Video reflection of one of the best weekends of my professional career!
If you look r….e…..a…..l closely, you can see me @2:13, eating lunch with Claudine and Jacques Pepin!
This is worth putting up again as I bet culinary teachers are still cooking dinner…
Have you ever been making something at home and thought to yourself, “I wish I could show this to my students, this is a great example of…”? I have found it’s always more engaging and memorable for students when an example has a personal connection and I believe people are naturally fascinated with what others cook and eat. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a resource showing non-textbook examples and what of connecting with other culinary educators with similar skills and interest? If everyone who wanted to share and create such an archive would post a picture on twitter with a brief description and #EFMOC for #examplesfrommyowncooking this could very simply become a reality. I have posted a pretty good example of onions cooked to the translucent phase, a term that many students find to be confusing. Why don’t you add to this resource the next time you are making…
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In Zen Buddhism there are mental exercises called Koans that encourage practitioners to look at ideas from different angles. One of the most well-known Koans asks “what is the sound of one hand clapping?” and encourages the student to think beyond logical paradox. Creating instruction without the use of text of any kind requires the designer to look at the subject and its diverse details from a completely different perspective by peeling away the complacency of the familiar. It also highlights the separation of the instructional material and the media used to communicate it.
Dr. Richard Clark’s notion that media is no more responsible for learning than the impact that a truck that delivers food to a grocer has on the nutrition of the shoppers (Clark 1983) on the surface seems fanciful and perhaps Luddite given the effort, resources and focus the education community has put on the use of media in the last few decades. Many of his points however are perfectly valid and were brought into great relief by the Koan-like exercise of creating visual-only instructional material. It is the separation of media from instructional method that is the core of Clark’s argument and he asserts that if properly designed, the same outcomes will result regardless of the media used. I believe he is correct that the focus should be on designing instruction using learning theory and cognition and not on the media used to communicate that instruction (Clark 1994). Especially in our present whirlwind of mobile technology that promises to become ever more prevalent and more personalized, it is easy to be swept up in enthusiasm and marketing for the gadget and not pay proper attention to the material being presented.
That being said, pragmatism is called for when optimizing the communication of that material and attention must be paid to presentation. Kozma details the influence that the choice of media can have on facilitating learning, especially the use of graphics and visuals and thier impact on the comprehension of the user dependent upon the user’s personal expertise (Kozma 1991). The media isn’t the message, but it is a tool that has an effect on the user and how they engage with it. There are several different varieties of whisks for specific tasks and all of them will mix, but the context matters in their efficacy. One can make whipped cream with a roux whisk, but it will certainly take longer and has a better chance of becoming butter instead of crème Chantilly.
The future of media is mobile and personal and I predict it is on the cusp of an era where true personalization will be not only technologically possible but affordable. Educators will need to design 360 degree learning materials based on cognitive and learning theory that can then be presented in whatever media best facilitates the learning of the end user. Using a single media is very limiting and not as versatile as multiple media but it does bring the instructional designer to a Beginner’s Mind and allows them to see the essential details of the instructional method behind the presentation.
Clark, R (1983) Reconsidering research on learning from media. Review of Educational Research, 53, No. 4, 445-459. DOI: 10.3102/00346543053004445
Clark, R (1994) Media and methods. Educational Technology Reseach and Development, 42, No. 3, 7-10. DOI: 10.1007/BF02298090
Kozma, R (1991) Learning with media. Review of Educational Research, 61, No. 2, 179-211. DOI: 10.3102/00346543061002179
I saw this program yesterday and it was very well done, informative and engaging. Check it out if you get a chance!
I am delighted to announce tlhat I will be appearing on the first episode of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Set your DVRs now 🙂 There will be repeats so catch those too!
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Was there ever a graduate course subject more perfectly suited to the outcome of my six year sojourn through higher education as an undergraduate at the University of North Texas? As a Radio/TV/Film major I fell in love with images and sound and their elegant efficiency of communication. Much more than a thousand words, media communicate emotions, themes, contexts in an instantly recognizable and understandable format that when well done engages an audience and presents an orchestra of information without them even realizing they are building new connections among their neurons. Add to that a fascination and enthusiasm for computer technology that drove me to teach myself programming (BASIC) as a high school sophomore in 1980 and eventually a minor in computer science and we come happily to the present-day confluence of media and technology.
Now that my life’s path has led to me becoming a teacher, I naturally often turn to media to present complicated information, social/emotional contexts and important points that I want to especially create a memorable impression. One of the first uses of media in my classes is a short video I use on the second day of class, without introduction, I merely ask for their attention and for the lights to be turned off. Click on the link if you dare:
Kitchen Safety Video
The video does all the rest. It instantly leads to a profitable discussion on respecting a possibly dangerous environment and the importance of situational awareness. I use video most often when presenting dining room service as there are so many good clips from television and film that show not only the traditional actions of servers but also the atmosphere and social context that go along with good and poor service. In a much more static vein I have presented labs and recipes in a less traditional mode because of the richness of information that images convey and the ease of following an algorithm presented in a visual storyboard style:
Not only can the student see exactly how each step should look, but the simple novelty of the presentation helps to make it more engaging and more likely to actually be used.
I’m looking forward with great anticipation to learning how to better utilize, present and integrate the power of media into the technological tapestry of the school day and tap into the tools my students are most familiar with and encourage them to become self-motivated learners.
Have you ever been making something at home and thought to yourself, “I wish I could show this to my students, this is a great example of…”? I have found it’s always more engaging and memorable for students when an example has a personal connection and I believe people are naturally fascinated with what others cook and eat. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a resource showing non-textbook examples and what of connecting with other culinary educators with similar skills and interest? If everyone who wanted to share and create such an archive would post a picture on twitter with a brief description and #EFMOC for #examplesfrommyowncooking this could very simply become a reality. I have posted a pretty good example of onions cooked to the translucent phase, a term that many students find to be confusing. Why don’t you add to this resource the next time you are making dinner?
— cheflincoln (@cheflincoln) September 14, 2014