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James Folkestad

  • Associate Professor
  • Colorado State University
  • 16PublicationsNumber of items in James's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 4Followers

Research interests

Activity SystemsNetworksOpen SourceDrupalLearning

About

My approach to education has shifted from an emphasis on my teaching, to a more central focus on student learning, and finally to an activity-systems approach as I have come to realize that the two (teacher and learner) are inseparable parts of the learning ecosystem. Naturally, my teaching philosophy has been influenced by my research on activity systems and distributed cognition. I constantly strive to create human-centered activities and learning tasks that fit the person, not the other way around. Having a focus on technology, I consider how tools can be used, not for novelty, but to support more productive system-wide engagement in which social and cultural interactions take place. It is in these interactions that learning, understanding, and innovative inferences expand.

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Publications (5)

  • DO PROJECTS HAVE HORSEMEN?: INVESTIGATING THE WARNING SIGNS OF UNRELIABLE COMMITMENTS

    • Folkestad J
    • Howell G
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  • Impact of screen-capture based instruction on student comprehension of computer aided design (CAD) software principles

    • Folkestad J
    • De Miranda M
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  • RSP? tooling-A revolutionary new process to manufacture die cast production tooling in prototype timing

    • Mc Hugh K
    • Knirsch J
    • Folkestad J
    • et al.
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  • Resolving the conflict between design and manufacturing: integrated rapid prototyping and rapid tooling (IRPRT)

    • Folkestad J
    • Johnson R
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  • Industrial Advisory Committee… or Action Committee?

    • Folkestad J
    • DeMiranda M
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Professional experience

Associate Professor

Colorado State University

August 1997 - Present

Education

Ph.D. Education

Texas A&M University

May 1997 - May 2012(15 years)