As an instructional designer I am most influenced by cognitive load theory and practice a constructivist approach to designing learning materials. My philosophy of adult learning is evolving as I understand more about the way people learn and the best practices for creating digital learning environments.
Every person has their own learning style, their way of synthesizing information. I hope to employ the best methods for communicating instructional materials in a way that permits adult learners to assimilate the information in a way that is most realistic for them.
I resonated with this quote from Claremont Graduate University’s Office of Information Technology:
“The educational philosophy of e-learning is not about delivering information. It is student-centered and shifts the emphasis from teaching to learning. Rather than being information or content providers, lecturers in a e-learning environment concentrate on ways to encourage their students to become more active learners and to apply knowledge rather than just regurgitate it. The focus is on learning, and students have freedom to become more self-directed in their learning experiences.”
My desire is to acquire the tools and expertise to be able to create self-directed learners.