What did you find surprising or striking as you furthered your knowledge about how people learn?
There are so many ways that people learn. Many, like me use visual information to enhance the information received in a class. This is not limited to a virtual or traditional classroom, but in our everyday lives. People constantly learn new things everyday whether it is at work or during our leisure time. It is amazing how people learn through watching others and are able to use problem solving skills to enhance the techniques that were learned that will later be used in a unique way that fits the learner.
How has this course deepened your understanding of your personal learning process?
This course has shown me many ways that people learn and retrieve information. In the book Learning Theories and Instruction, it explains that cognitive activities are related to three unique aspects of human intelligence. First, humans are able to learn about the discoveries, inventions, and ideas of great thinkers and scientists of the past (referred to as inherited experience). Second, individuals can develop knowledge about places and events they have not experienced personally through the experiences of others (social experience). Third, humans adapt the environment to themselves, rather than merely adapting to it. Today it seems as if everyone is learning in a social environment. We find many ways to connect with other people and by the end of the day we sometimes learn a large amount of information. It is imperative that we show that one learning style is not the only learning style that is dominant with respect to an individual or discipline. However, one person can have several learning styles relative to a specific course or subject.
What have you learned regarding the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology, and motivation?
“A learning style model classifies students according to where they fit on a number of scales pertaining to the ways they receive and process information,” (Felder & Silverman, 1988, p. 3). “Identifying each student’s learning style is an extremely difficult task. Furthermore, it becomes an impossible task to accommodate everyone’s learning style in a classroom or tutoring environment” (Gilbert & Han, 1999, p. 4). Learning styles influences the way in which students learn. When one understands his or her learning styles, he or she can make the appropriate modifications to increase academic achievement. Once you learn how a student learns then you can figure out what motivates a student. Using the technology that the student can relate to will also accommodate the motivation of the student.
How will your learning in this course help you as you further your career in the field of instructional design?
The information that I have retained in this class has helped me to get a better understanding on how to help students through the material that I design. I believe that creating an online learning program that caters to all types of learning styles will give the students Keefe (1982) defined learning styles as characteristic cognitive, affective, and psychological behaviors that serve as relatively stable indicators of how learners perceive, interact with or respond to the learning environment”. Colleges and universities today realize that students learn in different ways. “Thus, they need to provide multiple strategies for learning,” and also recognize that depending upon the lesson taught that learning styles can and will vary, (Dunn et al.,1994, p. 9)Gilbert, J., & Swanier, C. (2008).
Gilbert, J., & Swanier, C. (2008). Learning styles: How do they fluctuate?
Institute for Learning Styles Journal [Vol. l]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.auburn.edu/~witteje/ilsrj/Journal%20Volumes/Fall%202008%20Volume%201%20PDFs/Learning%20Styles%20How%20do%20They%20Fluctuate.pdf
Gilbert, J., & Swanier, C. (2008). Learning styles: How do they fluctuate?
Institute for Learning Styles Journal [Vol. l]. Retrieved from http://www.auburn.edu/~witteje/ilsrj/Journal%20Volumes/Fall%202008%20Volume%201%20PDFs/Learning%20Styles%20How%20do%20They%20Fluctuate.pdf
Now that you have a deeper understanding of the different learning theories and learning styles, how has your view on how you learn changed?
Before I never really thought about how i learned. After reading about the different learning theories over the past six weeks i have found that i use a little of all the learning theories.
What have you learned about the various learning theories and learning styles over the past weeks that can further explain your own personal learning preferences?
Both Behaviorist and Cognitivist emphasizes the role that environmental conditions play in facilitating my learning. Ertmer, P. A., & Newby, T. J. (1993). Everything i learn is related to some portion of what i see or what goes on around me. Constructivist theory relates to cognitive theory but it requires both learner and environmental factors. I know that it is up to me to orchestrate my learning and to find ways to understand information given to me through my personal experience. Social and Connectivism are somewhat similar to me. Social theory says that people can learn new information and behaviors by watching other people and Connectivism says that learning occurs when information is distributed within a network.Cherry(2009) Davis, C., Edmunds, E., & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008).This is truly how i learn because i connect with people through social networks and search engines to gather information daily.
What role does technology play in your learning (i.e., as a way to search for information, to record information, to create, etc.)?
Technology plays a very important role in my learning. Technology is used in my household and everywhere i go everyday of the week. I use my mobile devices to retrieve information for education or leisure. Technology is very quick in the retrieval of any information that i need. It beats looking in a dictionary or an encyclopedia for information (which could take hours). Technology is my life and without it a lot of people will be lost. I personally feel that technology is a form of distraction as well because we tend to spend time on these devices more than we should. Technology could also lead to laziness, eye weakness and many other problems that will eventually affect your health. This is the world we live in so it is up to us to use it responsibly.
Article: Ertmer, P. A., & Newby, T. J. (1993).
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Social Learning Theory:An Overview of Bandura’s Social Learning Theory by Kendar Cherry(2009) retrieved from:
Web Article: Davis, C., Edmunds, E., & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008). Connectivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from
How has your network changed the way you learn?
My networked has changed the way I learn because any information that I need is simply at my fingertips with the invention of cell phones and tablets. There are so many sites that offer information which makes it so easy to search. I can not see searching through a large book to look for specific information. The library actually has digital archived articles and information that is easy to access.
Which digital tools best facilitate learning for you?
There are many digital tools that I love to use. Search engines are the best for gaining information very quickly. If I knew how to navigate search engines the way I do know, I think it would have took half the time to complete them.
How do you gain new knowledge when you have questions?
I personally gain new knowledge through search engines and social networks. Many of my friends have different occupations or have studied certain information. When I have questions and need information then I normally go to Facebook. One time, I wanted to know the best way to clean wall with food on them without scratching the paint. I could have went to Google but decided to post my problem. Many stay at home moms that are my friends gave me great information.
In what ways does your personal learning network support or refute the central tenets of connectivism?
My personal learning network supports the tenets of connectivism. I tend to learn everything through my personal networks. One new way that I learn is through the Walden University group discussions. My main sources of learning come through technology.
Here is one of the Websites that give you good information about the brain. http://nichcy.org/schoolage/effective-practices/brain101
It talks about understanding how the brain works and gives you a great amount of recourses to give you indebt information. In this site that have links to different topics such as the ABC’s of the brain, what learning does to your brain and many more. So when you get a chance check this site out.
The next is research from York University about information process theory. http://www.istheory.yorku.ca/informationprocessingtheory.htm
This is a good site for people who would like to gain knowledge and understanding bout information process theory. They show charts and all types of information. I would urge you to look at this site.
One of the blog sites that I recently checked out was about the Hourly rates for an instructional designer. This is a really good blog to read and very informative. here is the site:
The next blog takes you to a link that gives you online course development tips. This is great to have for anyone that is new to creating online material.
The last blog that I visited talks about PowerPoint vs. Storyline. It basically talks about the difference between using power points to enhance your online experience and getting the students engaged.
All three sites are pretty useful in my opinion when it comes to instructional design. I am sure that there is many sites that offer more info and i an eager to check them all out.