Learning by Design

This morning I sat down to do some reading. Willingham’s point of view that teachers are better off applying Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) to content versus students got me thinking about eLearning and the principals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) (www.cast.org) argues that accessible curriculum and instruction can be achieved by building in multiple means of presentation, expression and engagement. Essentially, UDL is flexible enough to ensure that even the most diverse learners can achieve. In some ways it reminds me of MI as UDL also is mindful of individual intelligences. eLearning and mobile-learning curriculum approaches promise to engage students in new and innovative ways. In some ways, mobile devices and apps have already delivered on this promise and many young learners use apps in self-directed learning activities. However, in order for teachers to be able to fully utilize these curricular approaches they will also need realistic ways to map out standards to systematically teach content across the core areas.  Essentially, eLearning must be flexible. But it also needs to be precise with respect to content delivery and learning objectives and outcomes. This is at the point that I then lost an entire afternoon to random web searching and you-tube tutorials on the differences between HTML5 and Flash.  My reason for going off in that direction was because of the controversy surrounding the capabilities of each with respect to designing interactive and engaging mobile learning experiences. I seem to have wasted a lot of time just to find out that there are a lot of emotionally charged opinions out there. But essentially, it would seem that there are some fallacies circulating about Flash in great part do to this Apple post: Thoughts on Flash (http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/). I learned that Flash apparently does work well on mobile touch screen devices. See this post: Flash Works On Touch-Based Devices (http://www.leebrimelow.com/?p=2027 ). And that although HTML5 may be the future, it is not there yet so Flash is still useful to many. See this post: Is HTML5 Ready for eLearning Development? (http://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/index.php/2010/05/05/is-html5-ready-for-elearning-development/) .

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