Theory-informed design tips

E-Learning Provocateur

In my previous article , I proposed a Taxonomy of Learning Theories to organise a few of the myriad of theories into some semblance of order, and to assist instructional designers in using theory to inform their work. In this article, I go one step further by listing specific, practical instructional design tips that are informed by those theories. If you have your own theory-informed design tips, I’d love you to share them with me!

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Paper Cuts

Learnnovators

I’ll also share my problems – and there are plenty of them – so if you can solve any for me I’d be grateful! 360° PHOTOS. Google calls them “photo spheres” and they remind me of Microsoft’s Photosynth. Whereas Photosynth stitched together discrete photos, you record your photo sphere in a continuous circular motion. All you need to record your own photo sphere is the Cardboard Camera app. Yet I struck more problems.

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Narrative pedagogy 3: Problem solving

Learning with 'e's

The world is full of problems. It is also the basis of problem based learning (or PBL). Students are presented with a problem and limited resources (e.g. yes, sometimes luck - to solve the problem. Sometimes they don't know how they solve the problem, or where it comes from. Often, in the most advanced forms of PBL, ill structured problems are given, where instructions are sparse or ambiguous, or several potential solutions to the problem might be possible.

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. in high school, which involved solving problems like figuring out the volume of weird spaces. 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.

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In the loop (twice)

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This is the second in my series of short blog posts on important theories of learning. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied to education. Today, I discuss the work of Chris Argyris and his theory of double loop learning. This is a simplified explanation of the theory, so those who wish to read more deeply should read to the volume in the reference section.

Experiential learning

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This is number 7 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. In the last post we examined the work of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi on Flow Theory. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please refer to the original work of the theorist.

The games we play

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Gee provides several principles that together constitute a games based learning theory. There are intrinsic rewards within most games, which if designed cleverly, will provide a gradient of difficulty (levels and goals) including problems to solve and knowledge to gather, which gamers can achieve with incremental effort and commitment. It is clear that problem solving and critical thinking skills are essential skills for successful learning and working.

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Design for life

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This is number 30 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. This should not so much be considered as a theory, but is a useful perspective on design and human perception. The Theory An examination of the work of JJ Gibson, as previously documented on this blog , shows that people perceive affordances in any object.

The point of no return

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This is number 27 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, I will examine Jack Merizow''s Transformative Learning theory. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Bandura Social Learning Theory 4.

In the flow

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This is number 6 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. In the last post we examined the work of Craik and Lockhart on Levels of Processing theory. In this post, we explore the work of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi on Flow Theory.

Memory full

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The emphasis of the Working Memory model, and also Dual Coding Theory is that memories are strengthened when both auditory and visual stimuli are presented to the learner in an optimal combination. The work of John Sweller and Nillie Lavie on Cognitive Load Theory and Capacity Theory (based on studies by Shalom Fisch ) is useful to help us understand how to optimise digital design environments such as the layout of virtual learning environments or online discussion groups.

Conflict resolution

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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. In this post, we continue to explore Festinger''s work, this time focusing on his theory of cognitive dissonance. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Lightbulb moments

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We reach number 21 in this 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 my last post I featured Gestalt theory - and the work of Kurt Koffka. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Bandura Social Learning Theory 4.

Learning, making and powerful ideas

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This is number 31 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 Theory Not to be confused with constructivism, constructionism is a cognitive theory that relates to learning by making things. Bandura Social Learning Theory 4. Bruner Scaffolding Theory 5. Csíkszentmihályi Flow Theory 7.

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Drive through learning

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This is number 16 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 my most recent post I featured the theory of Heutagogy by Stewart Hase and Chris Kenyon and its applications to education. In this post, we will explore Clark Hull''s drive reduction theory of motivation.

Strictly for adults?

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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. In this post, we review the andragogy theory of Malcolm Knowles. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Take one of the key tenets of andragogy - problem based learning.

Stage by stage

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This is number 33 in my series on learning theories. Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this series I''m providing a brief overview of the theories, and how each can be applied in education. My last post explored the work of Allan Paivio and his theory of dual coding. The Theory Jean Piaget was interested in how children develop their thinking. Bruner Scaffolding Theory 5.

Reaching further

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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. The role of tutoring in problem solving.

Learning from each other

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This approach to pedagogy has its roots in Vygotskiian Zone of Proximal Development theory , where a more knowledgeable other, whether teacher, adult or simply a better informed peer, can extend someone's learning experience beyond what they might achieve alone (Vygotsky, 1978). This is not something ZPD theory explicitly takes into account. collaborative learning learning pedagogy peer learning problem solving teaching Vygotsky ZPD

The battle for education

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As a result, there are many educational approaches, a myriad of theories and a bewildering number of perspectives. My students are currently grappling with this problem, as they seek to answer the essay question: ''who should define the curriculum?'' Social constructivist theory clearly derived from this set of tenets. Aristolean realist theory became the basis for behaviourist beliefs that content was central to education, under the control of experts.

The shape of minds to come

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This is number 17 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 my most recent post I featured Hull''s Drive Reduction theory and its applications to education. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Im not looking for the obtuse theory books. They might refer to theory, but they dont get bogged down in it: e-Learning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer Michael Allens Guide to E-Learning by Michael Allen Gadgets, Games & Gizmos for Learning by Karl Kapp Last May, I started a bit of a list in this post: Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit. Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: On.

