The course has made me further understand the differences between learning theories and learning styles. I used to spend precious time discovering what learning styles of students and realized that I must use a variety of tools to reach all students in class regardless of their specific learning styles. While I still believe it is important for students to be aware of how they learn for study purposes, ultimately it is most important for the teacher to follow a design that will provide strategies for learning using a variety of methods and a combination of theories.
Learning does not happen in a vacuum but is a combination of past experiences, reality and comprehension (Davis, Edwards & Kelly-Bateman, 2008). Providing students with the opportunity to connect on a social and scholastic level will encourage them to connect with each other during the learning process. This process can be achieved via distance learning, thereby joining students in a virtual classroom from all areas of the globe to share experiences and knowledge. The online course is a personal choice of media to allow this to occur.
Technology plays a major role in my learning as it provides an avenue for me to research subjects and allows me to connect with others and to have access to multiple libraries. I have achieved my undergraduate and graduate degrees through the online environment. I will now pursue a post graduate certificate by the same method. Distance learning allows connection with many different students and faculty and provides a wider source of experiences and knowledge.
Davis, C., Edmunds, E., & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008). Connectivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Connectivism