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Unlocking the Potential of Information Learning Technology (ILT)

Introduction

A number of theories have been devised in an attempt to provide a better understanding of the way individuals learn. Section 1.1 of this paper provides a brief review of the theories most commonly available in education. Section 1.2 introduces the main theories used as a basis for this paper, namely those of David Kolb, Peter Honey and Alan Mumford. Section 1.3 provides the reader with background information regarding learning styles and the potential effect they have within an individual learning model. It highlights the work of Kolb, Honey and Mumford and introduces the concept of integrating ILT into these approaches. A more detailed analysis of the Kolb, Honey and Mumford models is undertaken in section 1.4. This section highlights the main concepts used in each model and discusses their use within ‘real’ education and training environments. How the potential of ILT can be integrated into the models is the subject of section 1.5. New concept models are also put forward for discussion in this section. Section 1.6 shows what type of resources are being used in colleges at the moment and the potential of new technology. How the technology relates to learning styles and learning environments is also discussed in this section.

At 3T Productions we use a number of design and delivery techniques in order to develop innovative e-learning material that is fun to use, relevant to the learners needs and of the highest quality. The theories outlined in this paper highlight some of the underpinning philosophies employed when considering the design and delivery of e-learning materials and systems for our clients and the end users.

Unlocking the Potential of Information Learning Technology (ILT)
Dr William Lockitt

Dr William Lockitt

Dr Lockitt has over forty-five years’ experience in education and has written several publications highlighting the effective use of multimedia flexible and open learning. Since 2010 Dr Lockitt has been the strategic policy Director for G2G Communities CIC and in 2011 managed the implementation of the first not for profit, community focused LEGO Education Innovation Studio in the UK.