Week 8: Designing Online Immersive Environments for Higher Education: Current theories and practice

Glen Gatin


Reading, Viewing and Listening Materials

  • In the MOOC spirit of co-created knowledge I am embeding a wiki map of the outline for the Week 8 Session presentation. This map is publicly editable, please feel free to add your ideas and share your knowledge. Conviviality Corners in Second Life will be available for MOOC participants who want to explore the possibilities of online immersive environments for education… and maybe have some fun.



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Creative thinking is very much influenced by our cognitive biases.  While we have discussed creative problem solving and highlighted some of the ways to be and think more creatively, we are often stymied by the inability to come up with new thinking, new ways of approaching problems, despite what we have learned.  Perhaps it would be helpful to look at some of our preconceived, often somewhat “hard-wired” over many years, seemingly inherent biases.  HERE is a link to a list of areas that may be affecting our decision making.

Your challenge this week is to pick 5-7 of these cognitive biases that you think you may be encountering and then work on strategies for overcoming them.  Keep in mind some of the CPS elements we have discussed and read about to this point.

  • Pick a different one each day and spend a bit of time reading into what it is.
  • Then think about times when you may have been affected by this cognitive bias.
  • Now think about strategies by which you could avoid this cognitive bias in the future.

Creative thinking is strongly influenced by breaking the patterns that we inevitably fall into.  Learning to become aware of potential patterns that we may fall into is just as important.