Fitting the Pieces Together

     Now that I have a deeper understanding of the different learning theories and learning styles, my views on how I learn have not changed. I comprehend better why I am the way I am. It is enlightening to better understand oneself and one’s style of learning. Now that I “understand” my style better, I believe I will be better able to do my job as an IDT professional.

      I have learned a lot about the various learning theories and learning styles over the past weeks. I can further explain my personal learning preferences with several _isms. I started out with the following:

     “Of the learning theories and perspectives presented this week, I believe I fall into Bruner’s Cognitive Approach the best. He stated that “the goal of education should be the student’s intellectual development. The curriculum . . . should foster problem solving through inquiry and discovery. This focus would develop students’ capabilities to ask strategic questions and use their memory efficiently.” I am of the opinion that there is NO stupid question. I learned this “philosophy” years ago in middle school. I always had my hand up and asked questions. I am naturally inquisitive and like to learn and discover new things. If one person has a question, one can be sure someone else has may have that same question but may not feel comfortable in asking out of fear that someone else might think it is “stupid”. If we begin by learning how to think critically from elementary age then our intellectual development will be on a better and brighter path. It will also provide a better future for those we teach now.”

     I still feel this way although I do see some Behaviorism, such as reward (“Good job”) and punishment (points taken off), memory, and task based learning. I have to have things spelled out for me in “crayon”. If they are the least bit hazy, I have a hard time. I also see a bit of Constructivism in creating social meaning for myself and being a part of a bigger whole socially and culturally.

      What role does technology play in my learning (i.e., as a way to search for information, to record information, to create, etc.)? In this day and age, technology is everything. Without a computer and internet, a person would not be able to take a physical college class or take a college class online. Everything is “hooked up”. Information that one researches online through websites, blogs, chat rooms, libraries, online articles, etc. can be saved to one’s computer, a USB drive, a backup hard drive, or to The Cloud if one has access. One can create and record virtually anything they wish as long as they have the proper “tools” to do it with.

Since I am curious by nature, I sometimes “get lost” in all of the information out in cyber space while I am looking for something in particular. I might go to a site, find something interesting within an article, click on the hyperlink and go to that information, and so on. Technology is a huge part of my life and someday will be a bigger part of my life as I will be helping others as an IDT professional.

   “It is important to know how I learn so that I may understand and comprehend how others learn. Not one person learns the same way as another. We are all “wired” differently and are a product of our environments from our homes to school to work and our social arenas. What works well for one person, may not work so well for another. If we are to help others to learn and to “know” the material presented to them, then we must present it to them in a manner in which all persons involved may participate and understand. We have to be mindful of how we learn and mindfully present when we listen to others so we may understand how they learn. Stephen R. Covey of 7Habits of Highly Effective People stated it best: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”.”

 

 

 

 

References

 

Clark, D. R. (2000).Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learning Styles (VAK). Retrieved January 9, 2013 from:http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles/vakt.html

Ertmer, P. A. & Newby, T.J. (1993). Behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism: Comparing critical features from an instructional design perspective. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 6(4),50-71.

Frye, K, retrieved from discussion Week 1, January 2013.

An introduction to learning. [Video file]. n.d. Laureate Education. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

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

 

Connectivism

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Connectivism is a learning theory that integrates technology, social networks, and information (Laureate, 2009). Since I have started this journey to an MS in IDT, my time is limited. I must ask family and friends to allow me quiet time. I also find that I must ask forgiveness for not being present or not being able to attend some functions as I have homework to complete.
As far as technology, I use the internet, search engines, websites, blogs, videos, and a music site to facilitate my learning. I find that music, specifically pieces with no words, work best for me when I am trying to think or write a paper.
When I have questions, I look up the material on Google, ask friends and family, or search the books and the internet through blogs, video, etc. for what I need to know.
My personal learning network is supported through technology, social networks like Facebook, and the use of readily available information. I am connected, in one way or another to all three components. We live in a technological age in which is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much information out there to help one in their studies. On the other hand, there is a lot of information out there that should not be out there. I believe that I could not complete this degree without being connected in some way through technology. I believe it would be a more difficult task without the technology available to us today. I am excited to see what the future brings in the way we will learn through new and emerging technology.