Passing of the year

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Perhaps his greatest contribution to our knowledge about educational technology came in the form of his theory of transfer of learning (a theory that can be applied to learning through problem solving), but he also did extensive work into the optimal design of cognitive tools and learning environments. Alvin Toffler constructionism education Gavriel Salomon Jerome Bruner learning pedagogy Psychology schools Seymour Papert Technology theory

The shape of minds to come

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Image by Steve Wheeler This is number 17 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 my most recent post I featured Hull's Drive Reduction theory and its applications to education. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

How the 8 Effects of Arts Education Are Changing Online Pedagogy, Part 4

Kadenze

Photo by Teddy Kelly / Unsplash. Over the past twenty years, Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) has become an established and leading theory in the field of e-learning and online pedagogy. Essentially, it argues that instructors need to attend to the ways in which a learner’s cognitive resources are focused and used during learning and problem solving. In this final vodcast of the series, Brad Haseman, Executive Vice President of Kadenze, Inc.

Using a Learning Management System to Gather Good Ideas

Absorb LMS

I’ve inserted a photo from a reputable news source below to show you that this really exists. We can all breathe more easily, however, because: “The pole has not caused any harm, so far …the problem will be fixed by the end of the month” CAPTION: An electric pole stands in the middle of a road in Johnville, Que. What works in theory may not work in practice.

How the 8 Effects of Arts Education Are Changing Online Pedagogy, Part 3

Kadenze

Photo by W / Unsplash. Henry Moore, one of the most significant British artists of the twentieth century, perfectly captures the first two effects in this description of his working process: “I sometimes begin a drawing with no preconceived problem to solve … But as my mind takes in what is so produced a point arrives where some idea becomes conscious and crystallises, and then control and ordering begins to take place.”.

Deeper learning

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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. Other explanations of memory have focused on the functions of various types of memory, and such approaches are often referred to as multi-store theories.

Using a Learning Management System to Gather Good Ideas

Absorb LMS

I’ve inserted a photo from a reputable news source below to show you that this really exists. We can all breathe more easily, however, because: “The pole has not caused any harm, so far …the problem will be fixed by the end of the month” CAPTION: An electric pole stands in the middle of a road in Johnville, Que. What works in theory may not work in practice.

Knowledge, practice and community

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After a break from blogging during the summer break, I''m back, and here is the continuation of my series on theories of learning, with number 25. You may recall that 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 previous post highlighted issues around the situated learning theory of Jean Lave. Bandura Social Learning Theory 4. Bruner Scaffolding Theory 5.

Self-Paced Training vs. Instructor-Led Training

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When an instructor is in the same classroom as users, they can help them set up their machines, download software, and directly troubleshoot problems that the learners are experiencing. Training has often been seen as a cost center, which isn’t surprising when you think about it.

Engaging online learners 1

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Engaging them in online environments can amplify the problem. 1995) Social presence theory and implications for interaction and collaborative learning in computer conferences. Engaging learners can be difficult in any context.

Top 12 LXP Features: The Complete List

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This includes sharing screengrabs, webcam recordings, movies, photos, and inquiries, as well as internet information (such as site links and YouTube links). An LXP should, in theory, foster engagement, reward excellent behavior, and promote and encourage usage over time.

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Customer Service Chatbots – Best Practices

Mobile Coach

The optimistic idea that you just have to set up your bot and it would automatically learn and improve without any hand holding was more theory than reality. Photo by Halacious on Unsplash. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay.

What you see is what you get

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Here is number 13 in my series of short posts on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I examined Howard Gardner''s theory of multiple intelligences and its applications to education. In this post, we explore the work of James Jerome Gibson on the perception of everyday objects and his theory of affordances.

4 myths on how to spice things up in online learning

The eLearning Nomad

First, the learning style theory has been debunked a long time ago. There are lots of reasons why we should add visuals (photos, illustrations, diagrams, maps, charts, etc.) In collaborative eWorkshops, they might be smart real-life stories with real problems, which are solved by teams of learners. ” Here is Stephen Downes’ take on this: “The problem with video news is that you have to sit and wait for it. How do we make an online course exciting?

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Gameful Approaches to Motivation & Engagement: Recap of #WhartonGame Summit

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Sebastian indicated that one of the problems with gamification research is that we have seen implementation study vs implementation studies on gamification and found that if you give people feedback on their behavior in a structured manner, it can impact people’s behavior. Theory is that it is not the natural way a group works and, therefore, once the novelty wore off, the competition wasn’t motivational.

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What you see is what you think

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A 3D Printed version of the Penrose Triangle This is number 14 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I discussed J J Gibson''s affordances theory and its applications to education. As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature.

4 myths on how to spice things up in online learning

The eLearning Nomad

First, the learning style theory has been debunked a long time ago. There are lots of reasons why we should add visuals (photos, illustrations, diagrams, maps, charts, etc.) In collaborative eWorkshops, they might be smart real-life stories with real problems, which are solved by teams of learners. ” Here is Stephen Downes’ take on this: “The problem with video news is that you have to sit and wait for it. How do we make an online course exciting?

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A simple way to help beginners get started with Articulate Storyline

eLearning Architect

The theory behind this training As I'm sure you all know from experience, it's much easier to learn how to use software by having a go yourself. However these are the key steps: Step 1 - Adding animations to the photos Add the background and 6 images of the Unreal Ltd staff to a blank slide. You can also use this step to explain how dragging items up and down the timeline affects the layering of the photos on the slide.