A Conceptual Framework for SMART Applications in Higher Education: Emerging Research and Opportunities

With the rapid availability of information, it becomes essential to keep pace with this availability as well as process the information into knowledge that has real-world applications. Neuroscientific methods allow an approach to this problem based on the way that the human brain already operates. Over the centuries and through observation and trial and error, we already know a great deal about how we can teach and learn, but now we can verify this with scientific fact and discover previously unknown aspects of brain physiology. These observations of brain functioning have produced many learning theories, all of which have varying degrees of validity. These theories, in turn, give birth to theories and models of instructional design, which also have varying degrees of validity.

A Conceptual Framework for SMART Applications in Higher Education: Emerging Research and Opportunities is a critical scholarly publication that explores how the brain acquires and processes information to turn information into knowledge and the role of SMART technology and how it combines and integrates visual and aural data to facilitate learning. The book also discusses ways to apply what is known about teaching to how the brain operates and how to incorporate instructional design models into the teaching and learning process. Highlighting various topics such as neurogenesis, smart technologies, and behaviorism, this book is essential for instructional designers, online instruction managers, teachers, academicians, administrators, researchers, knowledge managers, and students.


Abstract: Beginning with a background of the growth of information, the means by which one knows the world around him or her is explored. The role and importance of memory is examined in the context of learning. This leads to an examination of theories of learning, which, in turn, leads to an examination of learner characteristics. The role of instructional technology and its ability to enhance the speed and depth of learning is discussed. The foregoing leads to the conceptual framework in which one can view and approach the information explosion. The books ends with a discussion of what the future may hold for education and for making learning more efficient and effective.

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Connelly, J. O., & Miller, P,
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Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
IGI Global Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global)
IGI Global
Date Published: 
Friday, November 20, 2020
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Hershey, PA
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ISBN Number: 
ISBN 9781799815426 (hardcover) | ISBN 9781799815433 (paperback) | ISBN 9781799815440 (ebook)
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LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019030359 LC ebook record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019030360
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LCC QP360.5 .M537 2020 (print) | LCC QP360.5 (ebook) | DDC 612.8/233--dc23
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