Frictionless Learning

CodeBaby_Sarah_ClearBackground_smallI am curious about the multiplicity of factors that support learning in formal and informal settings. My research considers these factors through various lenses and perspectives — motivation, curiosity, creativity, environment, socio-techno, socio-cultural, and cultural-historical. I draw on theoretical frameworks — motivation theories and models — and conceptual frameworks — activity theory, systems and design thinking — to support analysis and identification of opportunities to create frictionless face-to-face, virtual, and blended learning environments.

I conceive “frictionless learning environments” as the integration of optimally structured space, time, resources, and community interaction to support achievement of individual and group learning goals. Environment is considered from an external context and internal context perspective.

My current work centers around merging teaching, learning, and assessment into collaborative, responsive digital spaces.

A Gates Foundation Grant is supporting the development of one of these spaces.  Press Release August 2013,  Business Wire and EdNet Insight.