Cognitive Learning Theory - Web Quest

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Learning Example

(Learning example explained in Behavioral and Social Learning theories.)

Staff members often need to use a laptop and projector to make a presentation to a large group. It is necessary to connect the equipment for this presentation. The instructor needs to teach the staff how to connect the laptop and projector.

A short training session will be held to instruct staff how to set up the laptop and projectors. The instructor will provide the user with a "How To" guide to follow along during the instruction, as well as to refer back to after the instruction.

Lesson Plan


The following lesson plan is used to instruct the learner:

The instructor will begin by stating the objective of how to use a projector and laptop for a presentation. The learner is a faculty or staff member, so they are motivated to learn the task to more effectively present to a large group using a projector and laptop.
The instructor will start by introducing the laptop and its connections, as most of the learners are familiar with the basic laptop usage.

The following "How To" guide will be given to each of the learners:

The instructor will point out the necessary ports that the learner is familiar with: video port, power port, and the USB port. Then the instructor will point out the parts of the projector and how they relate to the laptop. The instructor will connect the projector to the laptop and turn on the equipment.
The instructor will then allow the learner to connect the projector and laptop, providing feedback along the way. Once the projector and latop are connected, the equipment will be turned on to verify the connections.
The instructor is going to allow the learner to keep the "How To" guide for later reference.

Cognitive Observation Checklist

Can you identify the following events of instruction in the learning example?
Does the instruction gain the attention of the learner?
Does the instruction tell the learner what is going to be learned?
Does the instruction assist the learner to recall previous or existing knowledge?
Does the instruction provide new information?
Does the instruction guide the learner to organize the new information?
Does the instruction provide learning activities to aid the organization process?
Does the instruction provide feedback throughout the learning process?
Does the instruction evaluate the learner's grasp of the new information?
Does the instruction provide cues for retaining the new information for later use?