Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

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. Where do you start? Which theory do you choose?

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Solving Cognitive Overload with Point of Need Tools

Saffron Interactive

Why are workers struggling with cognitive overload? How do we recognise this issue, and what tools can overcome it? We all know that life is changing at an accelerated pace and this unlikely to slow down whether we like it or not. Cognitive ease with Point of Need support.

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The Andragogy Secret: How To Use Adult Learning Theory To Drive L&D Engagement Success

Lambda Solutions

What is Adult Learning Theory? Now more than ever, the need to revisit how we apply adult learning theories in the context of corporate learning and development setting. Cognitive The learner’s cognitive involvement and investment in their learning.

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Your Ticket to Great Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Now how do you do that? It is important for employees to know what to expect from a course. Then proceed to how the eLearning module will fill the gaps in their current capabilities. Ad companies do this all the time, taking a cue from them wouldn’t hurt at all.

Conflict resolution

Learning with e's

This is number 11 in my series of short posts on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. Festinger called this phenomenon cognitive dissonance.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 1 (A-L)


Here are the eLearning terms you really need to know, from A-L. Cognitive load: A theory developed by John Sweller that describes the strain working memory experiences when information is being processed. Intentionality: The act of doing something with purpose.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: One Academics View

Learning Visions

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: One Academics View A long time ago, I decided I was much better at the practical side of things than the theoretical. but rather because he brings up some interesting points about the disconnect between the theory of instructional design in academia and the actual practice of it. See what John has to say in Instructional Design and Academia -- Where Theory and Practice RARELY Meet. Do I use ADDIE?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: NewsFlash: PowerPoint Bad For Learning

Learning Visions

The article cites new research from the University of New South Wales (home of John Sweller, "founding father" of Cognitive Load Theory). You know -- appeal to multiple learning styles; address the needs of both auditory and visual learners. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Exploration & Surprise

Clark Quinn

And that made sense in one way, but left another gap. And, as Raph Koster told us in A Theory of Fun , the drive to play games seems to be learning! Why would we do things like try out Escape Rooms or The Void (as I’ve done with colleagues)? What do you think?

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


He integrates creativity, cognitive science, and technology to lead development of strategic solutions including award-winning online content, educational computer games, and websites, as well as adaptive, mobile, and performance support systems. How do we ensure learning faster than everyone else? What do some of the interesting research findings and survey results point to? How do you educate your clients about the most effective approaches to learning?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Conversations do matter

Learning Visions

Saturday, April 14, 2007 Conversations do matter I am still quite brain dead from the the eLearning Guild event. But what I did learn is how much other people still dont know about this stuff. It confirmed what I have been thinking: that most of the e-Learning and training world out there is still doing the same old same old. Some folks dont know that they will have to change. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Back To Basics: Instructional Design Terminology

Obsidian Learning

Cognitive Strategies: Specific methods used to solve problems, including reasoning, planning, rehearsal of newly learned information, and relating newly-learned information to existing knowledge. Performance Discrepancy: (Performance gap).

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo & The Future of Rapid e-Learning Tools

Learning Visions

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 Kineo & The Future of Rapid e-Learning Tools If you dont already subscribe to Kineos occasional newsletter , please do. Not only are they really smart guys, but theyre also funny -- AND they like to share what they know with the rest us -- for the greater good of the e-Learning community. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Im not looking for the obtuse theory books. In addition to van Merrianboer and Norman, dont miss Writing Training Materials That Work: How to train anyone to do anything by Foshay and Silber. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Extreme Engagement in Corporate Learning


So what do I mean by transformation? Mezirow’s theory is the original, and others have proposed different facets. The goal is to conserve energy by minimizing the gap between what we expect will occur, and what ultimately happens. Integrating conation and cognition.

Designing Learning Like Professionals

Clark Quinn

For instance, there’re sound cognitive reasons why information dump and knowledge test won’t lead to learning. What we do have are robust theories about learning that pretty comprehensively integrate the empirical data. There are gaps where have to use our best inferences based upon models to fill in. The point I’m trying to make is that we have to stop treating designing learning as something anyone can do.

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What is Social Learning (And How to Adopt it)


For organizations, the ability to formalize the informal knowledge that exists within their ranks, and rewarding their best contributors for doing so, boosts engagement and encourages more knowledge sharing. Bandura and Walters’ Description of Social Theory.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Personal Hard Drive

Learning Visions

Mark writes, "You wanna know what a PLE is? Late, we go back to our various storage facilities for all the hard-core processing we do with our brains. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Learner-Centered Approaches: Why They Matter and How to Implement Them


No teacher can stand there and tell the students how to do something and expect the students to leave the classroom able to do it.”. This is the principle that underpins both Cognitive Learning Theory and Constructivist Learning Theory , and is also featured in Adult Learning Theory.

