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Now that you have a deeper understanding of the different learning theories and learning styles, how has your view on how you learn changed?

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?

What role does technology play in your learning (i.e., as a way to search for information, to record information, to create, etc.)?

I have gained a deeper understanding of learning theories and styles and have truly learned that people think in many different ways.  Sometimes people do not learn in just one way all the time, they may learn one way in one setting and another way in another setting.  We studied last week that “Learning styles affect the way students acquire and process information” (Gilbert & Swanier, 2008).  The way I process information is different from the way that someone else may process information.  I have learned that I lean more to the learning styles described as constructivist learning and social learning.  These are both styles of learn in which I feel I obtain and process my information a lot easier.  According to the constructivist learning, students process information through relating to personal and shared experiences as well as authentic tasks.  I like when I am learning material to be able to relate information to a personal experience that I have had or can indirectly relate to.  This type of learning helps me because I get a visual depiction of the learning process and it seems to stick with me.  I also learn through social learning.  Social learning involves social interaction with others in order to process information.  This learning can occur through group projects, discussions, role-playing and modeling.  Somehow I am able to recall the information through the interactions that I had from the lessons or presentation. 

Technology also plays a significant role in my learning process.  First, I enrolled at Walden University to obtain knowledge about Instructional Design and Technology.  Through this experience alone, I have gain information from classmates, blogs, websites, library research, software links and so much more.  Aside from school, I have used technology in my learning process by using search engines, news websites, email communication, and social networking.  I rarely go to the library for anything anymore because I am able to obtain information that I need from the Internet. 

I did not know that there were so many ways to learn and process information.  The styles that we have learned about do explain the reason why some students are able to grasp concepts and others are not.  It does show how hard it is for instructional designers to take into account all the ways that people learn because it is vitally important.  Adult learners, Social Learner, Connectivist, Constructivist, and Behaviorist are all ways that people learn and obtain material important for them to understand.  All of these learners can sit in one room and be expected to obtain the same information, but they all will obtain the information through a different processing system and some may obtain information through multiple processing systems.  The lessons, discussions and resources that have been provided have been very helpful in my learning process.  We were given video clips, blogs, scripts, articles and websites to visit to assist us with learning about learning styles and theories.  All of these resources we very helpful and played to all types of learning styles to the students that were enrolled.

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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Connectivism

 

Here is my mindmap!! I am sure it looks just as confusing as my mind does when it is processing all of this information.

Mapping Your Learning Connections

How has your network changed the way you learn?

My networks have changed the way that I learn in so many ways.  The ways that I learn are comprised of various outlets.  These outlets have allowed me to gather valuable information that has been beneficial to me.  Among my main networks of learning are my family, friends, classmates, school, and technology.  Each one of these aspects of my network serves as a mini-network in itself.  I am able to learn through conversation, internet use, networking, and reading.   Within these ways are different ways of obtaining information.

Which digital tools best describe learning for you?

The digital tool that would best describe my learning is the computer, which has the internet, software, search engines, email, blogs, and other useful components that allow me to learn anything that I need to know.  I do enjoy conversing with others, but that can also be done online through chatting.  The computer has many ways of ensuring that you get all of the information that you need.

How do you gain new knowledge when you have questions?

For the most part, if I have a question I ask someone that I believe has the answer or may know where to get the information from.  I know that I can also go to the internet to research information about the questions that I have.  There are communication tactics that can be use like texting, emailing, casual conversation, book/internet research, and even blogging.  I have obtained answers to questions I needed answered through many of these ways of communicating.

In what ways does your personal learning network support or refute the central tenets of connectivism?

I depend a lot on the learning network that I am surrounded by.  Often times you may not seek to learn something, but in common conversation or just general conversation one can learn from people in their networks.  The other aspect of my network being technology can expose me to so much information that I have to figure out how to decipher through the information.  Since one of the central tenets of connectivism is that people learn through the networks they construct, I know that this tenet supports my belief that I learn from my networks.  Through my job I grasp so much information about the welfare system, unemployment, workforce issues, grants for training, resume writing skills, interviewing skills, assessments and so much more.  My family and friends can introduce me or further allow me to learn about things I have knowledge of or no knowledge of.  School will allow me to meet and network with people that share many of the same interest that I do.  I am given tools such as educational links, eBooks, publications, postings, and professional interaction.

Resources

Hello Everyone,

 

In doing research for two articles on some of the topics that were explored this week it was quite interesting to the see the number of articles that we related and unrelated to the topics.  The brain is a very popular topic of study in many different faucets.  One article that I found to be interesting to share was about the brain and the way that it learns to read.  This article was entitled “What Brain Research Suggests for Teaching Reading Strategies.”  I found this article to be beneficial because it discussed the way the brain’s neurons continue to develop further than the first few years of life.  I also discusses that the development of the brain is associated with the way that it successfully recognized and relates information.  If instructional designers understand simple information about how the brain learns to read and process information it makes it easier to understand the need for simplified information.  This article provides memory consolidations strategies for reading, pattern building for teaching and word recognition.  This information may seem basic, but I believe it is the basis for learning through the brain.

 

The next article that I felt was useful was entitled “It’s About Learning.”  This article was geared around marketing research and the need to understand consumers have further developed in the world of technology.  Marketing researchers are now seeking to understand the thoughts of the consumers as we should seek to understand our audience.  This article is proof that not only do instructional designers research the way people think and learn, but so do others.  The importance of understanding your target audience can be the key to your success.  I value this information presented and believe it should be shared with others.

 

Rubinson, J. (2009). It’s about learning. International Journal of Market Research, 51(4), 553-556. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

 

Willis, J. (2009). What Brain Research Suggests for Teaching Reading Strategies. Educational Forum, 73(4), 333-346. doi:10.1080/00131720903166861

Hello Everyone,

I was amazed to see the number of websites that were directed towards the field of instructional design and training.  These resources will and are an added resource to all that seek to learn more about the field as well as access resources to assist us in the workplace.  One of the sites that I found to be a useful resource is the Instructional Design Central website, which can be accessed at http://www.instructionaldesigncentral.com/htm/IDC_instructionaldesignsites.htm. This website serves has a central point for instructional designer and trainers looking for websites to assist them in the field.  The websites on the Instructional Design Central website included links to the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Rapid Intake, International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), The eLearning Guild, Chief Learning Officer, Corporate University Xchange, Training Magazine, Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and Sloan-C.  Each of these websites has special resources that discuss trainings, professional conferences, blogs, networking opportunities, training tools, news feeds, and publications related to the field.  I believe this is an excellent website to consider exploring in that it has links to all of these websites in one site.

The eLearningpost site is a blog site that allows instructional designers to discuss information that they feel would be useful to others.  The website can be found by visiting http://www.elearningpost.com/blog/tags/tag/instructional+design.  This site also includes articles about instructional design, corporate learning, community building and more.  The site does not have a lot of articles, but the articles are interesting and focus on more than just instructional design.

 Although this site can be found on the Instructional Design Central site, I felt it was necessary to share further that the Association for Educational Communication and Technology site found by visiting http://www.aect.org/default.asp.  This website was user friendly and quite beneficial.  On this website, membership was available as well as other information exclusive to members.  There is conference, publication, and job center information.  Aside from these benefits there is an online store that is also available. 

 I enjoyed researching the websites about instructional design.  I would have to say that the most useful one was the Instructional Design website because it had links to more than one website.

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