I found the Learning Theories Instruction course to be a very important and interesting course. It definitely helped me understand how I learn and the importance of understanding how others learn. It provided me with the necessary tools I will need to have a better learning experience. It made me realize that if I was not able to understand my own learning style, then I could not become an effective Instructional Designer.
This week we learned about motivation. Motivation is what makes us want to accomplish something that is supposed to bring us great level of satisfaction or at least bring us to a higher state being. It is something that cannot be easily measured, but proves to be an important piece when we look at what drives someone to desire to better themselves academically, accomplish a desired goal like getting a promotion or successfully finishing a project before scheduled.
Learning theories are meant to help us understand the process of learning; learning styles are meant to show us the different path an individual uses to gain knowledge; educational technology provides the means or pathways to accessing information. Motivation is the driving factor that helps us bind everything together. Without it, learning does not take place.
I think this course is critical for whoever pursues a career in Instructional Design. Here is where everything is explained. Here is where you learn to identify how individuals learn and based on that prepare instructions that would address his or her needs; how to guide people and show them how they get from point A to point B in their educational journey; here you learn the importance of communicating progress or the lack of it in a way that you do not discourage your target audience and keep them engaged.
In this reflection I purposely did not use any references of any authors, (surely we all have now sufficient material to support our ideas) but I wanted it be my own words that described the importance this course has had in changing my vision of what Instructional Design is. It has made me look at things in a different light and has showed me that ID is much more than what I originally had envisioned.
However I do want to end this reflection with the following quote:
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”