What did you find surprising or striking as you furthered your knowledge about how people learn?
Being someone with a strong background in military Human Resources, I have the pleasure of dealing with different styles and techniques when it comes to someone learning. The last eight week I have learned with learning theories and the way people have different ways of learning. Many of the learning theories in the course were somewhat familiar. I know the theories by common names, such as “visual, hands-on, etc.” Therefore, there were a number of concepts that I found to be interesting. For example, I believe that the Cognitive Theory applies to the way that I learn. I have to visualize in my head before I can retain information. I found this to be interesting to read about oneself (an adult learner) and what makes us such different learners as supposed to traditional learners.
How has this course deepened your understanding of your personal learning process?
Throughout my life and career I have struggled with the way I learned, especially with my comprehensive learning. I would always have to read material a few times to understand and comprehend what I was reading. Through this course I have obtained a better understanding about the learning theories mentioned in this course.
What have you learned regarding the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology, and motivation?
The connections between the learning theories, styles, technology and motivation in an educational environment could possibly result in an enriching and worthwhile learning experience. Behaviorism offers the consideration of stimuli and Cognitivism assumes the transfer of knowledge via information processing through research in neuroscience. The Social Learning Theory sets this into a social context that exchanging information creates knowledge. Constructivism offers the modeling of all factors into new knowledge and Connectivism connects these dynamics as one needs them (Ormrod, 2009). As educators and instructional designers the appropriate learning theory to be applied in a given situation, using the more effective learning style and educational technologies to motivate students to learn.
How will your learning in this course help you as you further your career in the field of instructional design?
I believe I am better equipped to use the tools of the trade (learning theories, styles, and strategies) for a particular learning environment (online, classroom, etc.). I believe that this course has opened my eyes to further my knowledge into the learning theories. I believe the context of learning will move beyond replicating what is already known in order to create entirely new forms of interaction, expression, and activity, along with the metaphors needed to make them comprehensible (Horizon Report, 2011).
Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium, Retrieved from: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/HR2011.pdf
Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning theories and instruction (Laureate custom edition. New York