Hey Edwin, I just learned about some learning theories in class, what learning theory do you like?
I really believe the constructivism learning theory allows me to learn the best.
What is constructivism?
So like us right now?
Constructivism learning theory stresses the importance of learning through social interactions.
Yes, exactly! Learning through discussions allows us to bounce ideas off one another to learn more about a topic. This means each individual’s learning is subjective and unique due to the differences in their personal experiences and conversations. Constructivism also believes knowledge is constructed through social interactions rather than memorizing.
Oh! Makes sense! Does that mean labs and discussion boards on mylearningspace are examples of professors using constructivism theory?
I find constructivism is a really good way to learn, especially in an online class like EM203! Last week, I had a chat with other group members about the technological influence on learning, and it was really eye-opening to see other members’ perspectives.
Yes! You are finally understanding the constructivism theory. This is exactly how constructivism works! See, a quick conversation about constructivism can give you a good understanding of the topic.
In an online course, being able to interact and discuss what we learned on discussion boards and in live chats allows me to get a better understanding of a topic. Its kind of like when I go into a lecture or a lab and learn, but for an online course!
Oh! Why do you think constructivism is better than learning by doing or behaviourism or other learning theories?
Well, for my online course specifically, constructivism uses technology we have today to enhance my learning through discussions and live chats. I feel like learning by doing is more applicable to hard skills such as solving a sudoku puzzle instead of theories we learn in em203. I feel like constructivism is better than behaviourism or cognitivism as those learning theories are more appropriate for in-classroom situations. Connectivism would be useful for this course as well,but I feel like discussing with peers is more beneficial for me.