Learning theories

Ed App

Five Current Learning Theories. Learning theories unpack complex cognitive processes and provide useful mental models for educators to structure and design courses around, while also providing insights on best practice during and after learning experiences.

Top 10 learning theory books

Sponge UK

Understanding the way people learn allows you to create better training. 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. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Read for : Contemporary research into theories with examples of how they’re being used in practice. Design for How People Learn.

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5 papers every learning professional should read

E-Learning Provocateur

I don’t read as many journal articles as I’d like. The ones that I would recommend to my fellow learning pro’s. On Two Metaphors for Learning and the Dangers of Choosing Just One. In this paper, the author distinguishes between two metaphors for learning: the acquisition metaphor in which the learner’s mind is akin to a vessel to be filled, and the participation metaphor in which the learner is an active social agent in the learning process.

Games in Learning: Review of Grockit.com

Dashe & Thomson

Those of you who visit the Social Learning Blog frequently will know by now that I’ve been on something of a “games-in-learning” kick for a while. What’s not to love about a learning strategy that is informative and empirically proven to be effective, yet engaging and entertaining at the same time? One of the most interesting ideas I came across was detailed in a Technology article from the Wall Street Journal , reviewing a new web-based test prep company called Grockit.

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Brain science for learning: 10 experts to follow

Sponge UK

Having an understanding of research and evidence is essential for effective learning design. More and more L&D professionals are using this scientific-based research to inform their thinking but it can be hard to stay on top of new theories. We’ve curated a list of ten ‘brain science experts’ for learning, including neuroscientists, psychologists and learning leaders who reference research-backed techniques.

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Making Connections: Trends in Social Learning

Obsidian Learning

Building on the concept of communities of practice , Etienne Wenger (2009) has proposed a social theory of learning. The focus of this theory is “learning as social participation,” in which learners actively participate in the practices of social communities and construct personal identities in relation to these communities. As instructional designers, we’re aware of various theories about how and why people learn. Connectivism and Social Learning.

5 key insights for an engaging employee experience from L&D analyst Josh Bersin

STRIVR

Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte, is a global analyst in corporate human resources, talent and learning. He researches a variety of HR-related topics, from enterprise learning to employee experience to talent analytics. The #1 human capital trend around the world is learning. Deloitte’s 2019 Global Human Capital Trends report puts it bluntly: “The number-one trend for 2019 is the need for organizations to change the way people learn.”

Adult learning shminciples

E-Learning Provocateur

In the global game of Corporate Bingo, the term “adult learning principles&# must be one of the most abused. But what exactly are adult learning principles? The theory. Malcolm Knowles is widely regarded as the father of adult learning. Adults bring experience with them to the learning environment. Adults enter the learning environment ready to learn. Adults are motivated to learn by internal factors.

Brain’s Rule! – How Understanding the Brain Can Improve Your Learning Content

Rob Hubbard

Increasingly I find myself turning away from learning theories and looking to brain science to hel p me design engaging and effective learning content. Many of the established learning theories were conceived decades ago before the advent of the internet or even networked computers. Applying these theories to a 20-minute elearning module delivered solely by computer can be somewhat nonsensical.

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Why I don't like Twitter

Learning Rocks

I find it very useful and it has probably become my number one personal learning tool over the last year*. However, I am becoming increasingly sceptical about its use as a social learning tool in any organised sense and in particular, there are some characteristics of how it is being used that frankly I'm not altogether comfortable with. Perhaps this is because there are lots more conferences in the learning tech arena, perhaps not. If we count only work-relevant learning.

Meta-learning: educational fungus

Learning Rocks

Work-place learning similarly was usually fairly direct: "here's a bunch of stuff you need to know. It appears that all learning these days needs to be presaged by a lengthy study of what it means to be a learner. This was something that was at the heart of the Certificate in Training Practice too - my first formal step in qualification as a workplace learning "professional". And now it seems it is a primary part of ANY learning opportunity.

Meta-learning: educational fungus

Learning Rocks

Work-place learning similarly was usually fairly direct: "here's a bunch of stuff you need to know. It appears that all learning these days needs to be presaged by a lengthy study of what it means to be a learner. This was something that was at the heart of the Certificate in Training Practice too - my first formal step in qualification as a workplace learning "professional". And now it seems it is a primary part of ANY learning opportunity.

Writing to Educate and Entertain: What Would Stephen King Do?

