Learning philosophy

My Thoughts On Learning

Everyday human beings, and animals are learning.  How did I become the learning that I am today? How do we teach animals? How do we teach our kids to use the potty? I just watched my husband reward our boxer puppy with a treat for sitting. We as learners seem to relate to the fact that a reward such as a sticker, treat, grade, money, hug, kiss, or acknowledgement will help us learn. Most of my learning, was due to memorizing the review sheet for the test. When I would focus more on the memorizing I was learning the information for the test and I would forget the information days later. I never really understood the information, I could only regurgitate it. I was so worried about making the “A” on the test I would tend to forget why I was even learning at all.  At this point I knew I was not being challenged to learn.  According to, Tony Bates post on Learning Theories and online learning :

Behaviorism- is an attempt to model the study of human behavior on the methods of the physical sciences, and therefore concentrates attention on those aspects of behavior that are capable of direct observation and measurement (Bates, 2014). Tony Bates

“Challenge Me and I Learn” 

~D. Harapnuik

I still believe the behaviorism model  is necessary. We still have to remember things and regurgitate. Such as, labeling the parts of the heart, lungs, bones, muscles, and skull. There is a reason we have been taught to apply learning in this fashion. We also, still have moments where we are required to apply multiple choice exam skills. For instance, my students are only tested in their lecture work with multiple choice exams due to the fact that their national boards to become licensed is multiple choice. We try to prepare them for what is to come.  “Reinforcement in humans can be quite simple, such as immediate feedback for an activity or getting a correct answer to a multiple choice test” (Bates, 2014).

I believe that learning is such a beautiful thing to witness. I love watching my students get a concept. I love when you see it in their eyes and all of the sudden they have put all the  pieces together. I also, love seeing my son come home everyday learning something knew. It’s awesome even though he is in Pre-K, he will have homework and witnessing him draw the number ten to ten dots where he counted them. I believe learning is never ending. All beings are continually learning and due to the internet and social media learning has changed tremendously. The learner has access to research, courses, video, and chat with a touch of a button. Therefore, I think my behaviorism learning philosophy has transformed and combined with  connectivism and constructivism philosophies. 

Connectivism- is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories. Learning is a process that occurs within nebulous environments of shifting core elements-not entirely under control of the individual (Siemens, 2005). Siemens

According to Siemens, Learning now occurs in a variety of way through communities of practice, personal networks, and through completion of work-related tasks (Siemens, 2005). In connectivism students need a high level of explicit support in learning from an ‘expert’ teacher and this requires learners to have at least some level of formal or traditional education before they participate if they  are to fully benefit from this (Bates, 2014). I believe I have started to learn better with the ability to choose and find a way to learn the way I would like. I also, realize that learning is ever-changing. Also, being in education things are constantly changing and you have to keep up with the learning to make sure you are teaching them with the correct tools. Therefore, you will have to continually learn everyday on top of what you already have processed. 

Constructivism-argue that individuals consciously strive for meaning to make sense of their environment in terms of past experience and their present state. It is an attempt to create order in their minds out of disorder, to resolve incongruities, and to reconcile external realities with prior experience (Bates, 2014). 

The constructivist teacher provides tools such as problem-solving and inquiry-based learning activities with which students formulate and test their ideas, draw conclusions and inferences, and pool and convey their knowledge in a collaborative learning environment. Constructivism transforms the student from a passive recipient of information to an active participant in the learning process (www.thirteen.org, 2004). I feel that later on in life when I chose to go to respiratory school that I excelled. I am not sure if it is because it was a different type of teaching. I believe that they taught not only with the behaviorist but with the, constructivist model. They chose to apply real life concepts while allowing us to critically think, apply concepts, and work through problems. I was challenged! I felt like the more I learned the more I wanted to know. I did not care about my grade I cared about what I was learning. I myself, use these concepts. I teach and allow the student to work through a problem. I want them to know if you a persons O2 Sat is low you need to apply the correct oxygen device and if you don’t this or that might happen. I do not want them to memorize anything but the normal O2 sat. They need to work through the problem and apply the concepts. This is used through simulation, as well as in lecture and clinical. I always give them a chance to get to a point they get the answer if they do not we work backwards and then a light will click. If it doesn’t it is time to teach again!

Due my constructivist thinking I believe it is critical to implement my innovation plan for e-portfolios. This will allow my students to post vlogs, blogs, reflect on their learning, and give them choice. It will help them become better respiratory therapist upon graduation! My belief is that I can influence others and help them incorporate e-portfolios into their programs. I hope that I can facilitate as a leader in the change of learning on my campus. The learner of today is ready for the change and the change is now! I feel that I have changed throughout my childhood and many college years from a behaviorist and now a connectivist and constructivist. I also, feel as if I teach in the same ways that I learn. My program must have critical thinking to produce great respiratory therapist, it also needs more choice and I hope to bring that to the table.

Annotated bibliography

Bates. T (2014). Learning theories and online learning. Retrieved from.


This website gave great information about the different learning philosophies. I learned alot about how learning has changed over the past years but yet stayed the same. 

Harapnuik. D (2018). It’s About Learning. retrieved from. http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=95

This blog gave incite on how to challenge a learner instead of regurgitate the knowledge given. 

Siemens. G (2005). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age.

     Retrieved from. http://www.itdl.org/journal/jan_05/article01.htm

Described connectivism in depth. This website also, the implications of connectivism, background, and principles. As well as, compared connectivism to beahviorism, congnitivism, and constructivitism. 

Thirteen. (2004). What is constructivism? Concept to classroom. Retrieved from.


This website gave an overview of constructivism and a great definition of what it meant. It also, gave examples of constructivism in the classroom. 

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