Identifying challenges to embodied learning in online teacher education at UniSA

Dr Benjamin Kehrwald visited King’s College London in April 2014 and gave a presentation within the series of TEL in Practice Seminars, organized by the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning. With this blog post, he elaborates on his presentation.

My early work trying to understand and apply the ideas of embodied learning led to a combination of conceptual and practical work in the context of teacher education at UniSA.  The following is an excerpt from a case study presented at the Conference on Networked Learning in Edinburgh, April 7-9, 2014.  For the full text, see http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/abstracts/kehrwald.htm Continue reading

Stretch your head: Considering embodied learning in online courses

Dr Benjamin Kehrwald visited King’s College London in April 2014 and gave a presentation within the series of TEL in Practice Seminars, organized by the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning. With this blog post, he elaborates on his presentation.

Further to my visit to King’s College in April 2014, here are a few words about my work with embodiment in technology-mediated learning.  I’ve intentionally avoided ‘taking a stand’ in much of this as there are several points that require consideration, and are worth consider in contexts like yours which I am not intimately familiar with.  Therefore, consider the following a sort of thought exercise, as it was for me when I undertook some of this work.

My ongoing work with embodied learning derives from a practical problem— as an designer and developer of online learning situations, I am confronted with the challenge of supporting not only ‘in the head’ cognitive learning, but also ‘embodied’ learning which is predicated on the interplay of processes of perception, action and interaction with the environment.  Continue reading