6 Introduction: A nod to educational theory

The purpose of this book is not to reargue the last 100 years of educational theory. Some basic language, and some of the ways in which those concepts provide us with new stories for how we look at learning could be useful.

Malcolm Knowles brought us the concept of Andragogy in an attempt to think about what learning should look like when the people we are teaching are adults.

  1. You should explain WHY a thing is being taught.
  2. Learning activities should be in the context of common tasks to be performed.
  3. Instruction should take into account the wide range of different backgrounds of learners.
  4. Instruction should allow learners to discover things for themselves, providing guidance and help when mistakes are made.

Which, in and of itself, is fine. Those are good guidelines to begin with when considering your classrooms, but there are some valid concerns that have been brought up that this approach sees students as a monolith.

University Design for Learning.

UDL (Universal Design for Learning) is specific designed to encourage us to structure our classrooms understand that everyone comes in with a different background and different strengths and weaknesses.

Theories of learning based on online learning



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