Demonstrates ability to describe fundamental theories of human learning
This paper, Common Learning Theories for New Curriculum Developers, along with the associated curriculum (slides, organizer, and such) was designed to teach the group of curriculum developers that I work with the basics of the most common learning theories:
Demonstrates ability to read and understand educational literature related to Educational Technology
This paper and curriculum illustrates what I know and learned regarding learning theory and how I can explain them to others. It shows that I understand and can explain the three major learning theories.
It also shows that I can read and understand educational literature. As can be seen in the paper I used a number of sources with this project and was able to digest them and explain them.
Applies knowledge of human learning, diversity, and effective pedagogy to solution of problems
The curriculum of this project was designed to solve a problem that I was experiencing at my company. Our curriculum development group was growing rapidly and many of the more junior or associate members of the group did not have a good understanding of the basics of learning theory. This lack of knowledge limited their ability to develop effective training materials and to speak the language of instructional designers. I developed the curriculum as a way of teaching them the basics of these theories and how they could be applied. I did that by applying the learning theories I have read and understood to determine the best method to teach them. I also determined what theories or approaches would work best within the limitations I had, mainly time.
Overall, I believe this paper showcases my understanding of learning theory and my ability to apply them to a given problem utilizing education literature.
Learning theory was one of the areas I was most excited to learn about in my Master’s program. Gaining more knowledge about the various learning theories has helped me focused the training I build to help students learn.