Week 2 of Online Blended Learning

This week's Lesson on Couseara is on "Brain and Motor Development." The lesson starts by stating the fact that "brain development starts the third week after conception." I have heard this fact before, but every time I hear it, I am just so amazed by how soon the brain starts to develop and how long the brain development period is. The brain is a truly amazing topic to learn about! The teacher ties this lesson back to last weeks as he explains, both gene development and input play a role in the development of the brain. That being said, the development of our brain is not predetermined. The Professor then explains how the brain begins to form at the end of the second week as an embryo. The Professor explains the formation starts with Germ Cells; this consists of three layers of cells, each cell having a different disposition for development.  The Professor goes on to explain how the formation of cells continues. 

Overall I found this lesson again to be very interesting. Even though it was a tricky topic being covered this week, I felt as though I was able to follow along. I think what made this possible was the easy to understand diagrams that were incorporated into the video. If I was only reading all of the information this week, I wouldn't have learned as successfully as I did. 

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Nicole,

      I was really intrigued by this insight:

      I think what made this possible was the easy to understand diagrams that were incorporated into the video. If I was only reading all of the information this week, I wouldn't have learned as successfully as I did. 

      You have really made the case for multi modal methods of both presentation of content and representation of learning.

      I would love to know more about your experiences with the mechanics of the course itself.

      • Susan Granata
        Susan Granata

        Nicole. do you think the video was more helpful than a textbook? I ask because textbooks insert diagrams, and I wonder if the format of being able to study the diagram while a lecturer walked you through the key parts of it was most helpful, or if it's the same as reading text and exploring a diagram on your own.

        • Nicole Tartaglia
          Nicole Tartaglia

          Hi Susan, 

          I did find it more helpful as parts of the diagram were able to be highlighted, circled, added or zoomed in on while being discussed rather than just being a still image next to the information. 

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