Archive for February, 2014

SAMR Model

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday in my internet travels, I discovered the SAMR model. The Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition Model provides a framework to view how computer technology might impact teaching and learning.

Substitution refers to using computer technology to do the same task as was done prior to its use. For example simply putting recording a training lecture and putting online.

Augmentation refers to using technology to perform common tasks, such as taking the quiz online. Typically will augment non computer technology in teaching and learning.

Modification Represents a step toward greater, more inclusive use of computer technology. Common learning and teaching tasks are accomplished through the use of technology.

Redefinition entails using technology to do tasks that were previously not possible. For example creating a classroom video to post on

On a continuum, the model shows the level of computer technology in learning and teaching.

My takeaways from the model are:

  1. It provides an easy useful framework to categorizing learning and training
  2. Modification and Redefinition might allow for deeper learner participation
  3. In general it does not seem dissonant with adult learning theory
  4. M and R will probably increase learner’s acquisition and application of material
  5. Shifts towards M and R will require the teacher/facilitator to have technology skills (basic programming, multimedia, strong understanding of programs online, etc). Technology oriented skills.
  6. M and R integration assume learner’s have some basic computer skills (word processing, web searching, emails, message boards/forums, attachments).
  7. Applicable to online learning/eLearning. I would guess that a considerable amount of eLearning content falls into the S or A categories.
  8. M and R have some power to reshape learning, design, and user experience. S and A will always be around, likely necessary, and are more or less useful.
  9. Highly applicable to training and development.
  10. Useful in areas outside of learning and teaching such as innovation, technology, management, etc.

As I reflect on the model, I’m sure I will see other ways it can be used.

Additional information on the model can be found  at  or

Categories: eLearning

Sunday Morning

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment

It is sort of a directionless Sunday morning.

Research ideas, I am thinking about:

  • MOOCs, types of courses offered, who offers, who takes, etc.
  • Peer-to-peer learning and learning communities and whether evolve in the absence of any formal institutions. Institutions an idea from my political science days that I can’t seem to shake.
  • mLearning

New things I have discovered:

  • The SAMR model, I never thought of this, well maybe I did, but didn’t have the framework. Interesting.
  • Smartbuilder for designing custom eLearning

Websites, I have visited:

Time to be productive or at least feel like it.






February 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Hemingway where were you when I was an undergrad? Drunk? In Africa? Doesn’t matter.

The HemingwayApp is designed to improve writing. The application can be found at .

I plan on using the application for shorter writing like emails, blog posts, forum replies.

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February 15, 2014 Leave a comment

My MS paper has been approved. One final step, which is to complete a training and jump through some Northern Michigan University (NMU) bureaucratic steps.

The training I am developing will be on a few free internet applications that can be used for training. There are some good free tools out there for training such as wikis, screenr, etc. With a little creativity, many apps out there can be leveraged for training or performance improvement. I will be posting the training on Udemy within the next few weeks.

I am excited about gaining access for NMU library resources again. I am planning to mine the hell out of all things related to training and development. Exciting.

I am planning to do some writing as well as to continue trying to teach myself programming. Recently, I have started learning about Java.

My goal is to be more active in training and development through writing, employment, and future educational pursuits.


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February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

My MS degree project was completed, submitted, and approved. Two more steps register for Psychology 590 and design a training.

For the training, I am going to use Udemy. Udemy is online program (free) that allows a person to design, develop, and administer training. I have a few ideas for the training. I need to complete my outline, objective, and the learning template (I love templates).

It is finally going to happen. No more nightmares about not completing it! I am exciting to begin pursuing other endeavors.