Hard Fun: A Case Study on a Community Problem Solving Learning Resource

Hard Fun: A Case Study on a Community Problem Solving Learning Resource

Colette Wanless-Sobel (Inver Hills Community College, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-340-1.ch021
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Abstract

Current pedagogical theory promotes deep learning environments in online instruction as well as authenticity. This chapter discusses the pedagogical framework, academic issues and logistics of a deep learning resource that is “hard fun,” to use a phrase of Seymour Papert, because it challenges and immerses students in real life learning environments through community problem solving. Success of the learning resource is largely due to the intrinsic motivation and cognitive engagement afforded through civic engagement, allowing students to pursue personally relevant knowledge in familiar milieus, their residential communities. Technology plays a role in increasing intellectual self-esteem and digital literacy by allowing students the opportunity to become bloggers and Web publishers.

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