[SLED] learning theory help, please.

Larry Thomas ldthomasphd at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jul 23 12:10:28 PDT 2008

I will get RDS now.

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been  
forgotten.   B.F. Skinner

On Jul 22, 2008, at 1:34 PM, "Rick Stevens" <stevens.rick at gmail.com>  

> You might take a look at a learning and memory text and look for the  
> effects of visual input on memory.  Look for something that cites  
> Paivio and his dual process theory.  Also, mnemonic devices like the  
> Method of Loci and related image-oriented mnemonics suggest that  
> spatial location can have a big impact on recall.  SL is a place  
> where you have good control over the spatial location of materials.   
> You can also find some literature on bizaare imagery vs. interactive  
> imagery and their effects on memory.
> I don't know how you would address the adult-child issue in SL.   
> Most material that talks about learning styles (visual vs. verbal  
> vs. tactile) are really only self-reported learning preferences and  
> have no real connection to learning.  The people who report being  
> visual (or whichever) do not actually do better when given  
> information in their preferred way.  I'm not really up on the  
> literature on child-adult memory differences.  It is possible that  
> younger children use visual cues more and become more verbal- 
> oriented as they get older.  However, that is just speculation on my  
> part and it might only apply to children who are so young that it is  
> unlikely that they even get to the Teen Grid.
> One more bit of speculation...  Very young children have smaller  
> short term memory spans.  With vebal info, if it isn't processed it  
> is lost.  The persistance of visual information, as could be  
> arranged in SL, might allow them to process what they could and then  
> go back for more when the material presented was too much for one  
> 'bite'.
> RS
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 1:07 PM, notmarian <notmarian at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
> Hi SLED--
> Does anyone know of any examples of learning theory in-world? I had  
> this question today from a faculty member who is taking one of my  
> beginner workshops and I'm not really sure how to help her:
>  "For my graduate course, I need to have examples of how Second Life  
> focuses on learning theories, whether adults learn differently from  
> children and what are the best conditions for learning. I need to  
> creatively talk about the learning processes in Second Life."
> Any advice appreciated. Thank you so much!
> Denise Cote/Pipsqueak Fiddlesticks
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