I appreciated the overall quality of writing and the accurate connections made between the features of the material analyzed and behaviorist principles. I was also impressed with the speculations made regarding why Skinner's teaching machines never really made it. The general consensus was that "... lack of teacher-student interaction is the most likely reason." This is an interesting conclusion, and one that should be considered as educators shift from traditional face-to-face environments to online experiences in this age of pandemic. It seems likely that next year will include some measure of distance learning, and recognizing the importance of student-teacher interaction should inform how educational leaders and teachers should go about planning such experiences!
A few students even went beyond the surface of Project #1, providing some very insightful and critical analyses of specific resources and how behaviorist principles might help explain their shortcomings. For example, one student reflected on the Accelerated Reader [AR] program with a very critical lens, drawing the following very insightful conclusion:
This type of insight is very refreshing, and I encourage all of you to proceed through the rest of your program with this type of attitude toward the status quo.
OK...that was Project #1. This week, you continue your study of Cognitivism. culminating in two important goals:
The practice items for Exam #2 are now available for you to complete. Don't forget to post any questions you might have about individual items on the practice page.
And keep in mind the important due dates for this week:
As always, please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance with anything!