Educational reforms mostly based on ideology, best guesses and hope

According to Professor Emeritus Larry Cuban at Stanford University educational reforms to a large extent is based on political hype that is characterised by unrealistic expectations. This is the conclusion of a study of 23 American educational reforms. From this perspective Professor Gunnel Colnerud at Linköping University in Sweden writes …

External Motivation Part 6: How tutors can motivate eLearners

The road to become an effective eLearner means gain the ability to use technology to her own advantage e.g. in order to able to create her own personal learning environment. Here is one of the fields where generation differences are shown as was indicated in this article-series first part. In …

Why isn’t there any R&D for better schools?

There is a lot of political discussions in most countries about education. Mostly from a determination to keep the old instrumental vision of knowledge from the Industrial Society running without that much of a competition. With this background Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the US …

External Motivation Part 5: How a tutor can motivate eLearners

The following four components show how tutors can motivate eLearners. They have been constructed after an analysis of several studies that is based on eLearners experience of online-learning. Despite significant differences in comparison with traditional education the tutor is a very important part in the learning-process according to eLearners. But …

External Motivation Part 4: Balance formal & informal learning

The successful e-course-tutor is a good marketer of the course’s different parts as well as technical tools and creates a ”culture” that encourage activity, give options to many alternative forms of support and shows the aims with the course. This means that the challenge for the tutor is to introduce …

Intrinsic Motivation Part 3: Driving-forces and eLearning

Cognitive science shows that the more senses that are involved when you are learning the more you remember. With this conclusion a well-developed eLearning environment will become a perfect starting-point for learning. This is improved by the prospects of developing content that besides qualitative knowledge-creation also intend to empower the intrinsic …

Intrinsic Motivation Part 2: Emotion and rationality

In western philosophy, there is a strong tendency to separate common sense from emotion. The school-system is one of the most apparent examples on this profound misapprehension.  Professor Peter Gärdenfors writes: ”Without emotional evaluation of different activities and their consequences, our will would not have any direction.” This means that …