The Social Learning Revolution in eLearning


The boom in social media and the round-the-clock need to connect in communities is doing wonders for the eLearning industry. Social learning is an age-old learning and teaching strategy, backed by many cognitive scientists. Learning and performance gaps are analyzed.

Serious eLearning: Course Topic and Game Goal


Motivation and behavior theories have been pointing instruction designers and eLearning developers in this direction too. Why do you think context-centric learning environments like serious games work? Games engage the Affective and the Cognitive Domains of our minds.

6 tips to help you launch a successful online certification training course


So, how do you launch a certification online training course for an unfamiliar audience? In most cases, corporate learners are mainly interested in skill-building resources that focus on practicality instead of theory. Find the gaps in the current market.

13 eLearning Scenario Tips that 60 Experts Agree On


Because they’re about people DOING something … Not just an information dump where learners magically “ABSORB” the content (picture me doing air quotes). So, you know scenarios are important…but how do you actually create good ones?

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Debunking the Learning Styles Myth

Learning Visions

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Debunking the Learning Styles Myth As you may know, Ive been on a focused mission to better understand so-called learning styles and their place -- or not -- in e-Learning. There are generally many ah-ha moments as people understand the why of the rationale folks do things so differently from the way they do. I prefer to get the big picture view first, and often a diagram or metaphor will do that for me. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Why effective training simulations matter more than ever

Limestone Learning

An effective workplace simulation can provide an adaptive experience for learners, bridge the gap between theory and practical behaviour (“ learning by doing ”), allow for real-time feedback, and increase learners’ confidence in their performance. Learners may experience cognitive overload if a simulation involves multiple complex skills (e.g., They are a tool, not a technique, and they work best when managed by someone who knows how to use them well.

Skills for an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

Convergence Training

Except, who’s going to do the work during this era (other than robots and computers)? A robot can lift loads heavier than a human can, and that robot can do it 24 hours a day. Likewise, robots and computers can do many things more quickly than humans can.

Personal Learning Networks: For Ongoing Learning in a Connected World

ID Reflections

Learning networks are based on the theory of Connectivism, or learning from diverse social webs. Connectivism, the theory underpinning how we learn and interact in the networked era, implies that learning relies on communicating ideas and having meaningful interactions.

Employee Development in the Era of Screen Time

CLO Magazine

We all know what it refers to: the physiological rewards of “screen time.” What do screen time expectations mean for employee learning and development? The only way to close this gap is through effective employee development. Tap, look, feel rewarded.

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5 More Great Books for Your Learning & Development Bookshelf

Mike Taylor

Of course, everyone’s list will be slightly different based on things like the type of work you do, your experience level, interests and other factors. Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It. Apply #1 and #2 to everything you do.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Memoirs of an "Instructional Designer"

Learning Visions

I have never taken a course in adult learning theory. I have learned everything I "know" about instructional design and teaching by doing. I started my professional life in operations -- behind the scenes helping people do their jobs better. If youd like to learn more about what Im doing these days, check out my current job description. It was all the things that I was able to DO, that no other ISDers could, that made me highly employable.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit

Learning Visions

A list of important books, key terminology, basic theory. Because its true -- you can impress your clients and peers by working "cognitive load" into a sentence. And, more importantly, you can improve your design when you understand the theory. (Im Im not a big theory person. These are terms that I have learned (some relatively recently) and thought, why didnt I know this ten years ago if its so important? Im not a big theory person.

The Most Popular Blog Posts for 2016


But into what, nobody really knows. One thing is clear, the work we do as instructional designers has been disrupted. Do people just not care any more? These are simply ideas to get you rethinking about the work you do and how you do it. #1 Stop doing that.

Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | December 28, 2018

Mike Taylor

This Scientific American article by Steve Ayan walks through the theory of the “predictive mind” – how consciousness only arises when the brain’s implicit expectations fail to materialize. According to this theory, higher cognitive processing can happen without consciousness. Ira Glass on What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says. “Hope. Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”. ?

How to Learn a Language

Ed App

Learning a language can often result in cognitive overload for learners, meaning that they are unable to withhold many pieces of new information at once. It can sometimes be difficult to do this, which is where microlearning saves the day. Know your motivation. The La-La Theory.

How to create great digital learning that works: webinar Q&A

Leo Learning

Q2) What resources do you refer to when you need to remind yourself about great learning design? Ella: We are always looking outside of what we do. I love Behavioural Economics, Nudge Theory and those kinds of things. Rose: I think we all do it in different ways.