Reflection

What did you find surprising or striking as you furthered your knowledge about how people learn?

As I progress through this course weekly, the many different learners and the way in which people learn and process information is most striking to me. Even though this is not newly found knowledge, but the information has increased my understanding and has better equipped me for the field of instructional design. With this updated knowledge, I will be able to better design effective instructions that will cater to the various learners.

Also, on the topic of multiple intelligences, I am left to question why is that in today’s education system and the knowledge of the different intelligences and learning styles, why is it that we still construct and conduct standardized testing and not given to incorporate these intelligences?

It is striking to note how connected very thing is. How each theory supports the different learners theoretically and then ties in the various learning styles and intelligences. The behaviorist theory postulated by B.F Skinner of rewards and punishment is also adequate in constructing the ARCS model of motivation. That is an individual’s background, age, gender, culture and environmental status are factors that influence learning and can be used to devise motivational strategies.

How has this course deepened your understanding of your personal learning process?

With a deeper understanding of the different learners, learning theories, and motivations has had me actively overserving and reflecting on my own learning. The process through which information is gathered, stored and retrieved is very interesting when tied in with prior knowledge. The process of learning is very complex and various learning theories can solve these learning problems when such issues arise base on the defined problem.

The theory of Connectivism has connected the dots with my learning preferences. I love learning and with the use of various technologies, I am able to broaden by knowledge base from the comfort of my own space.

What have you learned regarding the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology, and motivation?

In regards to the connection between learning theories, learning styles, educational technology and motivation, it is quite evident how these pieces intricately formulate and solve the complexity of learning process. With this knowledge, as an Instructional Designer, I am able to create and produce instructional material that can be fun with the consideration of the target audiences in mind.

How will your learning in this course help you as you further your career in the field of instructional design?

This course has provided me with the knowledge and foundation necessary for the field of Instructional Design. As prospective Instructional design, understanding the way in which people learn and the theories to support these learners will aid in the process of designing effective instructions. With the use of technology, I am able to positively motivate and affect learners learning outcomes.

 References

Keller, J. M. (1999). Using the ARCS motivational process in computer-based instruction and distance education. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, (78).

Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning theories and instruction (Laureate custom edition). New York

 

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