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  • 1. Instructional Program Critical Analysis CUR/711 Kathy Cook May 16, 2011
  • 2. Welcome Board of Directors Instructional Program Critical Analysis of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Online Nutritional Program
  • 3. SWIHA Online Nutrition Program Overview
    • Includes nutrition courses
    • Healthy cooking classes
    • Students participate in an asynchronistic online environment
    • Six to twelve week courses
    • Six Nutrition courses/
    • Three cooking classes
    • Lead to a Holistic Nutrition Specialist certification
  • 4. Learning Theories Relative to the SWIHA Online Nutrition Program
    • An analysis was conducted of the current instructional program relative to developmental and learning theories
  • 5. Learning Theories in the program:
    • Humanistic approach
    • Multiple Intelligences
    • Adult Learning Theory
    • Cognitive Learning Theory
    • Constructivist
    • Social
  • 6. The Theories, Explained:
    • Humanistic Theory:
    • Centered on the learner as a person and focused on 1) learner’s self-direction; 2) learner’s inner motivation; 3) learner’s self-reflection; and 4) learner’s personal growth achieved from the learning process
    • Social Theory:
    • People can learn by observing the behavior is of others and the outcomes of those behaviors. Many behaviors can be learned or influenced by modeling.
  • 7. The Theories, Explained (cont.)
    • Cognitive Learning:
    • The acquisition of knowledge and skill is through mental/cognitive processes. Individuals learn by listening, watching, touching, reading, or experiencing and then processing and remembering the information.
    • Constructivist:
    • People construct their knowledge rather than acquire it from their environment. The learner is viewed as an information processor. The human mind is important in understanding how people learn.
  • 8. The Theories, Explained (cont.)
    • Adult Learning Theory:
    • Adults are autonomous and self-directed learners. They are goal- and relevancy-oriented. They have accumulated a foundation of life experiences and knowledge and tend to be practical, and focus on the aspects of a lesson most useful to them in their work or home life.
    • Multiple Intelligences:
    • Instead of one intelligence, there are many. Intelligences include (but are not limited to): linguistic, mathematical, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical, spatial, and naturalist.
  • 9. Examples of how theoretical principles are integrated in the program
    • Everyone is encouraged to grown and develop as a person - Humanistic
    • Students are allowed to choose how to demonstrate their learning (i.e. audio, video, written responses, etc.) – Multiple Intelligences
    • Students read, listen, and watch instructional materials to learn – Cognitive Learning
    • Students build upon prior knowledge and relate information to their own life/habits – Constructivism
    • Class material is related and relevant to real-life and learners are motivated and able to apply info – Adult Learning Theory
  • 10. Students observe instructor preparing menu items on video and then students prepare food items and reflect on their experiences. – Social learning theory http://www.youtube.com/user/ChefRachel1?blend=23&ob=5#p/a/f/0/OpxTfCsM4iM
  • 11. Effective program components
    • Class participation – Allows students to share thoughts, ideas, and learning with classmates and learn from others
    • Assignments - Students show their learning in a variety of ways.
      • Individual assignments
      • Small group assignments
    • Weekly Reflections - Gives students an opportunity to think about their thinking/learning.
  • 12. Program Recommendations
    • The Moral theory is one theory that could be included into the program.
    • Moral theory is about teaching morals and values.
    • Morals can be related to nutrition. Examples:
      • Vegetarianism
      • Localism
      • Feeding animals corn
      • Humane treatment of animals used for food sources
    • Recommend the use of movies like Food, Inc . to explore moral issues related to nutrition.
  • 13. Food, Inc. (The movie)
    • http://www.foodincmovie.com/
  • 14. Conclusions of Program Analysis
    • SWIHA’s online nutrition programs are based on current learning theories.
    • There is evidence of following theories:
        • Cognitivism
        • Constructivism
        • Social learning theory
        • Multiple intelligences
        • Adult learning theory
        • Humanism
    • Could consider adding moral theory to the program.
    • Over all, a strong theoretical-based program
  • 15. Thank you! Questions? Concerns?
  • 16. References
    • Albet-Matesz, R. (, June 2009). Chef Rachel's spicy peanut sauce [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/user/ChefRachel1?blend=23&ob=5#p/a/f/0/OpxTfCsM4iM
    • Gredler, M. E. (2009). Learning and instruction: Theory into practice (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Pearson.
    • Kenner, R. (2008). Food, Inc. [Motion picture]. Los Angeles, CA: Magnolia Home Entertainment.
    • Learning Theories Knowledge. (2011).  Learning-Theories.com . Retrieved from http://www.learning-theories.com/ .
    • Martinez, M. E. (2010). Learning and cognition: The design of the mind. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
    • Merriam, S. B. (2006). Learning in adulthood: A comprehensive guide , 3 rd ed. New Y ork, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
    • Ormrod, J. E. (2008). Human learning (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall.
    • Willingham, D. T. (2009). Why don’t students like school? A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for your classroom . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.