Learning theories and online learning

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about learning theory for a number of reasons, among them the fact that my assignment for Pedagogy First for Week 23 is to develop a presentation about educational theory and online learning. So I’ve taken my best shot at it.

I’m posting two versions of this presentation to this blog entry. The first is a youtube vid which I put together doing a screencast (by way of screencast-o-matic) of my power point slide. The video is 9 minutes, however, and I thought that maybe, just maybe, not everyone would want to listen to me talking it all the way through, so I’m also posting a slideshare of the same slides (more or less…prob made a few tweeks as I was doing the screencast) for impatient folks who might prefer to move quickly through the slides (and incidentally I would probably be among this latter group).  So here they are…


Slide share:

It was interesting and challenging to sort through some of this information, and I hope my summary makes at least some sense! As I suggest on the video, I’d be pleased for comments and suggestions for improvement!

8 thoughts on “Learning theories and online learning

  1. Hi Claire – this is fantastic – a wonderful introduction to learning theories which might influence our teaching either on or offline. I suppose a gap for me, is in the notion of uncertainty and ideas around complexity theory, which is why I am interested in emergent learning. Would you say that this is implicit in connectivism and networked learning, or something that needs to be separated out?

    In your book will you not only be looking to the past, but also to the future?

    Congratulations on a great video.


    • Thanks! No I don’t think uncertainty and complexity theory are represented here. I was nearly double the time limit for the vid already! Just with the bare bones summary! No time for uncertainty 😉

      And I don’t necessarily think that connectivism gets to those things either. I’m thinking that maybe social constructivism does a bit more, which brings us back to our earlier discussion about a true social constructivist design (how do you design uncertainty after all?).

      Certainly interesting. Will have to mull on the questions a bit more.

      Book is really about how teaching online changes our work as teachers. Have been thinking about the “future” issue, but not sure am going there (takes books so long to be published that the future quickly becomes past).

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  3. Hi Claire
    >how do you design uncertainty after all?<

    Well this is almost the exact question that has been taxing my colleagues Roy Williams and Simone Gumtau, i.e. what does a learning environment which is full of uncertainty and promotes emergent learning look like – which is why we developed our Footprints of Emergence model. Since we had our paper published, we have done some presentations and gathered a few more footprints. In particular a group in Austria is using the model quite a bit for learning design and for gathering information about learner experience, which has been great to follow.

    Anyhow if you would like to know more about it (have the time!) then we are putting our ongoing thoughts up on a public wiki – http://footprints-of-emergence.wikispaces.com/home. Our paper is also on the wiki.

    I was pleased to note that it isn't only me who finds videos terribly time-consuming to make :-)……

    ….. and I agree about your point about books taking so long to get published that the future quickly becomes the past. The only way to cope with that in my experience, is through blogging :-)

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