Connecting Theory, 21st Century Learning and, Teaching and Instructional Design is an online resource submitted by a participant in the Applying Learning Theories In Instructional Design course. The website provides an overview of the Constructivist Theory and the Kemp Instructional Design Model, citing key theorists and listing additional resources. The author also includes examples of how to apply the model the classroom, suggesting activities and assessments. She also briefly reviews her personal philosophy of learning, and shares her goals of implementing these theories into the curriculum for her class.
Type of Material:
The best use of this material is as a resource within the course it is designed for. A secondary use would be by learners that need resource materials or support for their own ideas of constructivism.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The site provides helpful information for faculty who are interested in implementing a collaborative learning model in course curriculum. Faculty will be able to identify activities and assessments that utilize the Constructivist Theory and apply the Kemp Instructional Design Model to course curriculum. The major learning goals for this page are to offer information regarding constructivism, key theorists in the field, an instructional design model, application of the model and main concepts of constructivism.
Target Student Population:
The target audience would be college level students in a teacher preparation or curriculum design program. It could be useful in a faculty development program or an instructional design workshop for all levels of educators.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Prerequisite knowledge of common learning theories would be helpful.
The author cites several current and relevant resources concerning the Constructivist Theory, while providing a historical information on key theorists. Also, she provides suggestions for applying the theory in classroom discussions, activities, and assessments. Information is offered in concise blocks, allowing the learners to research if they wish to know more.
This resource is not a self-contained assignment. Instructors will need to identify the associated learning outcomes, and design the activities to use in the classroom. The author suggests activities and assessments, but does not provide the learning materials.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
All of the information being shared coincides with the 21st century ideas for how learners learn. This material can be integrated into a teacher preparation program as easily as it fits in the program it is designed for. The website provides an overview of Constructivist Theory, including the central premise of the theory, key theorists and the relevance of the Kemp Instructional Design model. The relationship between the theory and the model is clearly identified. Instructors could easily adapt the subject matter of the sample lessons to apply to their courses.
The suggested activities do not provided details concerning necessary prerequisite knowledge or associated learning outcomes. Also, examples of the learning materials and rubrics referenced in the site are not provided.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The author cited multiple current and relevant sources concerning collaborative learning. The topics of the site are clearly identified, and labeled. Overall, the site is easy to navigate.
The contrast of the color scheme and design could be an issue for accessibility.
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