My excellent cohort Michelle will present learning theories that marked why the 1980’s was the important decade for Learning Design. I will concentrate on the technology side of this awesome decade.
In 1980 there were only 1 million computers in use Worldwide (Ball, 2012). There was an increasing interest in the use of computers for educational purposes in the 1980’s. The graphics are from Edudemic.com (full citation in References).
It wasn’t until 1984 when Apple amazed the football watching world with their Orwellian Superbowl ad. They introduced the Macintosh personal computer (MacII) and that sparked the minds of educators to utilize this technology for classroom work. On the same year the CD-ROM was invented and giving ideas of utilizing them for content tutorials (Lehman).
Besides the education sector, the business sector started using computers in the 1980’s to for front-end analysis, job performance, business results and noninstructional solutions to performance problems (Reiser & Dempsey, 2012, pg. 62).
A New Way To Learn
The new innovations from the 1980’s paved way for educational institutions to begin the process of attracting adult learners to distance education. Borje Holmberg’s theory of distance education called, guided didactic conversation, was developed in the mid 1980’s and seems custom made for using technology to instruct learners at a distance. His seven background assumptions lay the foundation of the etiquette on how we interact, the fostering of emotional involvement in the topic as well as the feeling of a personal relationship between the instructor and learners that lead to learning pleasure. The assumption that decision-making is participated by all (Simonson, et al., 2012, pg. 48)…
Without the technical innovations of the 1980's, the way we experience learning may not have come to fruition. The 1980's was like a seed that germinated through out the decade and gave bloom to the 1990's where everything exploded and imploded!
- Images: Dunn, J. 2011, The Evolution of Classroom Technology. Edudemic – connecting Education and Technology. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/classroom-technology/ on 5/11/2015
- Ball, C., 2012, 1980-2012 – A 30+ Year Timeline of Meetings Technology Innovation. Technology - How to Use It Better. Retrieved from http://www.corbinball.com/articles_technology/index.cfm?fuseaction=cor_av&artID=8878 on 5/11/2015.
- Reiser, R. A. & Dempsey, J. V. (2012) Trends and issues in instructional design and technology (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
- Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M. & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Publishing.