Reflection

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).

 

References:

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

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Fitting the Pieces Together

Now that you have a deeper understanding of the different learning theories and learning styles, how has your view on how you learn changed?

I am familiar with different types of learning concepts. I am more familiar with military style of adult learning. The different learning theories that I have learned over the last few weeks I knew of some of the practices but didn’t know the correct name of the theory. But I learned that people learn in different ways and interpret knowledge in different ways.

What have you learned about the various learning theories and learning styles over the past weeks that can further explain your own personal learning preferences?

I realized that I have qualities that relate to all of the learning theories that we have went over. The most important thing that I have learned is, if I do not have an interest in the subject I am going over it will not matter how the information is given. I will not be able to retain and use the information. 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. When I have new information I have to relate it to information I already know and understand. I will have to read over new information several times to retain the information I am reading. My comprehensive ability for reading is not an easy task.

What role does technology play in your learning (i.e., as a way to search for information, to record information, to create, etc.)?

I constantly use computer, tablet or some type of electronic device. I have to find a somewhat quiet area to do my research and listen to music or some type of background noise. I am always in contact with my school work through electronic devices whether traveling or working. But learning has come a long way from encyclopedias and dictionaries. Sitting countless hours thumbing through magazines, books and microfiche.

BABS on the way to learning

I am in my second course for my Master’s in Instructional Design and Technology.  This is a journey that is challenging when you have two college students that are graduating between December 2016 and May 2017.  To top it off, I have twin daughters that graduate high school in 2017.  So my house is busy.

I have a challenge with helping one of the daughters keeping her interested and focused on her school work without getting frustrated at everyone and myself when we are helping her understand her school work.  This is not why I chose the Instructional Design and Technology path.  I love helping people learn and seeing them light up with they have got the idea.

Instructional Design is defined as being the systematic process by which instructional materials are designed, developed, and delivered. The terms instructional design, instructional technology, learning experience (LX) design, educational technology, curriculum design, and instructional systems design (ISD), are often used interchangeably. (Instructional Design Central)

There are many tools to help with the Instructional Design/Designer process. You can use social media, blogs, videos, etc. It would depend on the prefer method of the designer. Because there are different ways of learning, visual, verbal, hands-on, etc. I am a hands-on learning. The more I get my hands into the work the better off I am.

I have looked at the following websites for information or insight on Instructional Design/Designer and there are several ideas there to help with learning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI

http://www.internettime.com/blog/archives/001083.html

https://en.wordpress.com/tag/instructional-design/

Another area of learning that has peaked my interest is Instructional Technologist. It seems to be the hands-on that I like. A Instructional Technologist does evaluate new technologies to discover new and better ways to enhance instruction; Assist faculty in discovering methods of improving their instruction with and without technology; Conduct training sessions teaching faculty and staff how to use new technologies; Conduct research studies evaluating the use of technologies and their impact on student learning outcomes; Create training materials to accommodate the self-learners and provide resources for our “customers”; Manage the implementation of new technologies on-campus for the use of instruction. (Instruct tech)

Reference:

Retrieved from: http://www.instructionaldesigncentral.com/whatisinstructionaldesign

Retrieved from: https://instructtech.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/what-does-an-instructional-technologist-do/