Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Reflection Blog “Fitting the Pieces Together”

After reviewing all of the learning theories over the past seven weeks, I have definitely gained a much deeper understanding of how a learner acquires and retains knowledge.  By reading, researching, discussing, analyzing, applying and evaluating the various learning theories over the past several weeks, I have gained a new perspective on learning that I didn’t have when I started this class.  From the class resources, instructor input and student interactions, I have discovered that this newfound knowledge is in my “zone of proximal development,” which, as noted by Dr. Ormrod, is Vygotsky's theory that states “…for any learner is this range of activities that are difficult but not impossible and which you can do if you have a little bit of help” (Laureate, Inc.). 
For each of the theories, I can see where this knowledge is useful to me both as a learner, and as an instructional designer.  The following is a description of how I use each theory to learn:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Connectivism -- Dawn's Learning Network Map

     As a network security analyst/engineer, my job requires a great deal of research to ensure the organization’s network is in compliance with the most current security requirements.  This research requires me to review numerous federal, national, DoD, and military documents (online) as well as researching commercial sites for industry best practices.  In putting together this learning map, I found that the research methodology I use for my job and for school is very similar.