This week's readings and discussions for my course at OISE/UT related to "situated cognition." Situated Learning, or SitCog, as it's come to be known in our class, is pretty interesting stuff.
A big part of the equation in online environments, is, of course, the interface itself. The fact that communication is "mediated" by and through computers and connections to the 'net becomes a "design issue" for designers and developers of online-based curriculua.
A continuing interest of mine is how best to share the wealth when it comes to knowledge and learning in online environments. Specifically, how can we best spread the "fluency" of functioning and contributing members of online communities to those "new" to the situation online learning presents.
Here's a link to an online version of one of this past week's readings:
Wilson, B. G. & Madsen Myers, K. (1999)
Situated Cognition in Theoretical and Practical Context.