Another course of instruction has come to an end an I still find myself quite satisfied with the amount of classmate collaboration eager to disclose their thoughts and offering of strong opinions/suggestions. All in all, it is the difference in opinions as educators, instructor, trainers and instructional designers all band together to teach valuable lessons of their own. Not surprising, but striking elements that furthered my knowledge toward how people learn really is situational and based on our individual experiences. There a many learning theories that have both been read and understood however I am not certain that there is just one theory amongst us that is not a hybrid mix of one or more other theories. With that said the awareness as an instructional designer and a learner, the five general functions of learning theory must be injected at all times whether we are creating and/or participating in a great course. These functions;
- Serve as a framework for research
- Provide an organizing framework for items of categories
- Identify the nature of complex events
- Reorganize prior experience and,
- Serve as a working explanation of events (Ormrod, Schunk & Gredler, 2009, p. 9).
To understand each theory presented throughout this course I like to believe that individual approaches to how we apply them to our own learning really can make a significant impact towards our studies. Writing assignments or developing a project, all that should be done is to take a quick break to reflect on how we can reach out, motivate and teach others with our own thoughts. This process involves the mustering of “all kinds of ideas from what we’ve learned from other people, what we’ve learned from our reading and so on, and we pull them together in order to solve a new problem or address a new situation” that simply increases knowledge (Ormrod, 2009, p. 1).
From an instructional designer’s standpoint, we cannot “decide the entire solution in advance. See the process as more of a dance than a structured enactment of a solution” due to constant module/course maintenance that occurs (Siemens, 2009). By taking great motivated steps now, the designer will most certainly ensure that the targeted audience will also be and remain motivated by our efforts. That, my friends, is what it is all about, knowledge transfer. There are some times when we feel as though the only star we can reach is that starfish on the beach however, perseverance and strong determination are attributes that drive us all to succeed.
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