I originally started with 3 ideas that I felt that there was a need for. I have decided on creating a online course that demonstrates the basic features, toolbars, skills needed to create a presentation using the software PowerPoint. This targets existing students within the Polytech who need these Level 2 credits for their courses. This course would also be available for students within the University, Teachers College and people in the workplace who may need these skills in their employment.

I looked at several different theories including Activity theory, Flexible learning, Learning styles,  Situated learning among others as well as Behaviourism, Cognitivism and Constructivism . The main ideas from those listed first all seem to have a basis in one of the 3 main theories. I also observed that they do overlap depending on what you need to learn.

Some theories

Learning computing skills has to be  cognitve initially to gain knowledge of the skills, toolbars, menus,  the particular sequential process that has to occur for certain tasks. This has to be committed to memory and then retrieved when this information is needed. Reinforcement is needed by practising exercises using real life experience or examples.   I have observed that adults do need to approve this initial learning in different ways so there needs to be a variety of delivery methods.

As the learner masters the basic skills and is able to retrieve information they can move on to more complex problems. This is when they begin to build on the prior knowledge they have gained as they worked through the simplier tasks. For example inserting a graphic/image into a document or a presentation it is the same process from one application to another.

Teaching and Learning Models and Approaches