Learning Blog (http://blogs.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/) – This is a product from Articulate, the e-learning software and authoring tool which is used by over 48,000 organizations worldwide. I found this resource a few weeks ago when I started investigating a software solution to complete my first project as a Masters’ Student. The blog is hosted by Tom Kuhlmann who has over 20 years’ experience in training. The blog provides practical insight and hands-on tips to creating e-learning courses. Though there is some advertising of Articulate related courses and courses Tom presents, the information provided is for the most part vendor neutral and the content is relevant to the ID professional. Tom posts to this blog weekly and there is an archive with posts from mid-2007 to today.

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Quality Free Courses

The concept of teaching and learning has evolved over the years. Technology has also impacted the way we teach and learn and addresses some issues such as pace and styles of learning. With the advent of Internet 2.0 the resources available on the Internet are vast and can be overwhelming. Here I’ve compiled a list of resources I would recommend that provides good quality free courses.

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