Prior to beginning work on this discussion, please read “Learning Strategies” (pp. 137-143), “Technology and Learning” (pp. 144-153), “Learning as Inquiry” (pp. 154-159), and “Cooperative Learning” (pp.160-166) in your required text. Review the information from The Critical Thinking Community (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
Play the expert in the following scenario and apply ethical principles and professional standards of learning and cognition psychology to your rationale:
You are a computer software training instructor for a large corporation that designs bicycles. You have a group of new trainees who must learn your company’s design software system. List two areas of the learning environment that might be problematic to your training if you implement a fully online/asynchronous training program. What two strategies could you use to assist your learners/trainees with this protocol of learning based on your two noted areas? Based on the course content and the knowledge you have gained in this course so far, what mode of learning environment would you suggest for your group of new trainees? Support your reasoning with empirical evidence.
Using appropriate citations and references, explain how the empirical findings presented in the assigned articles suggest the importance of applying self-regulation and metacognitive strategies to one’s own learning. Describe the purpose of learner assessments and how self-regulation positively affects the outcomes. Does self-regulation need to be applied differently in virtual learning environments than in traditional classrooms? What problems may occur for learners who have not developed self-regulation in asynchronous learning or training environments? What do your articles suggest the pros and cons are of cooperative learning or training? Based on your own experiences, do you agree or disagree with the suggestion that cooperative environments are beneficial? If so, why? If not, what could have been done differently in your example based on the empirical findings within your resources? Support your argument with empirical research.
Guided Response: Review several of your colleague’s posts and respond to at least three of your peers by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. You are encouraged to post your required replies early each week to stimulate more meaningful and interactive discourse. Choose at least three peers who each reviewed at least one differing article than you. What suggestions do your peers make that are well supported? Does your peer’s explanation provide a complete and elaborate understanding of learning and learning environments? What clarifications would you recommend? As the expert, does your peer address the potential problems that you personally might face as a “new recruit”? What suggestions do you recommend? Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post. Be sure to also respond to your instructor’s comments to you in this forum by Day 7. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Peer responses may vary in length but should be elaborate, detailed, and thought provoking.
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