So far, this class has opened my eyes to learning theories instead of the learning style that I thought was the way I learned. Looking back at what I have learned, I would say that I am learning now as an adult more through social learning theory and connectivism. I say this because I feed off those around me. In the Aviation field, we are always learning from each other, whether it will be how more simply to do a step quicker or a new technique to troubleshoot a piece of equipment. This type of self-learning and group thinking lends itself to social learning theory and connectivism. My Time in the Army helped shape my learning with the social learning approach. This was done because every task in the Army was broken down into task conditions and standards. This layout reinforced what we were expected to do, and if we did a job outside of this, it would not be well looked on by our peers.
For me, technology plays a significant role in how I learn. I have a smartphone in my pocket. This allows me to almost instantly find an answer to the problem I am trying to solve. As well as increase my critical thinking skills because just because it is on the top of a google search doesn’t mean that it is reliable information. Also, in my field, in which I am an instructional designer, I use software like adobe creative suite and adobe captivate to allow me to express my teaching in a way that my students connect with as my student are typically 17- 21 years old they prefer technology over lecture-based instruction.