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Learning Theories

Module Code: LTTC 9132 / 5802


When: This module runs on Tuesday mornings (10am-1pm) from 11th September to 9th October 2018.

To Apply: You must complete the online application form at least 10 working days prior to module commencement: Online CPD Application Form

Fees and Fee Waiver Information: DIT Staff Fee Waiver: If you are a current DIT staff member i.e. with current staff number, you may be eligible for a DIT Staff Fee Waiver. Please read the DIT Fee Waiver Policy and complete the associated Fee Waiver Application Form‌ if applicable. This form must be completed before or at the time of applying.

Aim: This module will explore learning theories in higher education, including the pedagogy of eLearning to assure the quality of learning in a local and global context. The module will apply understanding of relevant learning theory which is most compelling for the target audience of the participant. Exploration of the theories of learning, and the principles derived from them, will be from the perspective that some are more compatible than others.

What will I learn? Would you like to know more about applying key learning theories to your instructional practices? Are you keen to explore how you can be more effective in your work and if you teach in ways that are compatible with the natural processes of learning? Would you like to organize your teaching environment to provide students with active, hands-on learning and authentic tasks and audiences?

This module is all about sharing ideas on learning to help you as an instructor make sense of what is going on in your classrooms and provide lenses for understanding students’ growth, development, stumbling blocks, and successes.

Upon successful completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Identify learning theories in a higher education or industry context
  • Compare and contrast the key characteristics of these learning theories
  • Critically discuss and evaluate these theories in the light of participant’s own professional practice
  • Demonstrate how a chosen aspect of theory works in practice
  • Analyse how practical examples of relevant learning theory and related strategies can be applied to a particular learning or eLearning context.

Topics include:

  • Developmental theories of learning
  • Behaviourist theories of learning
  • Cognitive theories of learning
  • Constructivist and Social Constructivist theories of learning
  • Situated Learning and Communities of Practice

eLearning Context:

eLearning within the local, national and global context, the concept of ‘the knowledge society’ and a global economy; Gagne’s Conditions of Learning Theory; Situated learning (Communities of Practice); Activity Theory.

How will I learn?
There will be a number of scheduled face-to-face tutorial sessions along with online activities. The online component of the module offered through Webcourses will be available anywhere, anytime, so participants will be able to study at times convenient to them. Students will develop their understanding through both direct study and their online experience.

How will I be assessed?             

One Assignment: Individual Applied Paper or Multimedia Blog based on critically discussing and evaluating relevant learning theories in the light of the participant’s own professional practice (word guide: 1,500-2,000). Further details on the blog will be provided.

Are there any pre-requisites? No specific pre-requisites but an interest in exploring learning theories to support your professional practice is useful!