For the second article by Seimens that we had to read I decided to read the article on interaction. I found this interesting because as a museum the definition of  something being interactive is somewhat fuzzy. The article defines interaction as: “Interactions occur when these objects and events mutually influence one another. An instructional interaction is an event that takes place between a learner and the learner’s environment. Its purpose is to respond to the learner in a way intended to change his or her behavior toward and educational goal. Instructional interactions have two purposes: to change learners and to move them toward achieving their goals.” I agree with the article 100% when they said that different types of learning require different methodologies on how to teach it. Some things are taught better hands on while others are taught better through lectures. The idea behind having something interactive is to successfully portray a concept to a person and have them retain it. As a basic outline of what interactions need to do follows a 6 step process: 1.Getting a learner’s attention 2. Keeping learner’s interest 3.Transferring information 4.Aiding in retention 5. Sparking reflection 6. Evaluation – both formative and summative. These 6 steps can be used by museums to help increase the education of the visitors in a non-traditional way especially younger visitors.

John

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