June 25, 2015
What did you find surprising or striking as you furthered your knowledge about how people learn?
What I found the most surprising was how many learning theories there are. Behavioral, cognitive, constructivist, social, connectivism, adult: and this week I also read about drive theory. People learn in many different ways and it was interesting to read about. However, I felt like I couldn’t really absorb all the information. How people learn is very complicated and we will not be able to design courses that meet every need. However, we can employ strategies that will assist learners. I also learned that we have to be careful that we don’t label people as being only able to learn a certain way. It is important to have learning strategies.
How has this course deepened your understanding of your personal learning process?
Taking this learning theories course was very enlightening. I did not know how deeply the process of learning has been studied. For me personally, when I was reading about the different learning theories, I could relate to something in each one. I feel that my own learning style is a combination of learning styles. We read this week about “Drive” and “Motivation.” I do believe that in order to learn you must have both instrinsic an extrinsic motivation, as well as the drive to do so; otherwise I would not be able to take this Master’s level class. I have to want to learn and I have to want to do the work.
What have you learned regarding the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology, and motivation?
Learning theories, learning styles, educational technology and motivation, allwork together. When designing courses we must consider all the tools we have. Learning theories informs us of the type of learning style we are dealing with and the why, what, where and how. We must then connect that to the technology. However, no matter how good our design and course are; the lndividual must have the drive and motivation to learn.
How will your learning in this course help you as you further your career in the field of instructional design?
In my new position as an instructional designer, this course will help me to design and develop training courses that will assist instructors with building their own courses. Having a better understanding of the different learning styles as well as learning strategies, will help me to design and develop better training materials.