What are your beliefs about how people learn best?
I believe people learn best by what comes naturally to them; for example, I am a visual and kinesthetic learner, so I learn best by watching and doing something. I believe that allowing the learner’s natural learning instincts to kick in will help the learner obtain knowledge in a more understanding, organized manner and the learner will retain the new knowledge for a longer period of time. I also believe this will speed up the learning process because the learner is not hindered by learning an awkward, unnatural learning method. Hwang, Sung, Hung, Huang & Tsai (2012) report that individual learning styles are personality traits of the student learning and how the student likes to learn, which improves learning (p. 626). The authors argue delivery of personalized learning is one of the educational systems most essential facets to offer learners.
Here is a link to a blog regarding how students learn.
What is the purpose of learning theory in educational technology?
Driscoll (2005) defines learning theory as a “set of laws or principles about learning” or ideas that link noticeable differences in actions or behaviors from the object that changed the behavior or action (p. 2, 9). Using Driscoll’s definition of theory and applying it to educational technology I believe the purpose of learning theory in educational technology is to gather information and knowledge that will lead to understanding how students’ learning improves while using technology.
Check out this video I found on YouTube, titled “Technology in Education” by Paul Hamilton (2012).
Driscoll, M. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction. (3rd ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
Hamilton, P. (2012). Technology in education. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXyCECMxhOs
Hwang, G., Sung, H., Hung, C., Huang, I., & Tsai, C. (2012). Development of a personalized educational computer game based on students’ learning styles. Educational Technology, Research and Development, 60(4), 623-638. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11423-012-9241-x