How Elearning Theory Has Influenced Recent De Practice

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How eLearning theory has influenced recent DE Practice
Distance education has evolved in various ways over the last one hundred years. ELearning theories have influenced distance education practice throughout the years in various ways. Anderson (2008) states, how “Good theory helps us to envision new worlds, makes things, and keeps us honest. (p. 46).” The blend of online learning theories such as behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, and the online collaborative theory, have all played a major role in this influence. These theories continue to change how educators teach. It also helps educators to understand how students learn. As eLearning theories progress, they continue to have a direct effect on distance education practice. ELearning theory has cause a shift in teaching pedagogies within distance education.
Behaviorism
Behaviorism was the first learning theory that focuses on what was observable. Earlier learning theories were based off of philosophies. Theories later evolved in the years use behaviorism as the basis. Behaviorist learning theory focused on how people behaved and how the behavior can be changed when prompted. Behaviorism did not focus on the mind and was deemed irrelevant. Bloom’s taxonomy was based on the theory of behaviorism. The behaviorist learning theory bought us the early computer learning systems (Ally, 2008). Computer- assisted instruction (CAI) was developed during this theory for teaching and training. CAI was a drill-and- practice…
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