As an instructor one must be aware of ones own theoretical beliefs and their influences on our teaching style. Moving toward elearning has challenged me to review the theories that influence learning. Since elearning courses are specifically designed as learner centered environments that empower the learner to take greater control of their learning journey, the constructivist theory offers a suitable foundation. According to the constructivist theory the learner is required to construct knowledge rather than merely having it transmitted. The learning process is an active one which is impacted by prior knowledge. The instructor takes on the role of facilitator and adviser, providing activities that allow learners to contextualize information first hand. Collaboration and cooperative learning are encouraged through a variety of social interactions.
Enjoy the video below by John Abbott for a brief explanation of the Constructivist Theory