The 8 themes- Decoding Learning Report

The Decoding Learning Report identifies 8 themes aimed at increasing learning when combined with ICTs. Each theme contain examples of ICTs that have been tested by teachers or research. In this post I aim to briefly summarise the 8 themes as I understand them and include examples of each.

Theme 1: Learning from Experts

– There is a need to increase dialogue between teachers and students in order to enhance student learning.

– Technology can help to increase dialogue: 1. when teacher and student are in different locations (e.g. studying through USQ online means tutorial and forums there is an increase of dialogue between myself and the lecturer) 2. through visual aids e.g. on an interactive whiteboard. 3. when dialogue acts as the role of the teacher e.g. intelligent teaching systems.

Theme 2: Learning with others

– Learning is enhanced through social interactions with others and technology can support this. There are 4 dimensions to learning with others: Collaborative, Networked, Participation, and Performative.

– Examples of using ICT to support learning with others include using a program to collaboratively create a story with their peers; and using the interactive whiteboard to play a game together– working together to solve a problem.

Theme 3: Learning through making

– Making and sharing things is a great way to learn and technology is a great tool to enhance making and sharing artefacts. Technology allows learners to construct almost anything they can imagine and then they can use technology to share, discuss and reflect on their creation.

– For example: create and edit movies, create story books with images, create art work, create games etc.

Theme 4: Learning through exploring

– Technology brings all information to our fingertips which can sometimes be overwhelming. But technology can also help us filter and find the information we need when exploring.

– For example: exploring the web for more information, using online multimedia programs

Theme 5: Learning through inquiry

– Technology can support inquiry by connecting student’s inquiries to real world contexts. For example learners can use simulation to better understand a situation just as pilots practice flying in a flight simulator.

Theme 6: Learning through practicing

– Practice makes perfect. Technology enables students to practice their skills

– For example: Maths games help students practice their maths skills, language bots can help simulate conversations with learners so they can practice a different language.

Theme 7: Learning through assessment

– Technology can be used to support assessment

– For example: it can be used to compile learning activities such as quizzes, to keep track of student learning, keep a record and present learning progress.

Theme 8: Learning in and across settings

– Knowledge and understanding is improved when students apply their learning from one setting to another. Technology can help to do this.

– For example: programs that can be used at both home and school that contain activities to explore certain aspects of both contexts.

Here is a link to an article on this author’s views on the decoding learning report.


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