Foundations of Educational Theory for Online Learning

Foundations of Educational Theory for Online Learning stated that the theory of online learning borrows ideas from the four major theories: behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, and connectivism.  The first three have been around years and successfully practiced in traditional class settings to facilitate learning. The author states that by applying the same principles, we can create effective online learning experiences.  Among the four, connectivism is applicable only for the online environment because without the internet the theory would not exist.  Being connected within a network means that education occurs globally where people can access and participate from anywhere and in real time.  People have the ability to change the network and as a result there is an abundant amount of resources but also always the need to update and learn new information and methods or unlearn knowledge and practices that are no longer relevant.  One downside to the rapid addition and removal of information is that it puts a strain on the human brain’s ability to process information. If things continue to move at a fast pace or even a faster pace, it will mean a greater dependence on computer assisted technology to help us learn.  I’ve been in the EDTECH program since 2013 and fortunately I haven’t noticed any significant changes in how the courses are done. I think the biggest noticeable change as a result of technology occurred in 2011. That was when I first experimented with Google educational apps, and this was primarily Google Drive to save files on the cloud.  But it wasn’t until 2012 when I began to tutor online that this technology had a significant affect in how I prepared and organized my lessons.  Since teaching online and enrolling into the EDTECH I’ve learned a significant amount of technology.  When thinking about those that have developed quickly, the complexity of websites come to mind.  I can’t imagine trying to create a modern webpage starting from the ground up using codes.  Other programs that have required a considerable amount of time to learn has been the Adobe software. One in particular is Adobe Captivate.  This program has gone through two major upgrades since Captivate 7, which I started using in 2013.

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