eLearning Myths

You know when something is hip and fashionable is on the way out when it starts appearing in the local supermarket.

Theories come and go like the latest season’s fashion.  To be sure ‘Thar be dragons’ behind both old & dear and new & popular eLearning theories. The challenge is to spot the good amongst the bad.

This blog’s genesis comes from the sharp sting of being “suckered” by a learning myth.  Questioning the evidence behind theories or evaluating a theory in practice will:

  1. avoiding dead-ends and distractions
  2. creating more effective learning experiences

The following eLearning practitioners discuss their ‘pet’ eLearning misconceptions / myths / theory limitations:

  1. Cathy Moore:
  2. Will Thalheimer:
  3. Valerie McGrath: challenges the assumptions of Andragogy
  4. Pedro De Bruyckere (see also Oliver Cavigliol ‘s summary):
    • 70% of Communication is non-verbal
    • Use 10% of your brain capacity
    • 70:20:10 Model (experience:social:formal)
    • Multiple Intelligences
    • Gendered Brains
  5.  Jefferson & Pollock
  6. Theo Winter

PS: After compiling this list, two last link stood out:

  1. http://www.debunker.club/ and in particular the Debunking resources from Will Thalheimer. This is a collective effort to compile links to solid evidence to debunk junk learning theories to avoid those dragons.
  2. http://www.brainfacts.org/neuromyths/

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