Taxonomy of Learning Theories
JANUARY 12, 2010
Academia is teeming with learning theories. It can be quite a challenge for the modern learning professional to identify an appropriate learning theory, draw practical ideas from it, and apply it to their daily work. Which theory do you choose? How does it relate to other theories? Schema theories . Situated Learning Theory .
4 Ways to Apply the Situated Learning Theory
MARCH 31, 2015
What is the Situated Learning Theory? Situated learning, simply put, is learning that takes place in the same context in which it is applied. Real learning happens only when it is contextual – meaning, when students can directly apply it in authentic activities, contexts and cultures. Some of the ways to apply this theory are: Group Activities.
Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
The teacher had students take a “learning styles” assessment to determine their learning styles and assigned homework based on the learning style. I thought the myths around learning styles had been settled long ago. As I learned last week – there are numerous unproven learning theories still running amok among designers and educators.
Harnessing Learning Theories for the Mobile Platform: A m-learning perspective
JULY 24, 2014
With the growing utility of mobiles devices in our everyday lives, the Training & Learning industry is realizing that learners are spending a large chunk of their time on their smartphones or tablets. The increasing popularity of mobile-based learning is a direct output of this realization. m-Learning fits well within this learning paradigm. Constructivist Learning.
Knowledge Is in the Cards
JANUARY 14, 2016
If that same information is presented in a way that’s personally significant to a learner, it encourages them to “own” that knowledge and helps them grasp the nuances. I was recently introduced to a card game called Dixit. The goal is to figure out which picture card another player is thinking of, based on a hint they provide. Instead, it changed how I think about “meaning.”.
Social Learning Online: It’s Possible
OCTOBER 26, 2016
But through advances in today’s learning management systems, these criticisms can be addressed. Now we can say that social learning online is possible, and is helping to bring more training and development options to organizations and associations anywhere on any device. Social Learning in an LMS. Want to know more about the next generation of Learning Management Systems?
How to Apply Social Learning Theory for Effective ELearning
OCTOBER 2, 2015
It’s no surprise that social interaction plays a role in learning. Psychologist Albert Bandura’s social learning theory states that people learn behavior from their environment through observation, imitation and modeling. You might think that e-learning is counterintuitive to this theory because it is presented to the individual rather than a group of learners. However, technology allows us to provide plenty of opportunities to implement a social learning strategy in e-learning. Social learning has a role in this too.
How our learning theories shape how we use technology for learning
Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning
JANUARY 22, 2015
I read a paper called Perspectives on learning and technology: A review of theoretical perspectives "This paper provides a review of literature pertaining to theoretical references on educational practice and technology from perspectives of learning theories of the 20th and 21st centuries." The graph displays more theories and some of the major terms used. Lesson?
The Learning Styles Myth
MARCH 22, 2017
Some time ago, a colleague of mine wrote a blog called Learning Myths: Debunked , in which he stated that learning styles is a myth. Having obtained a degree in Elementary Education, I was shocked and still skeptical that learning styles was indeed a myth. As a student, I was consistently challenged to find new ways to teach a subject based on learning styles.
Learning Objectives Are Spoilers
MARCH 8, 2017
One of the biggest differences is that eLearning tends to literally spell out what’s going to happen next, often with a learning objectives screen. Learning objectives are like plot points. They’re important, but there are more ways to use or handle them than to just plop them onto the traditional “Today you’re going to learn” screen at the beginning of a course.
Crash Course For Constructive Feedback
OCTOBER 6, 2016
Luckily, we can learn how to give good feedback. The post Crash Course For Constructive Feedback appeared first on Knowledge Direct. Feedback is a wonderful thing, when you can understand it. When you can’t… To quote Captain Jack Sparrow, “Well that’s even more than less than unhelpful.” You get the idea. Think back to the last time you got feedback on something. What did it say?
Social Learning pays off! A Success Story
AUGUST 27, 2015
Learning by force is passé. How do organizations engage with young, trendy, and tech-savvy people when it comes to learning and development? In a world where the social platform is increasingly the way to connect, learn, grow and scale, businesses are being made to alter their thinking. Who would have thought that the learning process itself could be democratized?
