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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dec 30th

So, I'm just watching the snow and marking some papers. I think my students have learned some things over the course and that helps me feel encouraged to keep teaching it.

Kaylin says, "This course has also helped me distinguish between learning styles and theories. As I mentioned in my connectivism blog entry, my thoughts on how people learn used to be limited to learning “styles.” I had a narrow view of learners being visual, auditory, and/or kinesthetic. Since then, I have gained a deeper understanding of how students process, store, and transfer knowledge both cognitively and as products of their social environments. There was one straightforward explanation of the difference between learning theory and style that has really stuck with me and helped me differentiate the two. The most functional definition that I have heard so far is that “a learning strategy describes how a person learns -- in terms of method. A learning strategy is a cognitive or behavioral activity used to improve learning (Weaver, 2010)."

Wow, I'm happy to have helped to make that distinction more clear for this student. At the beginning of the course most students really feel comfortable with the idea of learning styles. It isn't easy to get then to think beyond those confines.

Weaver, S. (2010) Discussion on learning process. Retrieved from http://sylvan.live.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=4603373&Survey=1&47=7443671&ClientNodeID=984650&coursenav=1&bhcp=1

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