Integrated Learnings

Iverson in the August 2009 issue of Performance Improvement Journal. Here's how she addresses those opening questions: By blending fictional and technical writing techniques with learning theory, we can craft written materials that both educate and entertain. Learn from the examples of best selling nonfiction books that use stories to teach, such as Who Moved My Cheese and the Fish! By Shelley A Gable.

Reaching further

Learning with 'e's

This is number 4 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. Yesterday we examined the work of Albert Bandura on social learning theory. Today, we explore the work of Jerome Bruner on scaffolding of learning. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 17(2), 89-100.

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

Association educational leaders who are responsible for developing adult learning programs often struggle with defining what makes for a quality educational program, especially one that relies heavily on technology. I witnessed second hand what I believe to be an example of best practice for blended learning design. Key Ingredients of Blended Learning Program Design. Rigorous Learning Objectives and Expectations. Adherence to Adult Learning Theory.

Debunker Club Works to Dispel the Corrupted Cone of Learning

Experiencing eLearning

A new group called The Debunker Club is working to dispel myths and misinformation in the learning field. Anyone who’s interested may join as long as they agree to the following: I would like to see less misinformation in the learning field. I will invest some of my time in learning and seeking the truth, from sources like peer-reviewed scientific research or translations of that research. ” I left the following comment on his Learning Pyramid post.

At the very heart of the feeling of personal effectiveness

KnowledgeOne

According to the self-efficacy theory of the eminent Canadian psychologist Albert Bandura, pioneer of the social-cognitivist movement, if you have little confidence in your abilities, your chances of achieving your goals are slim. The basis of social-cognitive theory.

Dr. Nanette Miner – Closing the Thinking Gap

Learningtogo

In our podcast, speaker, author and learning strategy advisor Dr. Nanette Miner unveils her plan to help employers close the thinking gap. Radio and is often quoted in news media like the Huffington Post, Fast Company, BBC, and numerous industry and trade journals. Dr. Miner has a doctorate in Adult Learning Theory and a passion for workplace learning – where time is of the essence and performance is a non-negotiable. Listen to Podcast: [link].

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Podcast: Dr. Nanette Miner – Closing the Thinking Gap

Learningtogo

In our podcast, speaker, author and learning strategy advisor Dr. Nanette Miner unveils her plan to help employers close the thinking gap. Radio and is often quoted in news media like the Huffington Post, Fast Company, BBC, and numerous industry and trade journals. Dr. Miner has a doctorate in Adult Learning Theory and a passion for workplace learning – where time is of the essence and performance is a non-negotiable.

Who are Instructional Designers? The existential dilemma.

ID Reflections

Role: Instructional Designer: Exp: 5-9 yrs Qualification: Any Graduate Job Profile: 1.The candidate should understand instructional design theories and models and should effectively apply them to develop eLearning content. 2.You should analyze client requirements, assess learner profiles, and design teaching/learning models that are tailor made for the target audience. 5.Professionals from the E-Learning industry are preferred. Being a learning professional in a Web 2.0

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

Association educational leaders who are responsible for developing adult learning programs often struggle with defining what makes for a quality educational program, especially one that relies heavily on technology. I witnessed second hand what I believe to be an example of best practice for blended learning design. Key Ingredients of Blended Learning Program Design. Rigorous Learning Objectives and Expectations. Adherence to Adult Learning Theory.

Our secret world of learning

E-Learning Provocateur

One of my peers in Australia, Arun Pradhan , is developing an app to help us learn smarter, faster and deeper. To gain insight on how we learn in the real world, he’s reaching out to L&D professionals, CEOs, entrepreneurs, actors and artists who have mastered complex skills, with the aim of uncovering our “learning secrets” Arun asks 4 specific questions and my answers are as follows… Q1.

Show The Learner Visible Signs of Their Learning

Kapp Notes

Too often in an instructional setting, the learner doesn’t know whether or not he or she really understands or can apply the knowledge they are learning. If the designer of the instruction provides continual feedback to the student concerning progress toward terminal learning objective, then the learner themselves can gain an understanding of their own mastery of content. 1976) Mastery learning. Mastery learning theory and practice.

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Deeper learning

Learning with 'e's

This is number 5 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the original works. It has also influenced other recently proposed cognitive processing theories including spreading activation theory and neural network theory.

The Mobile eLearning Express: A Brief History of Distance Courses

eLearning Brothers

The flexibility of accessing an entire course from a small and lightweight wireless device makes mobile learning the current education frontier. It is a very exciting time for online course developers as upgrades, new devices, new software, apps, and WiFi hotspots can now break course design out the legacy learning management system box. Regardless, it provides endless opportunities for creative ways to reinforce learning outcomes, objectives and improve return on investments.

