What did you find surprising or striking as you furthered your knowledge about how people learn?
How has this course deepened your understanding of your personal learning process?
What have you learned regarding the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology, and motivation?
How will your learning in this course help you as you further your career in the field of instructional design?
In some extracurricular research, I found a passage that helped me move forward from a roadblock that resulted from the barrage of learning theories and expert testimonials on the benefits of each:
“As we see it, the pragmatist ideas we advocate neither undervalue education nor aim to provide it with new epistemological foundations. On the contrary, the aim is to get rid of the unfruitful epistemological speculations that are based on a representational and contemplative conception of knowledge. Instead of engaging in an endless debate about the requirements of objectivity or rationality, educational theorists should try to create vocabularies and descriptions that are useful in criticising and developing educational practices” (Kivinen & Ristela, 2003, p. 372).When it all comes down to it, the most important thing I have learned from this course is that one size will never fit all and that flexibility will better serve my students than strict adherence to any one theory or style.
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Kivinen, O., & Ristela, P. (2003, September). From Constructivism to a Pragmatic Conception of Learning. Oxford Review of Education, 29(3), pp. 363 - 375.
Laureate Education, I. (2013). Learning Styles and Learning Strategies.
Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning Theories and Instruction (Laureate Custom Edition). New York: Pearson.
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