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Top 10 learning theory books

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These 10 learning theory books offer a range of approaches and specialities. You can get the ball rolling with an overview of theories, or focus on a specific area that is most relevant to your role. Contemporary Theories of Learning: Learning Theorists … In Their Own Words.

Bandura’s Social Learning Theory

Kapp Notes

Here are some thoughts and ideas related to Albert Bandura’s social learning theory. Bandura’s social learning theory indicates the effectiveness of human social models in influencing another to change behaviors, beliefs or attitudes, as well as social and cognitive functioning. The theory seeks to explain learning in a naturalistic setting as opposed to laboratory or contrived setting. Sources: Learning and Instruction: Theory into Practice (3rd) by Margaret E.

4 Ways to Apply the Situated Learning Theory

Origin Learning

What is the Situated Learning Theory? Some of the ways to apply this theory are: Group Activities. Problem solving and learning from experience are central processes, which is why educators need to reflect on their understanding of what constitutes knowledge and practice.

The battle for education

Learning with e's

Education is underpinned by several philosophies, some of which are incompatible. As a result, there are many educational approaches, a myriad of theories and a bewildering number of perspectives. Social constructivist theory clearly derived from this set of tenets.

Theories for the digital age: Connectivism

Learning with e's

These facets of modern life in combination have led educators to question the validity of pre-digital age learning theories. One highly visible theory is Connectivism (Siemens, 2004). Department of Education: Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education.

Theories for the digital age: Paragogy

Learning with e's

The notion of ‘ paragogy ’ (Corneli and Danoff, 2011) relates to the peer production of learning but as Corneli (2012) warns, such an agenda may be at odds with established educational systems in some respects, and may even be opposed by some.

Theories for the digital age: Postmodern perspectives

Learning with e's

Consumers of Web based content tend to search randomly and nomadically, due to the multi-layered, multi-directional nature of hyperlinked media and this aligns neatly with some post modern theory. 2008) Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum.

Applying The Subsumption Theory In eLearning


David Ausubel, a noted American psychologist who specialized in education and learning behaviors, introduced the Subsumption Theory back in 1963. Based upon this theory, meaningful learning can only occur once the subsumed cognitive structures have been fully developed.

Designing for Motivation: Three Theories eLearning Designers Can Use

SHIFT eLearning

There are three distinct motivation theories that have been developed by scientists and psychologists that try to explain ways to motivate learners. L ook at the key ideas behind each theory and use them to improve the effectiveness of your courses. 1) Flow Theory.

Adult Learning Theory and Training Design

Obsidian Learning

As designers of learning for corporate environments, we often use the phrase “adult learning theory” to describe the principles that underlie our work. The Principles of Adult Learning Theory. The “father” of adult learning theory was Malcolm Knowles (1913-1997).

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

Learning with e's

Informal and self regulated learning are defining characteristics of 21 st Century education. Various commentators suggest that as much as seventy percent of learning occurs outside of formal educational settings (Cofer, 2000; Dobbs, 2000; Cross, 2006).

Designing eLearning for Schema Theory

Integrated Learnings

This is schema theory. Part of the foundation of learning psychology , schema theory suggests that memory consists of interrelated networks of knowledge, or mental models. Schema theory also supports the effectiveness of stories and scenarios in learning. Has schema theory helped inform the way you design eLearning? Schema theory. Review of Educational Research (Vol. By Shelley A. Gable.

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

Educators today are pursuing professional development by building their very own Professional (or Personal) Learning Networks (PLNs). An Educator’s Professional Learning Network. Diigo , Delicious ) allow educators to highlight, tag, and organize relevant webpages.

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

Educators today are pursuing professional development by building their very own Professional (or Personal) Learning Networks (PLNs). An Educator’s Professional Learning Network. Diigo , Delicious ) allow educators to highlight, tag, and organize relevant webpages.

Theories for the digital age: The digital natives discourse

Learning with e's

One of the more controversial theories of the digital age is the claim that technology is changing (or rewiring) our brains (Greenfield, 2009) whilst some also claim that prolonged use of the Web is detrimental to human intellectual development (Carr, 2010). The Chronicle of Higher Education.

eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

eLearning -Also referred to as internet-based learning, web-based learning, and online learning is any training or education delivered via computer. For many, their first experience with eLearning was educational computer games delivered via CD Rom.

#40years of educational technology: Computers

Learning with e's

These are some of the most important things I have learnt from my 40 years working in educational technology: Technology doesn't improve teaching. You can't simply drop technology into education. I needed to know more about using computers for education.

Teacher or educator?

