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eLearning

November 29, 2009 3 comments

eLearning is a broad topic and has many meanings depending on whom you speak with. So to start out, I would like to define anumber of terms; eLearning, virtual classroom, and learning management system (LMS). I wanted to do this we seem not to be keeping up with technology so well and grasping this keys or brass ring of eLearning can help leverage the new wave of workplace productivity and the way we learning general.

Iman

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On living healthy

November 29, 2009 2 comments

     My interests are of course not only that I am blessed with health but those who read this blog are as well. In the course of teaching and lecturing on survival– when I come to sections covering survival rations, many students are not aware what “normal rations” are let alone survival. I find myself talking about average calories per day for an average person; how much water they should drink per day; and the percentage breakdown as far as carbohydrates, fats and proteins are concerned–even a little about how fat, salt and smoking work at clogging your arteries. Although it’s good and necessary information, it’s not nearly enough to what’s going on in the body and its real and potential effects.

     Without enough water, the circulatory system, electrolyte balance, liver, kidneys and other functions can not operate as efficiently as it is supposed to. Obviously over time, this could be a problem for our bodies and health. I am not interested per say in giving advise or lecturing at people, only facilitating a forum where sharing of information on the topic and make us all the better for it!

Iman

Categories: Health

An Islamic – World perspective on Climate Change, the Environment and Sustainability…

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

     This opening quotes and heavily paraphrases from M. Kamal Hassan’s, World -View Orientation and Ethics: A Muslim Perspective, Jurnal IKIM (Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia)., Vol. 3. No. 1. Jan/June 1995.

     Hassan quotes, ” It is my humble submission that at the root of our contemporary ecological crisis lies the mindset which disregards the lordship, sovereignty, power, control and will of God in the universe. Thus man’s self perception is that he is freed from any transcendent authority or higher moral order to behave, vis-a-vis, the natural resources or to his fellow human beings in a utilitarian and selfish manner.

     …as nations realize a common peril in allowing environmental degradation to continue in part of the globe, do they also become conscious of the fact that they are existing on God’s earth and are thriving on God’s given bounties (normally called natural resources) in the land, air and water… [and] have become penitent on account of greedy, materialistic and self-centered behavior…” (1-2).

     Hassan’s words nearly 15 years ago are just as relevant if not more today than they were then! The time for action is now, there exists enough blame and finger-pointing for the rest of time to figure out. But what are we going to do now?  In the About Iman section, I pointed out the main reason for starting the Blog in the first place. My hope here is that we can provide real dialog, education, assimilation of ideas, accommodation of those ideas and subsequent transformation and cognitive liberation for a genuine call to action for the sake of the environment, its sustainability and the next generation and beyond. During the course of discourse here, let us be ever mindful of this tasking and challenge… go forth and Blog!

Iman

When teachers become the learned

November 24, 2009 2 comments

     Up until awhile ago, I had fallen into the trap most of us do about the correlation between success and education. I mean, the more “educated” one is, the more successful, smarter or better able they are to be better than the next guy– right? We all believe humans are the top of the food chain and we are all trying to be number one in that food chain– usually at all costs!

I learned some time ago, however, that the definition of success we think we must follow most often leads us down an unhappy path of life’s dissapointments (see Oprah episodes on the Secret).

     More recently, during a Training of Trainers course, I had the opportunity to see a few videos on Behavioralism and Cognitivism that again altered my views about the rules of education, the educated and learned. I also read up on the profession of education. It seems that many different disciplines and things we do in life all come back to survival of the fitness and natural selection– things no one has to tell us, we just instinctively and do (most likely learned behavior). No matter how much one tries to out smart the natural selection theory by becoming more educated– the fact that we are actively trying to do something different to out smart the system in and of itself proves the theory of natural selection and behavioralism, cognitivism and a host of other the follow on theories itself (re-read that and try to follow me).

     In behavioralism, we “learned” provide an environment (stimulus) and expect a certain result from the “unlearned”  or organism ( response). I put the unlearned in quotations marks because we too are part of the experiment even though we may be arrogantly unaware of it!

     In cognitivism, the focus is on what happens inside the unlearned’s head– the cognitive. The idea here being that after providing the environment–they (unlearned) must figure it out (the path to a response) themselves. The behavioralist believes they alone know the only “true” response. Like royalty, it’s hard displace this way of thinking. I believe the cognitivist, in a real sense, admit that there might be another or better answer as the supposed unlearned (through natural selection) may be better equipped– atleast for his or her internal system,  to transform/evolve an even better response than earlier excepted or anticipated. Neobehavioralism, constructivist and humanist theories also “breakout” of the earlier and stiffling mindset of the arcane behavioralist still roaming the earth today (notice the analogy to dinosaurs).

     If we are open to this, we may realize that we are all in a constantly changing or evolving environment and only those who constantly change, transform or evolve with it will “survive”. We might also become better teachers or facilitators of the process of learning itself.

Iman

Hello world!

November 21, 2009 Comments off

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is my first post and I would like to thank you for visiting.

Have a look at the categories, read the comments and tell me what you think. For the most part, I am trying to take the high road and provide a forum to help enrich lives and share it with as many people as possible.