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Happy Memorial Weekend to those who are celebrating!
Every Thursday I attend (online), the Future Trends in Technology and Education hosted by Dr. Bryan Alexander, professor at Georgetown University. I’m mentioning this because this week’s post I’m going to introduce one of the forum’s guests, Dr. David Wiley whose article I’ve linked below and also a link to the Future Trends Forum. David has incredible insight on instructional design, and his interests and experiences might be of interest to you. David has vast experience in education , and I’ll point out some of his insights in learning and ID.
David’s Key Thoughts on Resource Differences
I’ve written previously about the difference between informational resources and educational resources. Wikipedia and other encyclopedias are informational resources. Reference materials and technical documentation are informational resources. The overwhelming majority of textbooks are primarily informational resources.
What distinguishes an educational resource from an informational resource is that the latter shows some intentional application of knowledge about how people learn. I have previously argued that the minimum amount of effort you could invest to convert an informational resource into an educational resource was to add practice with feedback.
I then held tenure-track faculty appointments at Utah State University and Brigham Young University, where I taught courses in instructional design, grant writing, open education, social entrepreneurship, social media in education, and other subjects. As an adjunct, I most recently taught IPT 693, Introduction to Open Education at BYU and MKT 485, Startup Academy at Marshall.
Every Thursday 2-3 PM EST
Please feel free to comment, discuss and share your thoughts about resource differences.