Patricia Eadie

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.


Fitting the pieces together

After reading all the different theories, my head was spinning. I learned a lot, but I still don’t understand all the theories. However, before I took this course, I knew that there was different learning theories, but I was not aware of how the different theories affected me in my job as an ID or with helping people develop learning strategies. My learning style is a combination of social constructivist and adult learning style.

What role does technology play in your learning (i.e., as a way to search for information, to record information, to create, etc.)? Technology is very important to how I learn. The internet search engines help me to locate information and smartphones, Ipads,etc. help me to acces he information, store and retrieve it quickly.

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How has your network changed the way you learn? I don’t think that my networks have changed the way I learn. I think that my networks have enhanced the way I learn. I believe that my network enables me to learn more by connecting me with others who are like minded and can add to my knowledge of a particular subject.

Which digital tools best facilitate learning for you? The best digital tools for me are webinars, digital presentations, like power points and video. I retain the information better through visual and interactive tools.

How do you gain new knowledge when you have questions? I laughed when I read this question because my family knows that if I had a question about anything, I had a book in my library to answer that question. With the creation of the internet, now, the first thing I do when I have a question is start a search, I usually go to “Google.”

In what ways does your personal learning network support or refute the central tenets of connectivism? Dr. Seimans stated in the video in this weeks resources that, “our networks are incredibly rich now, whether it’s a mobile phone, whether it’s a computer, whether it’s access to a database, but we’re seeing a significant explosion in how we start to connect with other people but also how we connect with data sources.”

My personal learning network supports connectivism, because I use the network to connect with other people, for work, to increase my skills and to increase my knowledge. As humans we all need to make connections with others to continue to grow and learn. This learning is facilitated through the network which gives different inputs or knowledge depending on the source. I found this quote on the website “Connectivism,” “As “Learning may reside in non-human appliances. Learning (in the sense that something is known, but not necessarily actuated) can rest in a community, a network, or a database.”

Evaluating and Identifying Online Resources

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These are two websites that I found that have information on the brain and learning.

American Psychological Association

Research in Brain Function and Learning, is an article on the American Psychological Associations website.  The article discusses how the brain matures in children and how learning occurs. This article is very informative ad provides information on brain development and learning for the different stages in a childs life.  It is not a complicated read and it gives the information in a way that is easy to understand.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

The ASCD website is a great resource for researching brain-based learning.  The website has links to books, articles, DVD’s, experts, theories, and in addition you can watch sample clips of videos and get information about upcoming conferences.  This is a comprehensive site for information on the brain and learning.

Instructional Design

According to their blogsite, “IDDblog is a service of Faculty Instructional Technology Services at DePaul University. We’ve been named one of the 50 must-read IT blogs in higher education by EdTech Magazine, and our contributors include award-winning instructional designers and educational technology experts.” Iddblog has blogs that are informative and relevant to instructional design.

Upside Learning is a blog that supports instructional designers by providing links t online resources for Instructional designers. They describe themselves as, “ a leading provider of learning technology solutions.” The blog provides a list of other blogs and resources.

Allen interactions is an e-learning leadership blog. They state on their blog that, “We provide a wide range of learning services tailored to meet your training and business goals.” The blog also has articles and resources for instructional designers.

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