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Know Your Learners: Visualising Learning in Education

Enhance your understanding of learning theories and perspectives to develop stimulating and engaging learning environments.

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Know Your Learners: Visualising Learning in Education

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Explore different perspective on how we learn

Research shows that people learn and understand individual concepts in different ways.

On this two-week course, you’ll broaden your understanding of learning theory, gaining core insights into learning design and the needs of individual learners.

Investigate key theories of learning

Cognition is affected by an individual’s experiences, environment, and cultural context.

You’ll examine how this occurs using four major theories of cognition, including work by Piaget, Vygotsky, and Atkinson and Shiffrin.

With this knowledge, you’ll begin to understand why people interpret information differently and how approaches to education impact individuals’ learning.

Analyse how learning experiences differ from Generation X to Generation Alpha

Children born in 2010 onwards, Generation Alpha, have a markedly different attitude to learning compared to previous generations.

You’ll investigate each generation from X to Alpha, exploring their learning environments and preferred methods of learning.

Using this understanding, you’ll be able to design activities tailored to your learners. You’ll also look ahead and discuss potential developments in educational design, discussing how learning environments may adapt to reflect the evolving values of learners.

Identify how technology has impacted learning environments

As technology advances, the ways in which it can be harnessed to enhance learning experiences continues to expand.

You’ll examine how technologies such as AI, VR, and AR are helping create innovative pedagogy and unique learning experiences.

By the end of this course, you’ll have an overview of the main learning theories and an awareness of how to engage the learning brain. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to design learning activities built on recognised educational concepts.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Educators are like designers and set the tone for great learning environments and plan meaningful learning experiences for learners. Without knowing our learners, educators cannot create personalized instruction or motivational and stimulating environments. But what is it that we should know about our learners? Research suggests that increasing an educator’s understanding of the science behind how the brain learns leads to enhanced instructional variation and efficacy. Did you know that we are at a time where we have developed a deep understanding of how the brain learns and changes? The discovery of neuroplasticity is possibly the most important research-to-classroom instruction contribution from neuroscience. It means that all educators must see themselves as “brain changers” Yet instruction has changed little. What if we can change that?

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds Educators must translate brain research into everyday instructional practices. This course can guide you to bring about that point of change to move forward to know learners in a way that we have not known before and enhance learner efficacy.


  • Week 1

    Visualising Learning in Learners

    • Getting Started

      In this first section, you will start your course journey with literally trying to look into how different learners learn to solve the problem 25 divided by 5. Easy right? No, not really! See for yourselves.

    • Process of Learning

      When we learn, we acquire new knowledge about something we already know, or we acquire knowledge about something we experience for the first time. This new knowledge and experience leads to change.

    • Week 1 Wrap up

      In this first week, the focus was Cognition. How learners think and learn is Cognition. Educators need to visualise how their learners cognise and learn. The 4 main learning theories discussed will assist in this visualisation.

  • Week 2

    The Learner & The Changing Learning Environment

    • The Brain & the Different Generations

      Our human brain remains the same structurally. Nevertheless, the learning environmental experiences of Generations X, Y, Z and now Alpha are different from each other. The world has changed and continues to change.

    • The Brain & Learning Environments

      The term “learning environment” implies a potential place and space, and in the 21st century it can be physical or virtual. Learning Environments influence how the Brain learns.

    • Week 2 Wrap up

      Know your Learners has taken you through, visualising the learning process, different generations of learners and how changing learning environments have influenced the learning brain. We have come to the end of the Course.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Create how learners learn through brain-based learning theories.
  • Compare learners from Generation X to Alpha in relation to brain-based learning.
  • Explain how the cognising brain is impacted by the fast changing digital learning environments.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators at any level who want to further their knowledge of major learning theories and their applications.

Who will you learn with?

Educating a learner is a fascinating process. It never becomes static or rigid, but is a ever changing journey, as every learner is unique.

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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