The Magic of Microlearning
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Ask a family member or friend who’s knowledgeable about cars. It’s easier for learners to set aside a few minutes for learning each day than it is to set aside a few hours. If you’d like to read more about training, learning, and instructional design check out the rest of this author’s blogs. The post The Magic of Microlearning appeared first on Knowledge Direct.
Surf’s Up: Riding the Waves of eLearning Trends
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
What about making sure learning objectives were met? mLearning is mobile learning , which gives your learner the ability to take their training on the go. Microlearning is targeted learning in small bursts rather than a lengthy course on a topic. For example, suppose I want to learn how to enter basic formulas in Excel. Learning Paths. What about the Millennials?
Learning Objectives and GPS
JANUARY 11, 2017
That’s how learners can feel if training’s learning objectives aren’t set up well. There are really two main types of learning objectives. Without an end goal the learner doesn’t have the “what it’s for” behind what they’re being asked to learn. This is what you need to be able to do and you’ll spend the next four hours learning why it’s important and how to do it.”
Knowledge, practice and community
Learning with e's
AUGUST 22, 2014
After a break from blogging during the summer break, I''m back, and here is the continuation of my series on theories of learning, with number 25. You may recall that I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. Argyris Double Loop Learning 3. Koffka Gestalt theory 21.
Learning Escape Room
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
But what would happen if a group of learning professionals created one, rather than the attraction industry? So, what kind of “Learning” was in the “Escape Room”? Discovery learning – This involves giving learners a problem or situation to resolve, with little to no guidance. Collaborative learning – This takes place when a group of people work and learn together.
Conveying Tacit Knowledge in eLearning
MAY 4, 2011
Tacit knowledge can be challenging to teach in formal training, but it's not impossible. So how can we convey tacit knowledge in eLearning? Ikujiro Nonaka has been researching knowledge creation in organizations for over 15 years, which includes trying to understand the nature of tacit knowledge. Nonaka characterizes tacit knowledge as concepts we understand intuitively, but struggle to explicitly explain or describe in writing. If you’ve ever stumped subject matter experts by asking how they made certain decisions, you may have stumbled upon tacit knowledge.
What You Need to Know About Software Training
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
If they successfully learn how to use the latest-and-greatest tools it’ll increase their efficiency and decrease frustration. Provides a chance to use “learning by doing” through the use of simulations. If you’d like to read more about training, learning, and instructional design check out the rest of this author’s blogs. Challenges. Considerations. The open dropdown. (If
What Instructional Designers Really Do
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
Every aspect of ID is intended to make learning experiences as effective as possible. Some of this overlaps a bit, but I think it gets the idea across: • Learning and instructional theories. At this point, it’s a matter of learning everything they can so they can explain it to others through the training materials. I want to apologize. That’s it in a nutshell. Writing.
eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms
MAY 11, 2016
eLearning -Also referred to as internet-based learning, web-based learning, and online learning is any training or education delivered via computer. Digitec, Instructional Designer, Jennifer Ritter wrote a blog about this recently explaining, “I now realize that I was raised with game-based learning. SCORM, LMS, AMS, LCMS, API, JITT, what does it all mean?!
I’m Glad Millennials Scare Learning and Development
JULY 13, 2016
The learning and development (L&D) world seems to be confused by, if not outright afraid of, millennials. L&D theory has lots of innovative, scientifically backed methods in its corner. Technology and instructional theory have been improving every year, but real learning experiences stagnate when they don’t follow best practices. What I discovered surprised me.
eLearning Glossary Part 2: More Commonly Used Terms
JUNE 9, 2016
In the first phase, analysis, the problem is defined, the learning goals are established, and the learners preexisting skills are identified. The design phase deals with learning objectives, assessment instruments, exercises, content, subject matter analysis, lesson planning and media selection. Previously we dug into the alphabet soup of eLearning terms and acronyms.
