Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Pragmatist; Activist; Reflector; Theorist
Check out this link for an article on the four learning styles according to Honey and Mumford. I'm an Activist - no doubt about it. Since I'm kinaesthetic, I guess that stands to reason!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Knowledge about knowledge

Stephen Downes again - this time tackling the rather abstract matter of knowledge. Trying to define it is a little like trying to nail jelly to a wall, but he makes a good start!

Stephen Downes on learning

I wish I could attend a seminar addressed by this man! Funny - since he's an authority on the virtual community.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Points to remember when designing an e-learning module

I have found that, having been a classroom based trainer for many years (especially having taught public speaking), I am subconsciously designing modules that will support a live instructor. Half way through my induction project module, I realised that this was the case and had to go back to the beginning. It is important to remember that the module must be able to stand alone.

It is also vital to be creative in finding ways to engage the learner. Elearning often makes it too easy to be passive. If elearning has been undertaken on an individual basis, with no accountability structure in place, it is a simple matter to rack up courses completed without there being any evidence of an achievement of the learning objectives. Elearning material needs to provide a system of checks and balances in order for outcomes to be measurable.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Do we need learning objectives?

A controversial look at a sacred cow.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005



Gagne's taxonomy of learning

Gagne's taxonomy:
verbal information
intellectual skill
cognitive strategy
motor skill

Bloom's cognitive taxonomy of learning

Bloom's Cognitive taxonomy:

Learning theories and instructional design

Instructional design models

Monday, July 04, 2005

Instructional design

How does online learning address the needs of the different learning styles at various levels of pre-existing knowledge?