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Session 1: How do people learn?

Presentation: How do people learn?
Introducing 'three approaches' to understanding how people learn, including an individual activity/reflection.
Presentation 1 [Powerpoint]

Handout: Three approaches to understanding how people learn
Summary of the three approaches with space for individual reflections and notes.
Three approaches [Word]

Further resources

  1. Effective Practice with e-Learning pages 12-13. A summary of the same issues covered in the handout, in a visually friendly format. Read and download the JISC Effective Practice with e-Learning publication.
  2. Review of e-learning theories, frameworks and models Terry Mayes and Sara de Freitas (2004) The original review study on which the 'three approaches' is based, likely to be of particular interest to researchers. Mayes and de Freitas (2004) [PDF]
  3. Pedagogic priorities and approaches mapped to sequences of learning activity Helen Beetham (2005) A proposed system of mapping, likely to be of interest to learning designers and technical developers.
  4. Teaching and Learning Models and Approaches (visited September 2005) Intelligent summaries of a range of models, seen from a UK HE and e-learning context. Go to
  5. Theory into Practice database (visited September 2005) Widely-used general educational web site with brief practical summaries of key theories. Go to
  6. Martin Ryder’s Learning Theory resources (visited September 2005) More in-depth account of different theories with a wide range of online resources: US-based. Go to