Theories of Learning

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In the process of implementing a new Learning Management System (LMS) for the implementation of online coursework, administrators utilize two basic strategies for briefing teachers on how to best use the new framework. The first approach offers training in a centralized computer lab while the second occurs online through the sharing of a video explaining the instructions. Each strategy has its own learning theories and techniques.

The tactics of the first method implement an aspect of Facilitation Theory where the educator is the host of the session, guiding the students along to grasp the momentarily foreign procedures. Developed by counseling psychologist Carl Rogers, this humanistic approach facilitates environments where "learners feel comfortable to consider new ideas and are not threatened by external factors" (Dunn). The resulting environment fosters open communication between the facilitator and the learners where questions are easily posed and solved. In addition, there is an Adult Learning aspect to this first method as the student teachers will bring a great deal of their own previous learning to the setting. There will exist a collaborative effort that seeks for everyone to grow together in the spirit of andragogy.

Based on the learning theories described above, it appears that both methods would provide powerful remedies for briefing teachers on the new online educational interface. More technologically adept teachers will likely prefer the Action Learning applications of the second method as they will already have strong computer literacy and move faster on their own.

Work Cited

Dunn, Lee. "Theories of Learning." Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, n.d.. 20 February 2014. Web.