Learning, Motivation, and Theory

One of my best learning experience actually came pretty recently. At the start of May I was hired by a Financial Service company in Victoria as a junior account administrator. This position requires me to work with the wealth management manager on all sorts of projects and day to day tasks. This was my first ever job within my respective field of study so it was quite exciting. The learning was hands-on, I got a manual on what needed to be done for specific tasks, “Processes” is what my manager likes to call them. Being able to have a guide while doing my tasks was extremely helpful and being able to work along side my manager has made me understand the difference in my education and my skills within the business world. Not only am I work alongside my manager, but I am also able to start making contact with different managers/administrators people from all across Canada building my network and gaining invaluable knowledge from each interaction. This networking and knowledge gathering has translated in happy clients for my company, which is our ultimate goal.

Lastly, after learning from my manager, I began to find different ways to become more efficient at my day to day tasks. I have started to develop my own system in order for my to stay on track and with his guidance I am able to flourish in this new position.

Based on the reading, I believe my current instruction style is mostly cognitivism (learning theory) since I am always gathering external data from clients, my manager, people across Canada, and others around the office all the time. This data gathering has helped me learn and process information better and has made me create my own work in order to improve and become more efficient. For example when I am teaching now, I try to incorporate some kind of interaction with the learner after they have been given the necessary information to complete a task, I also tell them to think of a way that they can make my teaching or system even better.

References

Ertmer, P. A. & Newby, T. (2018). Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism: Comparing Critical Features From an Instructional Design Perspective. In R. E. West, Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology: The Past, Present, and Future of Learning and Instructional Design Technology. EdTech Books. Retrieved from https://edtechbooks.org/lidtfoundations/behaviorism_cognitivism_constructivism

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