Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Can you share that with the other kids please?

"The Nine Events of Instruction"

Slide share and diigo and other sharing tools are kind of interesting and I am still trying to wrapt my head around them...what drives their creation (need, $$$, hobby?) and use and what is the market for these tools. I checked out slide share. and ran across some interesting presentations:

Robert Gagne's nine events of instruction are said to be linked to the learning process and they are:

a. Gain Attention
b. Inform Learner of Objectives
c. Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning
d. Present Stimulus Material
e. Provide Learner Guidance
f. Elicit Performance
g. Provide Feedback
h. Assess Performance
i. Enhance Retention and Transfer

So I don't know how much I agree with these but they seem intuitive and hard to argue against. I wonder if there are other models that have been tested and compared. It seems to me to be very simliar to explaining the what, how, where, and when to do something giving demos, practicing, evaluating and re-practicing and what you do as an instructor to make these things effective. The ancient prophet king, Benjamin, said, "And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may awalk guiltless before God—I would that ye should bimpart of your substance to the cpoor, every man according to that which he hath, such as dfeeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants (Mosiah 4:26)." Surely we can share Gospel oriented slide shows with others and be involved in commenting and encouraging/sharing those slide shows that will help people understand the Church and gospel and clear up the mountains of confusion in the world.
In using Diigo to highlight and annotate Chalan's blog I ran into a bunch of errors and it was not as user friendly as I would have hoped. However, if I were doing some continuos research or working on a long term project I could see how helpful this tool would be.

As far as analytics...people are making a load of money off of them. I tried to get some web amalytics set up for my blog and I could not do it. For a while I was looking into blogging as a means to drive web traffic and get advertisements to make a little money. Particularly with Web analytics were crucial to get business and advertisers. I wonder if the Church uses any web analytics to identify the type of people checking out and help improve and cater to them.

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