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.

A Degree in ID Needed? or Not. I Say It’s Needed!!!

Kapp Notes

I’ve always thought that you could cover in one good day all the key theories, big ideas, and grand arguments of instructional design. Then the rest is learning to use today’s best tools of the trade to create good stuff. All the appropriate instructional strategies, learning theories and concepts in ONE day. Or, “I have read a lot of medical journals, I am a doctor.”.

How Social Networks Can Harness the Power of Weak Ties | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

These dynamics have been around for thousands of years, and have been written about extensively for decades – like in this 1973 article by Mark Granvotter in the American Journal of Sociology, The Strength of Weak Ties. If we separate the human aspect of social networking from the technology, we can learn a lot more about the power of networks – not just from today’s pundits, but from many years of sociological research on the topic.

Jay Cross - Untitled Article

Jay Cross

THE JOURNAL REPORT: LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCES. In this lopsided Wall Street Journal article , a professor slams training for all the wrong reasons. For one thing, he disregards experiential learning on the job and seems to think that training always takes place away from the job. I’ve been in the learning business for forty years and have yet to meet someone who thinks tech will solve all training problems. Design Informal Learning Working Smarter

Not Everyone is a Social Customer | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Not Everyone is a Social Customer by Paul on February 11, 2011 in Development Tools , customer service , social learning A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog about the need to train your clients on the various methods of…training.

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EdCast the Twitter of Education Raises 16 Million in Latest Funding Round

Training Industry

We learn more when we learn together,” according to the “Harvard Business Journal,” and social media has likely increased our need for social interaction. Phil Antonelli and John Lane wrote in the spring 2014 issue of “Training Industry Magazine” that “it’s as if social software was designed to support the key aspects of social learning theory.” Mehta applied this idea to learning with EdCast, a platform he describes as “the Twitter of education.”

The Great Survey Completion Rate Dilemma Solved (Maybe) | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS The Great Survey Completion Rate Dilemma Solved (Maybe) by Jim on December 22, 2010 in feedback , marketing The holidays are upon us, which means gifts, family, services… and the end of the fiscal year. As you’ve no doubt come to expect from my “investigative journalism” style, I did a little digging (and I mean little), and what at least one source reports may surprise you.

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The Great Survey Completion Rate Dilemma Solved (Maybe)

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS The Great Survey Completion Rate Dilemma Solved (Maybe) by Jim on December 22, 2010 in feedback , marketing The holidays are upon us, which means gifts, family, services… and the end of the fiscal year. As you’ve no doubt come to expect from my “investigative journalism” style, I did a little digging (and I mean little), and what at least one source reports may surprise you.

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Should You Tailor Your Training Content to Visual Learners?

LearnUpon

Since the 1990s, many trainers around the world have categorised learners into one of four learning styles; Visual, Auditory, Reading and Kinesthetic, otherwise known as the VARK model. They never forget a face but might struggle with names, and they find drawing or doodling enjoyable during the learning process. Challenging the dominant narrative on learning styles. Even Neil Fleming, the originator of the theory, has recognised VARK’s limitations.

Resources from CSTD Webinar

Kapp Notes

Hope everyone got some useful information for designing games and simulations for learning. The Role of Games and Simulations in Learning. It is better to have one “expert” avatar and another “motivational” avatar in a learning environment rather than having one combined “mentor” avatar. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 15(1), 95-115. Avatars and social learning theory. Avatar Content Guide Games learning design simulation

Delivering Effective Training in the Work Environment

ReadyTech

Learning styles differ from person to person. As a result, it is not uncommon for the learning techniques of instructors to clash with that of students. And when this happens, students can feel frustrated and discouraged—and the learning process breaks down. The key is to present information in a way that all students can learn effectively and apply their knowledge in the workplace. Enter Gagne’s Nine Levels of Learning. Level 2: Provide a Learning Objective.

Resources from my presentation at Innovations in e-learning Symposium

Kapp Notes

The Innovations in E-Learning Symposium is really a top notch conference, small, intimate but with great attendees and speakers and I really like how both industry old timers (like me) and Ph.D. Why 3D, Games and Simulations Matter for Learning and Collaboration? It is better to have one “expert” avatar and another “motivational” avatar in a learning environment rather than having one combined “mentor” avatar. Avatars and social learning theory.