Learning Theory

Utilizing Psychology in Instructional Design

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In my previous post , I briefly introduced the different types of learning, both primary and secondary, and explained how each learning style can be incorporated into the field of Instructional Design. This week I am going a little further into detail as to the neural processes involved in each part of the brain associated with each type of learning …

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Creating Online Software Training for Adults

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Creating Online Software Training for Adults Creating any type of training for adult learners is challenging because there are so many theories and principles to consider. Is the content too long? Is the content engaging? Is the goal of the content obvious to the user? Now consider those same questions for online software training for adults. You’re looking at multiple checklists …

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Bigger isn’t always better

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For some reason society seems to be obsessed with the notion that things need to be bigger to be better. Whether it is a bigger car or a bigger house, bigger is better. Sadly I have seen this mindset when working with subject matter experts. I can’t tell you how many times I have received a huge file of powerpoints …

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Bloom’s Taxonomy

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Bloom’s taxonomy has been around since 1956. Bloom and his colleagues developed six knowledge categories to help frame learning, which include knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. This model has stood the test of time in most part because Bloom’s team tapped into cognitive principles. In 2001, a coalition of learning professionals and cognitive psychologists gathered to update Bloom’s …

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The Magic of Memory Tricks in ELearning

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There are special people in the world known as ‘memory champions’. These special people are able to look at a string of numbers, a deck of cards, or bunch of random faces for a few seconds, then recall them with ease.  Your memory works like a computer; recalling information requires rehearsing the information. The difference between memory champions and those …

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How Does Active Learning Translate to eLearning?

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ctive Learning is a hot topic in the educational realm right now, especially among faculty and administrators in traditional P-20 learning environments. Everywhere you look, classrooms are being designed specifically to facilitate Active Learning, and curriculum is being developed that focuses on Active Learning, Constructivism, and Connectivism. But can Active Learning play a role in improving outcomes in eLearning? Let’s …

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Six Forms of Instructional Interaction

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When thinking about modern learning environments, especially those focused on Constructivism and Connectivism, it is important for us to consider the six forms of instructional interaction. Examining all six independently and in tandem is critical to the success of the modern learner. Let’s take a look at the six forms of instructional interaction, and why they are important in today’s traditional …

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Constructivism: Piecing it Together

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Constructivism has always been one learning theory that I personally feel makes a lot of sense, but gets overlooked in the rush to generate content. At its heart, Constructivism proposes that our experiences and reflections on them help us construct our world view. We are the sum of our experiences plus the knowledge we gain from them. In this way …

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Is Social Media Social Learning?

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The easy answer is: No, social media is not social learning. So, what is the relationship between social media and social learning? I like to think of them as the tool and the blueprint. Social media is a tool. It can exist on its own, separate from social learning, but it can also be incorporated into learning to support social …

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Keep it Social: Using Social Learning Theory to Improve Instructional Strategies

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I’m going to come right out and say it: learning is social. All learning occurs in a social context. Whether it is the social pressures/motivators for pursuing an education, the interactions between students and teachers, the interactions between students and peers, even the interaction between students and the class content (books, movies, pictures, handouts, materials, etc. are all created or …

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