Learning with e's

This is exactly what Vygotsky had in mind when he proposed his famous Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) theory. In our society, we often think of that knowledgeable other person as a professional educator, a tutor, lecturer or classroom teacher. Everyone is a teacher.

Measuring Learning: The Theory of Change

The Learning Circuits

YEP used the Theory of Change model to guide the development of program metrics and evaluation. The Theory of Change model offers program designers a helpful guide for planning and measuring learning and development. The Theory of Change looks like this (from “ How does the Theory of Change Process Work? ”): Step One: Identify Goals Start your program design with the basics: Goals. Last week, we kicked off Measurement Month with a discussion of why measurement matters.

How to Write Good Assessment Questions

Association eLearning

“Can someone explain this question to me? I don’t know what it’s asking.”. How am I supposed to know the answer to this? It wasn’t in the lesson.”.

Educational Games: A $5 Billion Dollar Market

Kapp Notes

Any market this big is bound to bring in the big boys and Google is seriously looking at getting into the educational game business on an App basis. According to the article Google Pushes Education Software Through App Store Google seeks to lure more educational developers and is stepping up efforts to generate revenue from educational related applications. I say “What does this potentially do to the educational game market…it opens it wide.

Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap

Association eLearning

Continuing education is needed to address the crisis, but while most associations do provide education, a number of third-party suppliers have entered the marketplace as well. But if continuing education is readily available elsewhere, why should members continue to join associations?

INFOGRAPHIC: 3 Facts About Mindset In Learning


Mindset is an often ignored yet crucial factor in learning. Here are three well established aspects of mindset in learning, and each is supported with tips for learning designers to make the most of them. Check out our infographic, or view the text here: 1. YOU CAN PRIME YOUR BRAIN. “

Surf’s Up: Riding the Waves of eLearning Trends

Association eLearning

Just like surfing there are many tips and tricks you can learn to make your online education, training, and development the best it can be. Every day there are new eLearning trends that absolutely must be implemented immediately. What about the Millennials? What about the mobile learner?

Making the future of education

Learning with e's

Many would agree that a lot needs to be done to bring education up to date. But this is just the start, and more can be done to ensure that the present day education system adequately prepares young people to take up their roles in a rapidly changing world.

Bridge the Skills-Gap with Competency Based Learning

Association eLearning

Where colleges and for profit organizations put learners deeply in debt to earn a degree as a credential to get the job, you could give them skills-based education, focused on their career path, from their first day on the job to their rise through the ranks.

Knowledge Is in the Cards

Association eLearning

There are, however, a few ways your association’s educational offerings can benefit from your learners’ unique experiences and values: • Ask members for their ideas, concerns, interests, etc. I was recently introduced to a card game called Dixit.

Dreaming of a Perfect Trainer? Educating Volunteer & Professional Trainers

Web Courseworks

She’ll be presenting on a topic of great importance to association education departments: how to “train the trainer,” as it’s commonly called. One of the things associations sometimes struggle with when building an education program is working with volunteer trainers drawn from their membership. These individuals are subject matter experts, but they may not be educators trained in adult learning.

70:20:10 For Trainers


Ryan has worked in corporate e-learning for over a decade, following several years in the higher education market. Learning & Development Professional has been running a poll on the following question: Is the 70:20:10 model still relevant today? And I’m shocked by the results.

eLearning Glossary Part 2: More Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

Previously we dug into the alphabet soup of eLearning terms and acronyms. But you weren’t full. You asked for seconds. So, here are some of the additional terms you wanted to defined.

The Learning Styles Myth

Association eLearning

Having obtained a degree in Elementary Education, I was shocked and still skeptical that learning styles was indeed a myth. We conclude therefore, that at present, there is no adequate evidence base to justify incorporating learning styles assessments into general educational practice.

Motivation and #Games: Motivational Theories for Instructional Games

Kapp Notes

Speaking of Brett Bixler, see his paper “Motivation and its Relationship to the Design of Educational Games.” These techniques can be used for Instructor-Led Training or eLearning modules. These ideas originated in work done by Mark Lepper, a researcher from Stanford University and Thomas Malone also a researcher from Stanford who’s work includes extensive investigations into why games are fun and motivational.

Elearning in education vs corporate sector


But elearning is more than about convenience and there are fundamental differences between elearning in the corporate sector and in education. Ultimately training is required for the organization to function correctly, and corporate education in order for it to evolve and develop.

eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer

Association eLearning

I don’t remember if I knew or cared that many of them were “educational.” It’s wasn’t just the fantasy elements that made those educational games so much fun, though that’s what I noticed at the time. What do you picture when you hear the word “eLearning”?