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other assumptions

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There are other assumptions bout Open Learning Environments




(1)Instruction, traditionally operationalized, is too narrow to support varied learning requirements. Hannaffin& Land, 1997)



Open learning Environments focus on cultivating problem-solving skills in

authentic context, promoting flexible knowledge and thinking skills.(Spiro et al.,1991), as well as understanding of multiple perspectives.( Language Development and Hypermedia Research Group, 1992)


         Web 2.0 tools like Blogglines, Facebook and wiki, encouraging participation, collaboration and sharing contribute to the promotion of knowledge and multiple perspectives of understanding, thus meet different learning needs. With Frappr, learners could make their personalized map and put any information or photos in the map. Through extended investigation and experience, learning is best achieved.( Hannaffin& Land, 1997)


(2)Learning environments need to support underlying cognitive process, not solely the product, of understanding. (Hannaffin& Land, 1997)


      Web 2.0 tools, like Frappr, Blog, Wiki, CMAP, are process-oriented tools. Take wiki for example, in our group, we posted our ideas for the topic into our own wiki pages. Anybody could edit the information in the pages and the history of the article can be still tracked. What’s more, from other’s comments and pages, I could think differently and understand the topic better. Wiki is not only a platform of learning products, but also a platform for me to promote my cognitive engagement.


(3)Understanding is best supported when cognitive processes are augmented, not supplanted, by technology. (Hannaffin& Land, 1997)


     In OLEs, learners are able to use resources and tools to extend their thinking and understanding.



  Blogglines and Facebook make communication among different online communities possible so that the voices from different perspectives stimulate our thinking and understanding evolves continuously. In a class activity, we were asked to use CMAP to have concept mapping collaboratively and synchronously, my thinking goes further when others’ ideas popped up in the map. I had more ideas than before.


  Web 2.0 tools , in most cases, support or alter, but not supplant cognitive progress.



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