eLearning Trends Week 1: Stuff I read and what I think about it.

Since beginning last week’s readings, I’ve been thinking carefully about how each change model might apply to my current professional undertakings. I am currently an instruction librarian at a small university and have been at the front lines of what I consider to be a significant disruption that is unsurprisingly gradual. My current work directly relates to Everett Roger’s Diffusion Model as well as the facilitative conditions of Don Ely. The impact of technology on education runs concurrently to numerous other changes in colleges and universities such as shrinking budgets, increased enrollment (nationally), more first year students than ever before,…

Scholarly Critique 4: Gaming and Cognitive Style

In the research article “Students’ Reactions to Different Levels of Game Scenarios: A Cognitive Style Approach”, the authors focus on the impact of video game-based learning on students with differing cognitive styles. Using Pask’s schema of holist “whole to part” and serialist “part to whole” cognitive styles (Pask & Scott, 1972), their research process involved observing students of each cognitive style with a game featuring different presentation modalities (text, text with graphic, and context) and testing their ability to process the information (Zhi-Hong, Chen, & Chih-Hao, 2017, p.69). To conduct this experiment, the researchers designed an English vocabulary-focused game consisting…

Friendliness Pellets: Play Journal 4

This entry is about my gaming experience with Undertale­­­ and its unique characteristics that make for an especially satisfying experience. Despite my inconsistent and somewhat diminishing video-gaming habits, I have always had a fondness for role-playing video games (RPGs) and spent significant amounts of time playing them with my brother after elementary school. I discovered Undertale through social media in 2016 and felt determined to give it a try. Although I had an enjoyable experience, I was forced to abandon the game due to increasing professional and academic responsibilities and made a mental note to try it again when the…