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How our learning theories shape how we use technology for learning

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

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." A learning theory (or theories) helps understand how people learn, thereby assisting educators, trainers and facilitators reflect on their educational practices.

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E-Learning Design Part 2: Observable and Measurable Outcomes

CDSM

At CDSM, we draw on a range of theories – from the past and the present – to form the method and practice behind our award-winning e-learning. This is known as our ‘ pedagogy ’. In our last post ( E-Learning Design Part 1: Structure, Repetition and Reinforcement ), we gave you an insight into how we use some of the essential aspects of the theory of ‘behaviourism’ in our digital learning solutions.

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Words in mind

Learning with 'e's

This is number 34 in my learning theories series. Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this series I have been providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education. The last post in this series featured the stages of cognitive development model proposed by Jean Piaget. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLARK QUINN (Learning Technology Strategist): Clark Quinn, Ph.D., helps organizations align technology with how we think, work, and learn. 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?

Who's in charge?

Learning with 'e's

This is number 35 in my ongoing series on learning theories. In this series I have been providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education. The most recent post in this series featured spreading activation theory - a theory adapted from a hierarchical model of memory proposed by Ross Quillian and Allan Collins. In this post, I present a brief overview of Julian Rotter's locus of control theory. Bruner Scaffolding Theory 5.

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

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. I have never taken a class in pedagogy. I have never taken a course in adult learning theory. I have learned everything I "know" about instructional design and teaching by doing. I was never told about Gagnes 9 Events or the Kilpatrick Levels or ADDIE or the ARCS model or even much about adult learning styles, except that people all learned differently.

Strictly for adults?

Learning with 'e's

This is number 23 in my series on learning theories. 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. The last post featured David Kolb and his cyclical model of experiential learning. In this post, we review the andragogy theory of Malcolm Knowles. Clearly, andragogy is a theory that is best located in the adult education sector. Koffka Gestalt theory 21.

Learning as dialogue

Learning with 'e's

Many of the earlier learning theories place the learner in splendid isolation. From the neo-behaviourist theories of Thorndike, Watson and Skinner, we were led to believe that learners respond to stimuli and make associations between the two, and that these links represent learning. This prompted new approaches in schools that included discovery learning and progressive curricula that neatly reflected Piaget''s stages of cognitive development model.

Brain Learning and eLearning Design

The Learning Circuits

There's been a lot of discussion around cognitive theory and "how the brain learns." But even with all of that discussion there's a question of whether people are really making changes to the design of their online learning. So the July Question is: Does the discussion of "how the brain learns" impact your eLearning design? So, it should look like: Tony Karrer - e-Learning 2.0 Can We Enhance People's Cognitive Outcomes?

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Designing for an uncertain world

Clark Quinn

Note: I let my argument lead where it must, and find I go quite beyond my intended suggestion of a broader learning design. Dave Snowden’s Cynefin model, recommending various approaches depending on the relative complexity of the situation, provides a top-level strategy for action, but doesn’t provide predictions about how to support learning, and I think we need more. It’s in the nature of our cognitive architecture to have some randomness.

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A learning experience isn’t just the content

Learning Pool

Learning technologists have arguably focused too narrowly on content to date, but learning experience design is pointing the way towards a rebalancing of priorities. This short article is adapted from a new paper by John Helmer, in collaboration with myself and many others, to extract the ‘X’ from Learning Experiences. ‘In And this content obsession too often hampers our attempts to create effective learning experiences. Learning = content?

Help yourself

Learning with 'e's

This is number 15 in my series on learning theories. 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. In this post, we take a look at an emerging theory of learning proposed by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon, known as Heutagogy. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

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Learning and instructional design strategies for adult learners

Aptara

Learning and instructional design strategies for adult learners. Education in the light of present-day knowledge and need calls for some spirited and creative innovations both in the substance and the purpose of current pedagogy.”, Pedagogy and Andragogy: are they different sides of the same coin, or are they different coins altogether? The creation and implementation of strategies and best practices related to learning and instructional design strategies are essential.

5 Ways to Ensure Student Engagement in Online Learning

Hurix Digital

Online learning has re-engineered the entire classroom experience by making course material available remotely. However, with a lack of face-to-face interaction and peer-to-peer bonding, online learning can take a toll on student engagement. Strive for Active Learning.

4 types of navigation flows for micro-learning courses

QuoDeck

Micro-learning online courses have been easily accepted by today’s millennial workforce. There are no large chunks of content to process, and it facilitates learning rather than imposing it on the learner. This is the traditional flow of learning management systems. Modules are generally released over a period with regular intervals, and a break in the sequence would make the learning difficult to understand.

Contextualized Learning: Teaching made highly effective!

eFront

There’s no doubt about it: Contextualizing can dramatically boost teaching and learning outcomes! While lately, there has been an increased appreciation of the use of contextualized learning activities in adult education, the fact is that the concept itself is not novel. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the contextual knowledge definition, so that we can better understand how it can be leveraged in corporate teaching and learning settings.

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That’s not my style: Learning preferences and instructional design

Obsidian Learning

In a recent blog post published by the New York Times , Anna North noted that the concept of “learning styles” is still prevalent among educators, even though there is little empirical research to support it. In fact, students preparing to be teachers are often taught about “learning styles” in their courses. Let’s take a look at what the research literature has to say on “learning styles” and how they apply to instruction.

10 Benefits of Outsourcing Instructional Design for eLearning Programs

WBT Systems

Yet, many associations continue to have staff and volunteer subject matter experts (SMEs) design and develop online learning programs because that’s been the default mode of operation. To provide a more engaging and effective learning experience for your online students, consider outsourcing instructional design. These professional designed programs, grounded in learning theory and cognitive science, deliver the desired outcomes for their target audience.

Top 113 eLearning Posts and 28 Hottest Topics for 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles - eLearning Technology , March 24, 2010. 10 Ways To Learn In 2010 - The eLearning Coach , January 3, 2010. Social Learning Strategies Checklist - Social Enterprise Blog , January 11, 2010. Four roles for social media in workplace learning - Clive on Learning , September 28, 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010. Taxonomy of Learning Theories - E-Learning Provocateur , January 12, 2010.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

Active Learning. Active learning is a strategy focused on encouraging learners to actively participate in training. Examples of active learning activities include practical tasks and problem-solving conducted in small groups. It’s a five-phase framework that instructional designers use; a guideline for building effective training and learning support tools. In today’s fast-paced learning environments, the AGILE method is often seen as more efficient than ADDIE.

Google Wave - Social Media Resources - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning. Selecting a Learning Management System: Using a KnowledgeBase to Find the Right Product. Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources - Upside Learning Blog , November 2, 2009. Audio in E-Learning - Kapp Notes , November 3, 2009. Avoid “Death by PowerPoint” with the Pecha Kucha Method - WISE Pedagogy , November 2, 2009. Learning Power Laws - eLearning Technology , November 2, 2009.