a keynote presentation for eLearning 2011 (Instructional Technology Council conference), February 20, 2011, St Petersburg FL.

In our media soaked culture, thé cliche exchange rate of 1000 words per picture seems quite low. The mechanics and art of photography unveil an intriguing metaphor for thinking about learning. For a photographer, the operation of cameras-- exploiting apertures, shutter speeds, optics, filters-- coexist with the artistic skills of pre-visualization, framing, composition. We meld with the camera, the boundary between tools and our human capabilities blur.

Taking the metaphor farther, creating an engaging learning experience is much more than point and shoot. Few successful photographers are born innately with their skills- it is a craft, as is learning, that often improves in the act of doing, trying, and reflecting.

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Thru the Lens from Alan Levine

Presentation Recording

A Year of Daily Photos

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