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The DIRT for Aug 6-10, 2018

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know – Blog Post by Heather Stafford

Written by Nadani Dixon

Heather Stafford, Multimedia/Curricular Technologist at Middlebury College, published a blog post entitled We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know that synopsizes Chapter 3 of  How People Learn: Brain Mind, Experience and School from the National Research Council. This is a text that has consistently been used in her education classes and is crucial when assessing a learning design. Heather finds Chapter 3: Learning and Transfer most fascinating and impactful and thus, in the blog post,  includes a few of the quotes from the text that has resonated with her:

“All new learning involves transfer based on previous learning, and this fact has important implications for the design and instruction that helps student learn.” (p. 53)

“Transfer is affected by the degree to which people learn with understanding rather than merely memorize sets of facts…” (p. 55)

“…learning cannot be rushed; the complex cognitive activity of information integration requires time.” (p. 58)

Heather also shares her biggest takeaway – “We don’t know what we don’t know” and applies it to when “a teacher dives into a lesson with a preconceived notion of what pre-existing knowledge all students have to build upon…”

Check out the blog post to read more on Heather’s biggest takeaway and some helpful methods for encouraging transfer.


Digital Pedagogy Lab

Digital Pedagogy Lab is a learning and teaching event, “primarily concerned with the facility of online and digital learning, and especially with the ways that educational technology and instructional design make space for, or do not make space for, student agency and liberative pedagogies.” It was established in 2015 “as an opportunity to provide in-depth dialogue and practical experience to educators working in under-theorized digital learning spaces.”

The 5-day Lab was held July 30-August 3, 2018, in Fredericksburg, VA, at the University of Mary Washington. We had a mighty DLINQ and Middlebury contingent represented this year.

Middlebury representatives, from left: Joe Antonioli, Amy Slay, Amy Collier, Evelyn Helminen, Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Amy Morsman, Netta Avineri, Bob Cole
Middlebury representatives, from left: Joe Antonioli, Amy Slay, Amy Collier, Evelyn Helminen, Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Amy Morsman, Netta Avineri, Bob Cole

Here are the Middlebury attendees and the one-day workshops and four-day tracks they attended:

In the coming weeks, many of the attendees will be sharing their reflections from the Lab. Keep an eye on the DIRT for “the dirt” about their experiences.


Curricular Tech Faculty Resources from DLINQ: A Reminder


DLINQ has resources for Middlebury faculty as they begin to prepare for the fall semester, especially if they are interested in exploring digital tools for teaching and learning.

Our self-paced online training can be reviewed any time before or after arrival on campus. It centralizes the information you need to make use of curricular technology at Middlebury. It includes information about activating your Middlebury account and connecting to various services, and takes you through some of the most common teaching resources used at Middlebury.

Check it out here!

Questions? Reach out to us at dlinq@middlebury.edu


Dig Deeper:

“Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow. 
– Zora Neale Hurston 


Featured Image by Alex Blajan on Unsplash

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