E-Learning Design – Part 4 – Learning through Collaboration

What is Social Constructivism?

As learning theories, constructivism and social constructivism have much in common. In fact, as we alluded to above, some educators see them as being one and the same. However, the difference between the two is that social constructivism places an emphasis on the collaborative nature of learning, highlighting the importance of cultural and social influences.

Social Constructivism – Learning through collaboration

Initially developed by a cognitivist named Lev Vygotsky, social constructivism sees learning as being an ‘active process’ (that is, more than just the passive absorption of new information) in which a person’s interactions with others (including peers, family, and – in a formal context – teachers or trainers) have a significant impact on their learning. These interactions – along with the influence of the learner’s cultural and social environments – shape the way that the learner’s knowledge and understanding is constructed.

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15 common mistakes teachers make teaching with Technology

The role of technology in learning isn’t entirely clear–or rather, is subjective.

While it clearly is able to provide access to peers, audiences, resources, and data, it also can be awkward, problematic, distracting, performing more strongly as a barrier to understand than anything else. Why this happens also isn’t clear, but there are some common patterns and missteps to look for while designing or evaluating a learning process.

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The Power of Parenting for Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves acquiring and effectively applying the knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions….


While teaching skills like empathy, active listening and collaborative problem solving, schools are simultaneously preventing unhealthy, high risk behaviors including school violence…


Here are some ideas:

Begin at home. Partner with your child’s teacherPartner with your school.Advocate.

by Jennifer Miller 

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8 Tenets of Good Company Culture—Does Yours Have Them?

Dan Ratner and Jason Kunesh want to make positive change in the world. More, they want to revolutionize philanthropy—and their new online donation platform and social network, Public Good, is helping them do it. Public Good is like a central home base for charities helping nonprofits meet new donors and volunteers, and raise more money and awareness by making online fundraising easy and accessible.

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