Category: Learning Theories

Motivation in eLearning – Understanding the Adult Learner

In the previous post, “ARCS Model and Instructional Design – Motivation in eLearning” we discussed different strategies about how to keep our learners motivated through course design. In this post, we will continue exploring this fascinating topic of motivation in eLearning and we will explore other strategies to motivate our learners including more cognitive elements…
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ARCS Model and Instructional Design – Motivation in eLearning

Engaging learners is always a challenging task. Many studies have researched in the link between engagement and motivation. In this post, we will analyze the ARCS model and instructional design strategies to increase motivation in eLearning. What is the ARCS model? John M. Keller (born March 5, 1938) is an American educational psychologist, best known…
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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in Education – Strategies for eLearning

Designing highly motivating learning experiences is the challenge that most instructional designers and educators face. After all, each learner has different goals, desires, needs and preferences as we discussed in the post “Different Learning Styles – How to Design Learning to Accommodate our Learners”. In this post, we will be examining Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs…
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Different Learning Styles – How to Design Learning to Accommodate our Learners?

People learn in different ways. We all have our individual preference for the ways in which we learn. In this post, we will explore different models to categorize learners into different learning styles. We will also explain how to design learning to accommodate our learners. Understanding the different learning styles will influence the design and…
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What is Heutagogy – And how it fits with Pedagogy and Andragogy

For learning to occur we need students playing an active role in their own learning process. I remember my years in high school and university being most of the times a passive learner, just receiving theory from an instructor standing in from of the class. But this passive approached has changed, and in this post…
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Richard Mayer on Multimedia Learning

Multimedia elements such as videos, animation, graphics and voice narrations impact the learning process, and with the advances of technology, it is becoming easier to incorporate these elements into the classroom and in eLearning. In this post, I share with you some insights about the cognitive theory of Dr. Richard Mayer on multimedia learning. The…
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Meaning of Distance Learning – Different Models and Future Trends

My Initial Thoughts about Distance Education Initially I thought the meaning of distance learning was the learning methodology where the instructor and the learners are separated geographically and interact asynchronously. In this methodology, learners access the course resources via internet, or as it used to be, via radio, TV, or postal services. Basically, interactions between…
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Understanding Brain Based Learning – Active and Self-Directed Learning

The fact that the brain is a living organism connected to each part of the body, making it actively involved in the learning process is the focus of the brain-based learning instruction (Houff, Klinger, & Coffman, 2013). This post will explore this type of learning instruction to help you get a basic understanding of brain…
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Different Types of Learning Theories – Understanding the Basics

Before jumping into the design of a learning solution, it is important to understand the connection between the different types of learning theories with other aspects of the learning process such as learning styles and educational technologies. According to Ertmer and Newby (1993), “learning theories provide instructional designers with verified instructional strategies and techniques to…
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