Reflection

 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).

References:

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

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