Evaluating different learning theories can challenge instructional to question how learners obtain, store, and use new information. Also, understanding different learning theories can provide instructional designers with invaluable insight into their own learning styles and preferences. As an instructional designer it is important to be aware of your own learning bias to ensure that the designed content can be effective for all types of learners. Before researching various learning theories, I believed that myself to be predominately constructivist with some cognitive tendencies that stemmed from my secondary education. Connectivists believe that learners construct their own meaning out of their experiences and reflections. Through my experience as an educator and as a learner, I still consider this orage oito be the most accurate view of how learning occurs. However, after further research into learning theories I would say that while I have more experience with cognitive learning strategies, they do not provide me with the same level of understanding as connectivist, and, androgenous learning strategies. The connections and social aspect of learning lends itself to using information on a higher cognitive level. Furthermore, using new information and connecting it to previous experiences allows for a greater chance of retention.
Advances in technology have allowed for more extensive collaboration and access to information. Tools such as blogs, wikis, and online journals allow for information to be stored and expanded upon. E-mail, online discussion boards, and Massive Open Online Courses connect learners interested in a topic with people more knowledgeable individuals. Simulations like virtual reality allow for learners to experiment with the environment and learn independently through new experiences. I personally rely heavily on technology while learning. While looking for new information I usually search google for a reliable source, or look at a reliable database for the information. To record information, I typically use a google doc. When creating instruction, I use a wide range of programs that allow students to independently explore information. Technology has transformed the way we learn by providing us with tools and resources to make learning more efficient and collaborative.