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. Five Learning Theories.

Top 10 learning theory books

Sponge UK

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. Read for : Contemporary research into theories with examples of how they’re being used in practice. If you’re struggling to apply learning theory to the real world Make It Stick could offer you the answer. Learning Theories Simplified.


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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. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning , 2(1), pp. Given the challenges and pressures of professional life, combined with everything else that’s been going on privately, I’ve fallen out of the habit of scanning the latest abstracts and deep diving into particular studies.

New frontiers opening for STM journals


New frontiers opening for STM journals. The scientific, technical and medical (STM) journal market is populated by individuals who are pushing the boundaries of research and posing exciting new theories. A recent LinkedIn Pulse blog post by Simon Owens delved into one particularly exciting method by which scholarly journals are building specialist interest in their papers. E-journals published on open access models promote inspection on the spot.

Disruption coming to the STM journal field


Disruption coming to the STM journal field. New theories are always rising to take the place of previous ideas, with researchers building on one another's work and pushing overall knowledge forward. Equipped with platforms such as interactive STM journals, scientists will be able to communicate their latest work in more effective and innovative ways. The crux of the science, technology and medical (STM) research field is that progress is constant.

Corporate Play-Day: How The Big Boys Are Gaming

Dashe & Thomson

And while it’s never a good idea to do something just because others are doing so (I hear my mom yelling at me “if your friends jumped off a cliff would you do that too?”), the Wall Street Journal recently posted an interesting article detailing how the “big boys” are utilizing games these days. Gaming Theory Gamification Learning Circuits Blog Wall Street Journal

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Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

Learning with 'e's

In many ways, heutagogy is aligned to other digital age theories, in that it places an importance on ‘learning to learn’, and the sharing rather than hoarding of that knowledge. This is an excerpt from a forthcoming publication entitled: Personal Technologies in Education: Issues, Theories and Debates] References Beishuizen, J. 2007) Heutagogy: A Child of Complexity Theory, Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education , 4 (1), 111–118.

Games in Learning: Review of Grockit.com

Dashe & Thomson

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. Gaming Theory elearning Informal Learning interactive learning peer-to-peer learning social learning social learning theory web-based trainingThose 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.

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Top 5 eLearning Skills for 2011 – A Follow-Up

eLearning Weekly

Whether you are formally trained in Instructional Design or you have spent a number of years in the industry practicing the craft, ID is not a specific skill rather a conglomerate of methods, models, practices, theories, and techniques. Others came to this industry through circumstance with an English, Journalism, or Technical Writing degree, while others may or may not have any ID or writing background at all. eLearning Weekly welcomes our newest contributor, Kevin Thorn.

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). It could be argued that these theories stem back to the seminal claim of Marshall McLuhan (1964) that ‘we shape our tools and thereafter, our tools shape us.’ Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 26, (3), 344–356.

An interview with Michael G Moore

Learning with 'e's

He is well known as one of the pioneers of distance education, one of the original team of academic consultants working with the British government to establish the Open University in the 1960s, and latterly, as the long serving founding editor of the American Journal of Distance Education. He is also credited with the theory of transactional distance , which has influenced many studies and publications on the topic over the last 30 years.

Silicon Valley Parents Question Value of Technology in Learning. Should We?

Dashe & Thomson

My collegue, Jim, just wote a blog post highlighting recent Wall Street Journal article, Companies Adopt Gaming Techniques to Motivate Employees , which describes how the “big boys” are using game technology to engage employees. Classroom Learning Evaluation Informal Learning Innovation Learning Style Theory Social Media Training Development technology classroom training elearning instructional design

Brain science for learning: 10 experts to follow

Sponge UK

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. Dr Itiel Dror Senior Cognitive Neuroscience Researcher at University College London, Dr Itiel Dror’s research has featured in The Economist and the journal, Nature. Follow for: Practical applications of cognitive theories for L&D. Learning theory Uncategorized brain science learning theory

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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: A learning theory for the digital age.

Are Learning and Entertainment Mutually Exclusive?

Bottom-Line Performance

Jennifer’s post titled Corporate Training – Journalism or Entertainment , really got me thinking about learning versus entertainment. Tags: Learning Research Uncategorized emerging trends and technologies learning design learning transfer learning games learning theory Richard Mayer Ruth Clark Are they congruous or exclusive? I want to believe training can effectively be delivered in an entertaining way. I for one want to be entertained.

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. Tags: Instructional Design Scenario-Based Learning Storytelling eLearning Cognitive Theory By Shelley A Gable. When you write content for eLearning, do you think of it as technical communication? Creative writing?

Adult learning shminciples

E-Learning Provocateur

The theory. Laurie Blondy does a useful (if somewhat repetitive) job of reviewing Knowles’ 5 assumptions in the Journal of Interactive Online Learning. Tags: instructional design learning theory andragogy constructivism instructivism pedagogy In the global game of Corporate Bingo, the term “adult learning principles&# must be one of the most abused. It’s a convenient abstract that can whitewash a range of unsubstantiated claims and half-truths.

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


The method combines VR with advanced learning theory, data science and spatial design , and is far more engaging and memorable than traditional learning methods. He is passionate about leadership development and is frequently featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and Fast Company. Employee Experience data hr L&D learning theory Science soft skills

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. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the original works. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 17(2), 89-100.

