Field trips in grad school?

This week we had the opportunity to go to Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT, and learn more about informal learning. Along the way we made sure to have some fun 🙂 Here are some reflections about the experience and the Museum of Natural Curiosity…

Learning is motivated, social, situated, and active. These are the four hallmarks of learning as shared with us by Lorie Millward, curator of curiosity and director of education at Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Natural Curiosity. With these four ideas in mind, I was anxious to explore the museum for myself and observe others interacting with the exhibits. Continue reading

Hey, mom, this is what I’m studying!

To friends & family who still have no idea what I am studying in grad school, here is an explanation (albeit a little wordy) about the field I am currently in…

Many people hear the name Instructional Psychology & Technology (IP&T) and only focus on the word psychology. Immediately they believe the degree I am pursuing will qualify me to do clinical research or provide counseling to those in need. In reality, the field I am entering is applicable in any setting where instruction takes place; this includes education, business, government, military, church, etc. At its core this area is for those who are passionate about helping others learn more effectively by utilizing technology in conjunction with the principles of instructional design. Continue reading