Learning Theories

A learning theory that coincides with my personal vision for teaching and learning would be Social Learning. Social Learning is described as “not merely a classroom event. It is a process which occurs all day and every day, as it involves learning from things we see around us (Omar J., Strauch C., 2014, pg 6) I feel that this learning theory is very important in the learning process. Learning from what goes on around us what we see and how we process it is a large part of our development. An example the Critical Analysis of Learning Theories and Ideologies and Their Impact on learning article gives about Social Learning is Facebook. I know that I have learned so many things because of Facebook that I may have never even had access to otherwise. Facebook has shaped social learning in a large way. We can get information from all over the world in one place and learn so many new things from food to a look into many people’s lives. Although there is so much information it may sometimes be hard to sort through what is factual and fake. There is so much good information you can get from social media but much of it is not as useful.

BYOD and Flipped classroom I think fit into Social Learning pretty well. Bring your own Device (BYOD) is when students bring their own technology into the classroom to work on their lessons. Bringing your own devices in to the classroom allows for students to be more comfortable with their technology because they have set up to their own liking allowing them to use it with ease. Research can be done and being on a computer in the classroom allows for students to reach more research then what they may have been able to do without it. Flipped Classroom is “flipped classroom refers to a model of learning that rearranges how time is spent both in and out of class to shift the ownership of learning from the educators to the students.” (Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., and Freeman, A., 2015, pg 38) Learning takes place in the classroom and outside. In this situation I feel that Social Learning can really be a large advantage in helping students learn.

Omar J., Strauch C., (2014) Critical Analysis of Learning Theories and Ideologies and Their Impact on Learning: “Review Article”, The Online Journal of Counseling and Education, 3(2), 62-77

Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., and Freeman, A. (2015). NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium

 

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