Abstract of Study Related to Storytelling

Kapp Notes

International Journal Of Listening, 28(1), 32-46. The constructivist theory of narrative comprehension, along. Theoretically, the results demonstrate that constructivist theory of narrative comprehension is relevant to contexts beyond written texts—to listening contexts. theory of narrative comprehension (Graesser et al., While this theory. Journal of Educational Psychology, 92, 107–116.

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Designing with science

Clark Quinn

And, of course, you can also go right to the pure journals, like Instructional Science, and Learning Sciences, and the like, if you are fluent in academese. The second approach I recommend is theory. In particular, Cognitive Apprenticeship (my favorite model; Collins & Brown), or other theories like Elaboration Theory (Reigeluth), Pebble in a Pond (Merrill), or 4 Component ID (Van Merriënboer). How should we design?

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Hey! Editors of "Educational Researcher".Get a FREAKING CLUE!!!!!

Mark Oehlert

Mallette.and anybody else directly involved with the choice to publish the journal " Educational Researcher " through SAGE. Why not follow the model of the Public Library of Science Journals ? Or Open Access Journals ? Your authors work is seen by more people, your hard work in editing this journal is seen by more people, the credibility of your peer reviewers is judged by more people.

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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Learning Styles and E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

A theory discussion. I will point out some research that indicates that says learning styles exist, but I am not going to focus on some scientific theory thing, which is one reason why I started this blog in the first place – too much theory, and not real world.

4 Tips for Offering and Mastering Online Coaching


Any worksheets or interactive components like calendars, journals, and goal setting needs to be fully transparent – e.g. visible to both you and your student at all stages of completion. Particularly useful with ongoing workbooks, journals, calendars, etc. Get a video conferencing option that gives you the ability to discuss theories and check-ins with both single students or small groups at the same time. Cash-in by supplementing your online courses with one-on-one coaching.

Why I don't like Twitter

Learning Rocks

Present, only not present The edu-learning crowd like to bust myths - our ILT forebears are prone to latching on to every snakeoil salesman to cross their path or submit an article to their journals so there are plenty floating about in need of deflation. web conferencing thoughts learning theory social learning twitter events BETTrLet me start by making one thing really clear. I like Twitter very much.

Abstracts of Three Studies Related to Pedagogical Agents

Kapp Notes

Journal Of Educational Computing Research, 49(1), 1-39. The findings of this study have implications for advancing theory and practice, as well as highlighting productive future directions for research. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 16(4), 275-286. Journal Of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 18(3), 239-252. Here are three interesting research abstracts about using avatars or pedagogical agents (fancy word for characters) in elearning. Abstract One.

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Evaluating non-formal learning in the context of the Four-Level Model

The E-Learning Curve

Donald L Kirkpatrick first published his ideas on evaluating learning in 1959 in a series of articles in the US Training and Development Journal. In this text he outlined and further developed his theories on […] Evaluating non-formal learning in the context of the Four-Level Model is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog. The articles were subsequently included in his book Evaluating Training Programs (originally published in 1975; I have the 2006 edition).

Weekly Bookmarks (9/19/2010)

Experiencing eLearning

The Modified Low-First Method is an optimal spaced learning method which was derived from a reactivation theory of spacing effects and was designed to be effective by setting as advantageous spaces as possible for all items and for any learners with various working memory capacities. MIT Press JournalsJournal of Cognitive Neuroscience – Early Access – Abstract Annotated. SpringerLink – Journal of General Internal Medicine, Volume 23, Number 7.

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Looking for Instructional Designer Blogging/Writin about AR, VR, or MR in Instructional Design for Capstone Project

Adobe Captivate

I’ve found many books to support my theory and several studies in different journals but as would love to be able to include companies and instructional design professions using at least one of the emerging visual technology formats as a major component for your current and future instructional design strategy.

Meta-learning: educational fungus

Learning Rocks

My colleagues in the "soft-skills" team were switched on to getting their delegates (always "learners" in their parlance - never "trainees") to reflect on their development, and mandated by things like Investors in People , we encouraged everyone to discover their learning style, keep a CPD folder, start a journal of reflective practice and so on. Tags: thoughts learning theory qualifications education CPD

Collective mind losing redux

Clark Quinn

Then, he goes on to claim that the response won’t be a literature review, a theory discussion, or written as a journal post. I reported about a conversation on LinkedIn badly defending learning styles. And, the subsequent post came out.

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

I’ve been a student of blending learning design theory for a long time, and witnessing this exemplary course helped crystallize for me the key ingredients for creating effective blended learning experiences. Adherence to Adult Learning Theory. Adherence to Adult Learning Theory. Personal Learning Journal. Coaching Theory Presentations. Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program.

7 Practical Guidelines From Cognitive Science for eLearning

eLearning Brothers

Unfortunately, much of that wisdom is locked in scholarly journal articles and dense—dare I say boring?—books, For each guideline, we will see how they were derived from research and theory, see examples of how it has been implemented in the workplace, and discuss how it can be applied to improve your own designs.

What Is The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve? Less Than 100 Words

Roundtable Learning

This theory is relevant in the context of employee learning and development (L&D) because it underscores the importance of learning reinforcement. Writing in a learning journal. Ready to learn more about the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve?

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. 3.You should have a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in a corporation, educational institute, publication house, or journalism. Note: the solutions should be firmly based on learning theories and not used at random.

At the very heart of the feeling of personal effectiveness


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.