How to Write Good Assessment Questions
MARCH 23, 2016
Your association can have the best course in the world, but if the assessments or knowledge checks aren’t written well they can make the whole thing fall apart. Ensure the questions are tied to the course’s learning objectives. If the question is part of a learning activity, however, the feedback can explain why the answer is right or wrong. I don’t know what it’s asking.”.
The Suspenseful Season Finale of Training
MARCH 15, 2017
A lot of the time the only questions are the knowledge checks or the quiz at the end. If you’d like to read more about training, learning, and instructional design check out the rest of this author’s blogs. The post The Suspenseful Season Finale of Training appeared first on Knowledge Direct. It’s the season finale of your favorite show. No, not a cliffhanger! It’s natural.
Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap
APRIL 13, 2016
Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap was originally published in the IACET blog as a guest post by Digitec President Jack McGrath. By providing competency-based learning and delivering this through an association.edu model, associations can address the skills-gap, while: – Supplying a skilled workforce to industry. A Social Learning Network.
Motivation is More Important Than Information
MARCH 9, 2016
People who aren’t motivated don’t get things done, even if they’re knowledgeable. When it comes to learning, motivation is critical for gaining attention and encoding new information in the brain. Gamification and game-based learning both take motivation into account. It’s a key consideration in job performance and learning. But I don’t. Doing It. It’s absolutely true.
Bridge the Skills-Gap with Competency Based Learning
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
You can help your members over the skills gap with competency based learning, career focused training, and micro-credentialing. Where that student graduates with a basic understanding of their chosen profession, they lack the applied knowledge that will make them a success long term. I got a job once I graduated, but lacked the applied knowledge to be great in my field.
Simple Learning Solutions
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
Simple learning solutions can be easy to overlook, but they often save time and lead to wonderful results. The post Simple Learning Solutions appeared first on Knowledge Direct. A year or so back, I was part of a mentoring program at my alma mater. They were pairing current students with recent graduates to help them with life skills that aren’t usually taught in class.
6 Best Practices For Applying Spaced Learning In Online Training
MARCH 1, 2016
New post 6 Best Practices For Applying Spaced Learning In Online Training on Obsidian Learning. In this article, I’ll highlight the best practices for applying Spaced Learning in your online training strategy, so that you can improve knowledge retention and recall among your staff members. How To Apply Spaced Learning In Online Training.
Connectivism, Networked Learning, Connective Knowledge course
The E-Learning Curve
JANUARY 11, 2011
George Siemens and Stephen Downes are co-facilitating an online course titled Connectivism, Networked Learning and Connective Knowledge from January 12th 2011. Connectivism, Networked Learning, Connective Knowledge course is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog. e-learning Connective Knowledge connectivism elluminate George Siemens learning models learning theory Networked Learning online learning program Stephen Downes university of manitoba
eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer
APRIL 21, 2016
Kid Learns from Computer Games. Looking back, I now realize that I was raised with game-based learning. Even if you or your association aren’t building “games” these are still essential components that can be used in other types of learning offerings. The post eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer appeared first on Knowledge Direct. It was like magic.
Instructional Designer’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions
DECEMBER 21, 2016
The post Instructional Designer’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions appeared first on Knowledge Direct. eLearning Instructional Design Learning Theory Training and Development Uncategorized goals training and developmentWe’re nearing “New Year’s Resolution” time again. That got me thinking about the pass/fail rate of this annual ritual. How many people stick to their resolutions? Let’s be honest, it’s not very many. This is the Instructional Designer’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions. Why Resolutions Often Fail. They get treated as mandatory , like compliance training.
Learning isn’t Linear
OCTOBER 1, 2015
Not in height or weight, but also not in knowledge. The answer has to do with the sheer amount of knowledge a newborn gains between the ages of zero and three. To put this into context, let’s take a broader look at how learning occurs. People sometimes think that the rate of learning (skill, knowledge, wisdom, etc.) Learning isn’t linear. is fairly linear.