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Crash Course in Learning Theory

Crash Course in Learning Theory – this is an accessible exploration of learning. Creating Passionate Users does a nice job incorporating images in explaining ideas and concepts. A great example of images and emotion to assist in learning. The article explores many commonly understood strategies to motivating and fostering learning (Gagne’s 9 events of instruction, brain-based learning, learning styles, multiple intelligence, etc.). The author asserts that dry academic writing inhibits learning…where a more conversational tone improves learning. From my experience, I agree. However, I find that writing that appeals highly to emotions and interest, sometimes sacrifices cognitive elements (such as this “bogus research” on reading, seeing, hearing). I’m not sure what it is, but a nice graphic seems to communicate so well that critical thinking takes a back seat…