Matrix of Learning Theories
In completing this project, I found it difficult to place everything I found important in a simple matrix. As a designer I found some things a little more important than what the matrix asked for. For instance, when studying behaviorism, I wanted to stress that behaviorism is why we provide clear objectives at the beginning of our courses and typically refer back to them at the end of courses. Providing terminal goals is extremely important to successful learning in any structured course.
I did enjoy this project though. In reading some of the blogs that were referenced within the course, I found I agreed with most instructional designers in that I believe that all learning theories are important to instructional design. Each of them have their strengths and weaknesses. Each theory helps us develop materials dependent on what our design focus is. Bill Kerr probably said it best in his blog entry titled “_isms as filter, not a blinker.” His conclusion stated: “_isms are important but use them as a filter, not a blinker” (Kerr, 2007). I cannot agree more.
I did find that I connected most with connectivism. (Pun intended.) My current work and the school I choose to attend almost forces me into having a connection with connectivism. Technology and social networking is at the forefront of the majority of the learning and instructional design I am completing at this time. I find that this form of learning works well for me as well. Fortunately, I am fairly familiar with the various technologies available for developing strong social networks with people as well as with tools. Using a variety of technological tools improves learning from a virtual and social stand point greatly, in my opinion.
Following is a presentation of the matrix I created. What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my conclusions? Do you disagree? Please comment.
Think of how you are learning as you progress through your day!
Kerr, Bill. (2001). _isms a filter, not a blinker. Bill Kerr Blog. Retrieved on April 16, 2011 from http://billkerr2.blogspot.com/2007/01/isms-as-filter-not-blinker.html