Developmental Patterns for learning the Internet

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Every learning incident can be viewed in terms of the three ever present domains of human behavior. Namely the Affective Domain (feelings), the Cognitive Domain (thinking) and the Sensory-motor Domain (doing). Here in Cyber-Space and more specifically the Cyber-Community of the Generational Curriculum I have been able to learn about the Internet a little more quickly because I have been able to see these three domains of others self-witnessing reports and under stand certain aspects of the learning process in the context of the Internet. Here are a few examples of each domain from the generational curriculum students quest to learn about the internet and cyber-tronic communications.

The Affective Domain (feelings phase)

"This Internet stuff can sure be frustrating ", said Denise Tanaka
"I felt high in anxiety ", said Cheryl Choe
"When I first got on the Internet, I felt confused and disoriented.", said Christina Kealoha
"In our first week of class, I felt very lost. ", said Shane Akagi

Each of these statements reflect the affective domain of the learning trail that the person is going through at the time. They "feel"a certain way. These feelings in turn lead to thoughts and ideas (the Cognitive Domain). This affective-cognitive connection or A-C connection for short is a vital part of the learning process because it leads to your respective actions ( senory-motor domain ).

The Cognitive Domain(thinking phase)

"realizing that nothing catastrophic will happen if I push the wrong button was an important first lesson.",saidLinda Wong
Nitsa McCarthy said,"My first goal was to read my classmates weekly reports"
Karla Dias said, "I knew that I needed to spend more time on the computer."

All of these statements reflect the cognitive domain or thinking phase of learning the Internet. The students have had certain feelings that have lead them to these cognitive standpoints. They're thinking about what's going on. These thoughts however are dependant on the affective phase and form the rational for doing things (the sensoy-motor).

The Sensory-Motor Domain (actually doing)

Michelle Ota writes,"it's there somewhere, you just need to look."
Rahnelle Ring writes, "I wasn't very interested in what I said. I did take some notes and also book marked it for future reference."
Christie Forsythe writes,"Icould not find anything specifically on ghosts."
Carol Alamares writes,"I've tried again and again to upload my word processing documents and regardless of what I do or whose directions I follow the end result is the same, no document."

Each of these quotes illustrates an aspect of the sensory-motor domain of learning the Internet. Students are actually doing something that affects their learning or commenting on something they did or could do in learning about the Internet. It is important to note that the sensory-motor phase of learning is directly a result of the affective and cognative domains. Positive feelings and thoughts ( positive A-C connections ) form positive actions because the sensory-motor domain erupts out of the affective and cognative domains. The opposite is also true however.

The Process of Learning the Internet

Overall the process of learning about the Internet is made easier by the Generation Curriculum because you get to have the benefit of other's experience. Hopefully by reading about other's mistakes and also successes each of us can gain a better understanding for the Internet in a shorter amount of time and with less frustration along the way.

I benefited greatly from being able to read others failures and successes and I learned a lot about what it takes to be successful with computers. At first I was overwhelmed by the topics and all the different commands that you need to know. I found out though that the only way to learn them was to put some time in every day using the computer. I said to my self that if others could do it I could do it too. This allowed me to feel good about spending time on the computer ( the affective) which lead to me thinking that I REALLY COULD get an A in the class ( the cognative ) which inturn lead to me doing very well and learning a whole lot (I'm confident I'll get an A too).

Advice From A Witness Who Has Gone Through It

For all of you who are now becomming part of the generational curriculum I have several bits of advice to you. Never feel like you don't understand. That only leads to you thinking that you can't be successful and if you think you can't do it then you won't. What you need to do is to take pleasure in learning one thing at a time. Start with little things like E-mail and net surfing. This will allow you to feel good about yourself and your progress. You can then have happy, positive thoughts which will lead to productive actions like haveing your own web page.

You also have to watchout for negative A-C connections and the negative feelings and thoughts that come with them because the will lead to negative actions that won't be of any benifit. In fact negative A-C connections will hinder your progress and keep you from attaining your full potiential. This is extra important in Dr. James class. I had A friend that took 459 with me but droped out because he was caught up in negative A-C-S loops and got really discouraged. He sees me working on my computer now with my own page and all the E-mail I get ( not to mention the really cool stuff I've found on the net) and he regrets droping the class. Don't make the same mistake he did. If you need help don't be afraid to ask Dr. James. If you need a fellow students perspective root around in the generational curriculum because the chances are that some of us who have been through this have experienced what ever it is your feeling now. Remember we've been there AND survived.

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