Reflection

  • What did you find surprising or striking as you furthered your knowledge about how people learn?

I was surprised that there were so many theories about learning.  In my opinion there is no concrete way of learning.  I believe that there is a mixture of the different theories that takes place in the learner.  One subject might need more Behaviorist type of learning while another subject may need more Cognitive type of learning.

  • How has this course deepened your understanding of your personal learning process?

I always felt that I was more of hands on learner and now I know the type of learning process that I tend to use.  Knowing the other types of learning processes I can also see how I use them.  I also hope to discover ways to help me more with my learning.

  • What have you learned regarding the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology, and motivation?

I have learned that it is a collaboration of all of it when learning takes place.

  • How will your learning in this course help you as you further your career in the field of instructional design?

This course has been a struggle for me.  I sometimes felt like I was learning how to figure out an algebra problem then asked, “Why is the chalk white?”  It has been frustrating, but I understand why there is a need to know all of the different learning theories.  Even though learning is a collaboration of all of the styles and theories; people, I believe, tend to lean toward one particular style and theory based on the subject.  If you know the different theories and styles you can best help the learner with the materials presented. 

 

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