In the first week of our 5-weeks-long FLO Design 2019 course, you will situate your own approaches to teaching (online) within the framework of current teaching theories. This reflection will then enable you to provide a rationale for your preferred way of online learning.

This picture shows a person drawing a design pattern on to a glass board, which is to introduce our topic of linking learning theory to instructional design theory.

There will be 3 elements to help you connect learning theories to Instructional Design (ID).


Learning Theories in Context – Create a Collaborative Reference Resource (30-60 mins.)

Interactive Lecture 1: Connecting Learning Theory to Instructional Design (30 mins.)

Discussion Forum: Articulate your own Teaching Approaches (30 mins.)


The first key piece this week is an activity, in which we will collaboratively describe key approaches to the design of online teaching and learning.

To split the work equally among us, you can choose one theory you wish to analyse in terms of its value for teaching in the digital age. Use the poll function to indicate your choice to us before you enter your contribution into our collaborative document.

Step 1: Choose one of the theories to work on in this poll. Note that there is a limit in the number of people who can sign up for each theory. The earlier you make your pick, the more likely it is you can choose the theory you are most interested in. Otherwise, just go with the flow and take what’s left.

Step 2: Access the two Readings below to find out more about the theory of your choice.

1. Harasim, L. (2017). Learning Theory and Online Technologies

2. Bates, T. (2015). Teaching in the Digital Age. See Chapter 2

Step 3: Share the information you’ve accessed in the readings with us on our Collaborative Document.  


After you’ve shared your insights on a Learning Theory of your choice, it will be time to consolidate your knowledge by watching this interactive lecture of the week.

You can watch simply those of the 8 separate video vignettes that interest you the most.

Lecture for Module 1: Connecting Learning Theory to Instructional Design

BACKGROUND TO TASK: This lecture contains several parts that will help you answer the questions shown in the picture below.

NOTE THAT you can navigate in between the slides to access specific video vignettes that are of interest to you. The titles on the lower left indicate the topic covered in the particular video sections. Feel free to take your picks.

The videos are interactive in the sense that you can check your understanding by doing the brief self-evaluations at the end of each video.


Finally, you can join our course conversation to share with us your articulation of your own approach to teaching online.

We will discuss our approaches in a Moodle Forum, where you will also find a few more details to guide you in your post.