Introduction to the Learning Process for Teachers and Trainers

Course Level 3: Advanced

Estimated Study Time: 2-3 hours

For teachers and trainers to fulfill their instructional role most effectively, their teaching methods must be grounded in educational learning theory. Understanding the learning process is a key element of educational learning theory and provides a framework for teachers and trainers to plan, create and deliver effective lessons, and assess each student’s learning. In this course, you will be introduced to the learning process.

The course begins by differentiating between teaching and learning, and by describing teachers’ and trainers’ perspectives on learning. The course provides details about two major learning theories: behaviorism and constructivism. Within the section on Behaviorism, operant conditioning and its implications for teaching are examined in detail. The section on Constructivism compares and contrasts two subtypes of constructivism: psychological constructivism and social constructivism. Finally, the implications of constructivism for teaching are discussed using two practical strategies.

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