Is Constructivism incompatible with Instructional Design?

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Before looking in depth at Constructivist Learning Environments (CLEs), we need to investigate the question “Is Constructivism incompatible with Instructional Design?” M. David Merrill reviewed a range of instructional design theories, models, and research, “from basic descriptive laws about learning to broad curriculum programs that concentrate on what is taught rather than on how to teach”. He elicited and synthesized elements common to Instruction, and used these to assess the underlying principles of instruction. Continue Reading

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Digital Media – a Constructivist view of principles

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Constructivism is part of the Cognitivist ‘gene pool,’ and as such it is appropriate to look at the impact of digital media on cognition and learning. In “E-Learning and the Science of Instruction” (2003), Clark and Mayer explore the research on the impact of media in e-learning across seven design principles. Find out more… Continue Reading

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