Over the past few months, I feel this course has contributed most to my foundational knowledge related to learning theories. Prior to this course, I had limited knowledge of other learning theories outside of behaviorism. I knew that other learning theories like cognitivism and constructivism existed but could not describe fundamental components of these theories. … Continue reading Summative Reflection of LTEC 6010
Recently I was asked “Is there such a thing as social science?”. At first, I thought this was a silly question – of course there is a social science. There is clearly a natural science (e.g., physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, etc.) and a social science (e.g., sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, etc.). At least that is … Continue reading Is there a social science?
There is a close connection between theory and research - theory development relies on research, and research relies on theory. The purpose of research is to generate a theory or test one while the purpose of theory generation is to suggest things to look for (Fawcett & Downs, 1986). In the case of learning, theory … Continue reading Can Theory and Research Explain Everything?
Who are you? What does it mean to be you? A few simple words, yet the answer is far from simple. Essentially these questions are related to one’s identity – the whos and whats of you. In the most basic sense, one’s identity is who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way … Continue reading The Whos and Whats of You
Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Last week during class, we spent about 45 minutes creating an activity that encourages critical thinking skills. We were randomly assigned to small groups of 3 people to help with communication since we were online. The activity had to be 20 minutes in length, have a theoretical background, have a … Continue reading An Online Class Activity
I never understood the importance of theory and philosophy. I am not stranger to it as I have taken a class or two on the topic. However, the importance of the topic was never stressed. As a master’s student, I focused on becoming an applied researcher/practitioner and did not realize how theory and philosophy fit … Continue reading A Shift in Thinking
Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Technology has the power to connect us with others. We have so many different ways to communicate with others: people can use email, text messages, instant messages, videos, memes, emojis, pictures, social media, etc. and that is just out of the palm of their hand. To say the least, technology … Continue reading Communications Through Technology: The Positives and Negatives
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash The word learning is thrown around a lot these days. Take a moment to google “learning” and the results are astonishing – about 1.67 billon entries. Headlines such as digital literacy solutions, the learning A-Z, dictionary definitions, and special reports all line the first page of results. This does … Continue reading Personal Learning Theories
For my instructional design course, I finished the semester strong with a second full project. For the second project, I collaborated with a real estate agent to create a training module for her new employees. The training covered daily tasks (51 tasks in total) the administrative assistants would be required to complete. Categories addressed in … Continue reading A Training That Met the Needs
Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash Recently I’ve had A LOT of things going on in my life – summer classes, a new job promotion (with a lot more responsibilities at work), a new program I am developing in a very short time frame, multiple research projects that I am collecting data on, two conference presentations, … Continue reading You can do anything, you just can’t do everything