When I began to explore learning theory, I immediately identified with behavioralism, cognitivism, and constructivism. I now realize that these theories are not they only way I learn. I would now include connectivism. I realize that my learning and understanding comes from everything around me. I am constantly taking in data and storing for later use. More often than not, this data comes from the multiple networks around me to include social networks and the unlimited access to information through mobile devices.
As an adult learner, I don’t feel I use behaviorist theories in my personal learning as much as the other theories. I am now at a point now where as I gain new knowledge I am making connections and relating it to things I already know. I am reframing my big ideas and constructing new understanding of concepts I thought I “knew”. As I have taken on the challenges and endeavors that come with online learning, I have reinforced my learning preferences, but at the same time I have opened my eyes to new ways of designing instruction. I have learned so much from the wealth of knowledge that comes from the diversity of the participants in an online classroom. It has afforded me the opportunity to meet and learn from people from all over the world. They bring their experiences and expertise to the learning environment. I say all of this with the realization that technology plays a huge role in my learning.
Through the use of technology, I have access to knowledge and information that I would not otherwise have. As an educator, I realize the importance of embracing what the use of technology can bring to the classroom. We can no longer close our doors and open the books and expect our students to be fully prepared for the life ahead of them.
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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.