A Deeper Understanding.

 

After studying more on the subject of learning theories and learning styles, I have to take a closer look at the way that I learn. As a school aged youth, I was more of a hand on person. If I could not put my hands on the material then it was hard for me to learn it. But now after reading on the different types of learning theories I must say that cognitive theories is the theory that best describes my learning style. First, I have to acquire the information, and then remember it, then use the information to problem solve.  Today with the advent of the internet, I have found a new way to find information without having to search the pages of books. All I have to do now is just speak into the computer or type in a question and a “world” of information is at my fingertips. As I write this post, I am thankful for the ability to attend school on-line due to the advancement of technology. I have stated that I am more of a hand on person, however thanks to YouTube and other social media, I can now watch as others demonstrate how to use the information that I search for in the form of a video. I can now take the technology that is available to me and use it to inform others all over the world. The world is now ours.  As instructional designers, we can create instruction for students and clients all over the world. We can give people, just like you and I the chance to advance in the employment world by getting more education through the use of the internet to advance their education

Reflection

As i reflect upon my network and the changes that it has went through over my adult years of learning. I find that there has been many changes that have taken place over the years that I started my learning process. When I first started my adult learning process, it took place in a physical classroom setting with me working on my bachelor’s degree in sociology. It was the first time I had been in a classroom setting since high school in 1986. Since that time, I am now in a on-line degree program for my masters in instructional design. The biggest change for me was moving from a physical classroom setting to an on-line setting. However, due to work, children, and the responsibilities of being an adult, I find that on-line school has made it possible for me to work on a higher education. If it were not for on-line studies, I do not think I would be able to go back to school. My network has changed the way that I learn in so many different ways. One of the biggest ways is now I have learned a how to use the internet to find the information that in need in order to assist me in my on-line education ,where as when I was a youth we did not have the technology that is available now. Connectiveism is supported by  my personal network through  There is not one single digital tool that facilitates learning for me, however some of the tools that has assisted in learning for me are the internet, moodle, blackboard, as well as YouTube and laureate educational videos. Due to the way that my learning process has changed from the physical classroom to the on-line classroom setting, I would say that my network supports connectiveism

The Doorway to Professional Learning Communities.

This week for my Learning Theories Class at Walden University, I was given the assignment of creating a blog account as well as exploring various blogs and resource sites that are relevant to the field of instructional design or training in the work place.  As I went about my assignment, I stumbled upon a site that I will share with you guy’s. The name of the site is upsidelearning.com Click Here . On this site I found 30 top online resources for instructional designers to keep up with.

A few stuck out to me and I will share them with you as well. The first on was on five myths about digital natives. Click Here on this site you will find an incredible story on learning related material for children. This site covers five myths centered around digital natives which are 1. Digital natives are loners and socially incompetent (geeks, nerds, etc). 2. Digital natives lead sedentary lifestyles; most are couch potatoes. 3. Digital natives are not in touch with the real world/reality. 4. Digital natives have short attention spans. 5. Digital natives are, in a sense, illiterate. I found this information very interesting in the fact that it opens my eyes to a different way of viewing how I felt about the younger generation. I think that you will enjoy the read.

The next site that I will share is articulate.com/rapid-elearning. Click Here This site will be helpful in our journey as instructional designers where as it shares resources that will assist us in instructional design sources.

This next site entitled a refreshing take on user experience design gives a psychologist point of view on the ideal user experience. Click Here This site will be great for those of us that seek the feedback of others on how to make our design effective. Well I hope you enjoy the information and feel free to leave a comment. See you soon.

 

Michael Hill.