Notes on the Readings in
Adult Learning and the Internet
Edited by Brad Cahoon

Chap 1: "Teaching and Learning Internet Skills"

  • focuses on how adults learn to participate on the Internet as a medium for learning and teaching
  • from data collection:
    1. population of net becoming increasingly diverse and more consistent with general pop.
    2. large proportion are novices.
  • New demands and new resources have providers of instruction for adult ed learning at same time as learners.
  • Very little research on how people learn on net.
  • "Web time" things change so fast that when something is printed it is "yesterday's news."
  • First hurdle for adult learners is compute skill building: keyboard, mouse...
  • Skill building is strongly correlated with duration and frequency of practice.
  • Transfer of skills from one app to another and keep early skills even in the face of a better more efficient way to do it. i.e.arrow keys rather than mouse for example.
  • It is more than the skills though:
    Brandt (1997) reflects a consensus among cognitive scientists and software engineers when he describes Internet skill learning in terms of the construction of mental models that allow the learner to reason about problems, predict probable events, and discover solutions.
  • The Internet is a complex set of skills ever growing and changing adding constantly to cognitive load. in other words it is isnt static.
  • linear learning has had spatil and temporal added to it.
  • The Internet is not like other media and therefore causes difficulty in models to use to describe it. Explaining the how it works is necessary to an extant. It comes by use.
  • Hands On exploration of the Internet.
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