Week Two


Essential Question: How do learning theories manifest themselves in online courses?

Week Two Objectives:

The reading and activities this week will assist you in:

  • 6-A Deepening content and pedagogical knowledge in the foundations of distance learning literature
  • 6-C Reflecting on professional practice and dispositions to improve your ability to model and facilitate distance learning experiences

Week Two Preparation: 

Read Chapters Three Four and Five in Learning Theory and Online Technology (LTOT)

About the Week

The reading this week could be review for many of us. We will read about three theories of learning which inform online course design, and the technologies which best represent and support these theories. As you read about these theories keep in mind the research you encountered last week. Which aspects of these theories fits best with the current research into what works in online teaching and learning? Also consider which theory best represents your own philosophy of the way that people learn.

I will share with you that I am a social constructivist/connectivist; however, I do adopt some behaviorist methods. As theory meets practice, it is rarely “pure”. In practice, theory is challenged – and tested. While theories are wonderful, realities dictate the way we operationalize.  So if you see bits of yourself in each theory – that is absolutely normal :-).

Still, it is good to be well-versed in theory so that we understand the “roots” of our belief system and engage in intentional practice.

Please create your initial blog entry, due on Thursday. 

Interact with others from Thursday through Sunday to extend their understanding. It is important that you share resources and ideas that will influence the learning of others.

Finally, on Sunday, create a reflection of the week, focusing on the new ideas you have encountered and the way you might implement these ideas in practice. Be certain to also note the way that you impacted the learning of others in the class.


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