Learning theory in online education

Ally, M. (2004). Foundations of educational theory for online learning. In T. A. Anderson & F. Elloumi (Eds). Theory and Practice of Online Learning (pp. 3-31). Athabasca University. Retrieved from the Internet February 3, 2010 at My first reaction was to disagree with Ally's statement (quoting Clark): technologies are merely vehicles that deliver instruction,… Continue reading Learning theory in online education


The Perfect Theory

Snelbecker, G. (1999). Chapter 2 "Some Thoughts About Theories, Perfection, and Instruction." In Instructional-Design Theories and Models: A New Paradigm of Instructional Theory. (Volume II). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Snelbecker also tackles design theories but not by contrasting them with learning theories like Reigeluth; instead, Snelbecker contrasts design theories from theoretical and practitioner points of view.… Continue reading The Perfect Theory


Symbolic learning & the grounding problem

Harnad, S. "The Symbol Grounding Problem." Physica D 42 (1990). 335-346. Summary In a short paper, the authors attempt to define symbolism as a cognitive science but find that the theory fails due to the symbol grounding problem: that symbols are composed only of other symbols and thus self-referential. They define 6 basic learning behaviors:… Continue reading Symbolic learning & the grounding problem



Burton, J.K., Moore, D.M., and Magliaro, S.G. (2002). Behaviorism and Instructional Technology. In D. Jonassen, D. (Ed). Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology, 2nd Ed. Bloomington, IN: Association for Educational Communications and Technology. pp. 3-36. I have to admit the behaviorism article made my hair hurt. I read some paragraphs 3 or 4… Continue reading Behaving