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Constructivist Learning Environment (CLE)
The (Advanced Instructional Design) course provides students with the knowledge and skills for designing and facilitating highly contextualized, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences based on the principles of constructivism, situated cognition, and connectivism. Readings expose students to a range of epistemological and theoretical perspectives as evidenced by instructional design literature and applications.
The focus is on grounded or theory-based design. The course emphasizes the design of online or technology-supported learning environments (TSLEs) using a variety of pedagogical models such as situated learning, anchored instruction, problem-based learning, cognitive apprenticeship, and cognitive flexibility hypertext.
The Criteria and Application of a Constructivist Learning Environment (CLE)
In groups, students will (a) identify theoretical principles and instructional characteristics of Constructivist Learning Environments (CLEs) based on OER for this assignment, (b) contrast these to the theoretical principles and instructional characteristics of Objectivist Learning Environments (OLEs), (c) find and share an example of a CLE that is technology supported and subscribes to the CLE principles and characteristics identified, and (d) critique the extent to which the selected CLE example embodies the principles of constructivism.
The end product for this assignment is a 20- to 25-minute in-class presentation that describes the findings of the group with respect to these items.
Examples of Constructivist Learning Environments Creteria and application
Each student will select a constructivist-based pedagogical model (e.g., cognitive apprenticeship, a community of practice, situated learning, problem-based learning) or an instructional strategy (e.g., collaboration, articulation, scaffolding, problem solving) and write a research brief based on the 5 Things You Need to Know About this topic: (1) What is it? (2) How does it work? (3) Who is doing it? (4) How effective is it? (5) What are its implications for instructional design? References should include course readings as well as new empirical research related to the selected model or strategy.
Students in this course had an assignment to write a research brief based on the 5 Things You Need to Know About this topic:
(1) What is it? (2) How does it work? (3) Who is doing it? (4) How effective is it? (5) What are its implications for instructional design? References should include course readings as well as new empirical research related to the selected model or strategy.
Examples of students' research brief papers are in following. You have permissions to re-use, revise, remix, and share it.
Designing a Technology Supported Constructivist Learning Environment (TSCLE)
Individually or in small groups, students will select a constructivist based pedagogical model or the meaningful learning characteristics and will apply a grounded design approach i.e. the Meaningful Online Learning Design Framework to develop a prototype of the TSCLE for a specific target audience and learning content. The prototype will demonstrate how supportive, dialogic, and exploratory instructional strategies are implemented.
Examples of TSCLE design and prototype.