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Advanced Learning Theory and Research
EDUC-701

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Current findings and research in learning theory are examined, including research about classroom management, learning, motivation, diversity, exceptionalities, assessment, and teaching. Discussion, analysis of cases, examination of personal experiences in schools, cooperative projects, and other activities will also be included.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

In order to become an effective educational leader in a diversified society, the candidate must be able to understand current theories and research in the field of educational learning theory. This exploration will include an emphasis on child development, learning, teaching strategies, assessment, diversity, exceptionalities, motivation, at-risk students, and classroom management.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of effective instruction to improve instructional practices and curricular materials through class discussion, application of readings, and the analysis of journal literature in educational learning theory.
  2. Use appropriate research strategies to promote an environment for improved student achievement by conducting an analysis of the affordances for and hindrances to student learning and motivation in a school.
  3. Promote the best practices for student learning through the knowledge of theory and research on learning, cognition, and memory, including information processing, cognitive, and constructivist perspectives.
  4. Apply knowledge, dispositions, and performances necessary for assessing learning environments and implementing context-appropriate strategies.
  5. Apply a biblical worldview to the analysis of the literature reviews, readings, and research in educational learning theory.
  6. Synthesize research into a limited literature review supporting an approved research question and using a designated style guide.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Schunk, D. H. (2020). Learning theories: An educational perspective – With access (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN: 9780134893754.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resources

Sire, J. W. (2009). The universe next door: A basic worldview catalog (5th ed.). Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. ISBN: 9780830838509

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1. (MLO: A)

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in two Discussion Board Forums. Each forum will be completed in two parts: At least 400 words addressing the provided prompt and 2 replies at least 200 words each to other classmates’ threads. All writing must follow current APA format, including in-text citations and references. (MLO: A, E)

Course Project: A Limited Literature Review

Research Question and Outline

The candidate will compose a quality research question related to a specific educational problem (student learning and motivation) upon which he/she can build a Final Paper. The instructor will evaluate and comment on the candidate’s submitted question to help ensure its quality and usability. The student will also include an outline of their proposed course project final paper with this assignment. (MLO: F)

Annotated Bibliographies (3)

Using the question developed in Module/Week 2, the student will create an annotated bibliography that will serve as the research foundation of the final paper. The annotated bibliography will be written in current APA format, including at least 5 scholarly sources that address the problem identified. Each source citation must be followed by a 150–200-word annotation. This annotated bibliography will be the research foundation for the final paper. (MLO: F)

Final Paper DRAFT

The candidate will create a draft of the final paper following the instructions for the Course Project: Final Paper. The draft will be submitted through SafeAssign to enable the candidate to ensure all references are properly cited. Additionally, the candidate will receive instructor feedback on the draft that he/she can incorporate in the final paper. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F)

Final Paper

The candidate will write a 3,000–3,500-word paper in current APA format building upon the Problem, the Research Question, and the Annotated Bibliography. The paper must include a minimum of 10 scholarly sources, 6 of which must be current (within the past 5 years), that must be empirical, peer-reviewed journal articles or information from published scholarly books. The candidate must synthesize all of the research into a well-blended paper that clearly addresses the problem, research question, provides insight into best practices/strategies to address the problem, improve the learning environment, and improve student achievement and motivation. The final paper will be submitted to Blackboard. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F)

APA Quizzes (1)

There will be a 25-question APA Manual quiz for the candidate to complete after he/she has reviewed the manual readings. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, and the candidate will be given 120 minutes to complete the quiz. (MLO: F)

Chapter Quizzes (5)

There will be a 20-question quiz for the candidate to complete after he/she has reviewed the chapter readings. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, and the candidate will be given 120 minutes to complete the quiz. (MLO: B, C, D)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 50 pts ea)

100

Course Project: A Limited Literature Review

Identify A Problem

100

Research Question and Outline

30

Annotated Bibliographies (3 at 50 pts ea)

150

Final Paper DRAFT

70

Final Paper

200

APA Quiz

100

Chapter quizzes (5 at 50 pts ea)

250

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

EDUC 701

Textbooks: American Psychological Association, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010)

Schunk, D. H., Learning Theories (2020)

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Schunk: ch. 1

APA: chs. 1–7

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

APA Quiz

10

0

0

100

2

Schunk: ch. 3

5 presentations

Quiz 1 (Behaviorism)

CP Part 1: Identify a Problem

50

100

3

Schunk: ch. 4

2 presentations

Quiz 2 (Social Cognitive Theory)

DB Forum 1: Problem Identified

CP Part 2: Research Question and Outline

CP Part 3: Annotated Bibliography 1

50

50

30

50

4

Schunk: ch. 8

3 presentations

Quiz 3 (Constructivism)

CP Part 4: Annotated Bibliography #2

50

50

5

Schunk: chs. 5–6

5 presentations

Quiz 4 (Information Processing)

CP Part 5: Annotated Bibliography #3

50

50

6

Schunk: ch. 9

3 presentations

Quiz 5 (Motivation)

CP Part 6: Final Paper DRAFT

50

70

7

Review APA: chs. 1–7

1 presentation

 

DB Forum 2: Course Reflection

50

8

Review APA: chs. 1–7

2 presentations

 

CP Part 7: Final Paper

200

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board; CP = Course Project

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.