There are a lot of studies involving how the brain processes information. This past week I have studied about the many theories of learning. I research theories such as behavioralism, cognitivism, and constructivism. While it is good to understand these theories and how people learn, as Instructional Designers and teacher, it is our job to then take this understanding and design effective, application-based lessons. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory discusses different learning theories, left vs right brain, and multiple intelligences on their Classroom Compass post. What I found helpful in their post was that they align applicable strategies to research theories.
As I continued researching good e-learning design, I found the following website that points out six key components of good e-learning courses.
Having now studied some of the theories of learning, I see why these particular steps are effective. The first point says to grab the learner’s attention by making the learning relevant. This ties directly to the notion that emotional interest in a topic will enhance learning. It also mentions breaking content into chunks which addresses the aspects of attention span and how it will affect learning.
I am glad that I have stretched my knowledge by studying learning theories, but at the end of the day, I need to be able to put these theories to use and I feel that the above-mentioned sources are a great starting point.
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This is my very first post and for that matter my very first blog! I am currently pursuing a master degree in Instructional Design and Technology. I will be using this blog as my place to research and investigate the field of Instructional Design, E-learning, and practical classroom strategies. My goal is to learn from other bloggers out there who are masters of their craft. So far I have found more than a few blogs and sites that I have found helpful. For now I will focus on three.
Ptotem Talk – I like this blog because it has valuable suggestions for establishing successful E-Learning courses. As a newbie in the field of Instructional Design, I found the posts on this blog very useful and especially like the links to FREE resources. Free is always good!!!
Cathy Moore – This blog focuses more on designing training. There are posts on focusing the of the training, saving time in the designing phase, and how o write challenging scenario questions.
McREL – I love this site!!! It addresses just about every topic a classroom teacher could think of from using technology in the class to should we assign homework. It also includes posts from parent and administrative perspectives.