From Information to Learning: Why Shannon is important and what it means for Educational Technology
[…] When we think about learning, however, it’s “meaning” that counts. Any teacher knows that they can just throw information at their students – if it doesn’t mean anything to those students, they won’t learning anything. The ‘meaning’ of Boltzman’s state of matter is transferred to us because we can see that such and such is ‘hot’: we might touch it and say “ouch!”. We might then relate our experience of “ouch!” to the statistical formulation presented by Boltzman – particularly if only part of the material makes us go “ouch!”. What is the equivalent of “ouch!” in Shannon’s theory? Since Shannon’s equation is a measure of uncertainty, maybe the “ouch?” moment is a moment of confusion.