7 Digital Learning Theories and Models You Should Know

While pursuing teaching degrees, educators are introduced to various learning theorists and their insights into how people learn best. Some familiar names include Piaget, Bandura, Vygotsky and Gardner.

While understanding these learning theories is still important, aspiring educators also need to become familiar with theories, models, and approaches that provide insight into how technology, social media, and the Internet impact learning. Digital learning theories and approaches, such as RAT (opens in new tab), SAMR (opens in new tab), TPACK (opens in new tab), Digital flourishes (opens in new tab), Connectivism (opens in new tab), Design thinking (opens in new tab) and Peeragogy (opens in new tab) help teachers develop curriculum that engages students to use technology to research, curate, annotate, create, innovate, problem-solve, collaborate, campaign, reform and think critically. These are skills outlined in Shelly Terrell’s Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions (opens in new tab).

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