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Archive for the month “November, 2013”


The brain and Learning, Information Processing Theory, and Problem-Solving Methods during the Learning Process
This week’s blog entry was to research websites or online journals that dealt with various topics including the brain and learning and Problem-Solving methods during the learning process.
How the Brain Learns Best –‎
This article was written by Dr. Bruce D. Perry in Scholastic magazine where he tails about how the brain learns. He discusses how the neural system work, making the reader aware of the different areas of the brain and how the neural system experiences fatigue quickly. Learners need some sort of entertainment in their lesson so that they can focus on what their studies. When one becomes bored the neural system is fatigued and learners will tend to lose focus on other stimuli within their environment. He understands how learners learn differently, and“ to facilitate teaching instruction to learners. (Perry, n.d.).
According to Ormrod, Schunk,& Gredler (2009),”the human brain is incredibly complex mechanism and research have a long way to go in understanding how it works and why it doesn’t always work as well as it should” (p.28). While I was doing my research, I found several websites and articles on various learning styles and how and why the brain works. This was very interesting information that will be valuable me as I continue with my course work in Instructional Design:
Article from March 2011 issue, Translating Facts into Knowledge & S. Umewaka.
Soraya Umewaka (2011) discusses why using” nonscientific research on how we learn, students can be vegetated to seek knowledge” (p.27). I found this article interesting and can be very useful in instructional design. Soraya Umewaka discusses the important for student to be engaged and involved in learning and by taking a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach. Also how students are active participators in the seeking of new knowledge and learning. This was very interesting while reading “the human brain is elastic and interconnected and so should the way that students examine their tasks” (Umewaka, 2011, p.27)

Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning theories and instruction. (Laureate Custom edition).

Perry. (n.d.). How the brain learns best. Scholastic .Retrieved July 9, 2012.

Umekwaka, S. (2011). Translating Facts into Knowledge. Mind, Brain & Education, 5910, 27-28.


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Research in Instructional Design Blogs
As I was search for resource for instructional design blogs I came up with some few findings which really taught me more about instructional design. The first findings talk about do you need an instructional design degree or not. I will say yes because having a solid foundation in learning theory and cognitive science enables the designer to adapt learning strategies to varied audiences and content. The most important is that the instructional designer is a self-didactic. That the designer is motivated to read cognitive psychology, instructional design and eLearning textbooks, trade books, journals and blogs. They take advantage of tutorials, podcasts and certification programs. They can learn something in a completely different field and transfer this knowledge to instructional design. As professionals in a learning field, we should be able to get the knowledge needed to fill in our gaps as well as to grow and expand.…/do-you-need-an-instructional-design-degree
The next finding was what does an instructional designer does. I was wondered where online classes came from. Online classes were created by e-learning professionals called instructional designers. They work with subject matter expert to help figure out the best way to help students learn. Instructional designers create avenues for feedback and change their design to respond to what they learn. They conduct informal research about students’ learning experiences, and are continually adjusting their work to best meet the needs of the learner. Instructional designer’s help people become better at what they do. One of the most important things that designers to is set up online spaces in which people may learn in a social setting. This may mean creating discussion boards, allocating chat rooms and many others.…

The third findings talk about author of this blog is Mark Berthelemy, the Managing Director of a learning and technology consulting firm in the United Kingdom. He specializes in many areas, such as learning technology, successful implementation of new IT systems, and being a liaison between the key stakeholders in the process. He is “passionate about putting the learner, the user at the centre of what we do” (Berthelemy, n.d.) His blog is generally about learning technology apparently with a focus on business. I think this blog may be useful for the knowledge I could gain about developing successful relationships with the various people and departments involved in eLearning projects to strengthen collaboration and minimize opposition.

Learning should be easy if know your style and understand

No matter where you have reach in education or were you’re reach in climbing the ladder to all instructional  designers should have  some formal training is not the same as whether they will.

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