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Three Learning Domains Described

Here at iCom our goal is to champion a foundation of learning in all learning. We aim to innovate, inspire, and ignite change through learning made by learners. Through our resources, knowledge and team, we embody learning made possible.

One of the ways we do that is by incorporating learning domains into our capabilities. What are learning domains you ask?

Four learning domains exist. In essence, each individual – meaning each student in our realm – learns in a different way. Each has an individual learning style or domain that benefits them the most. It’s why you can have multiple students in a physical or virtual classroom who absorb the information differently. It’s why you learn differently than others.

The four learning domains include social, cognitive, affective and physical aka psychomotor. Within these, our capabilities focus on three of the domains: cognitive, affective and physical or psychomotor. We do realize the importance of learning through social interaction; however, our focus is on the three mental learning domains as we describe below:

Cognitive: Cognitive learning relates to our mental capabilities and how we gather and remember knowledge. This all relates to how we recall data, understand information, apply information, understand the difference between facts and opinions, create patterns and structure, and make judgements and critiques.

Affective: Affective learning relates to our emotional responses to learning. This has to do with how an individual, in this case, a student, receives, responds, values, organizes, and characterizes values, emotions and feelings. It also ties into those polite moments, such as not interrupting and defending positions.

Psychomotor: Psychomotor is also known as physical skills necessary to learn. This includes perception, set or resolve within challenges, guided responses gained by following instructions or trial and error, mechanism through continued practice, the complex overt response of being overly proficient without further thought, adaptation, and organization. This isn’t just about being physically active. It’s how the physical ties into the learning. An example would be students who learn better by taking notes in an educational setting.

Some people know strongly how they learn. In fact, you may even recognize your own learning style as described above. In our own eLearning capabilities here at iCom, we take into consideration how each of these three is represented. In fact, you can often find learning effectiveness for each of these three areas clearly indicated within our capabilities on our website. It is one way we continue to work to help you reach your highest potential within the eLearning materials we create for your needs and goals.

We’d love to talk with you further about this and how we can work on something great together. Contact us today at sales@icomproducations.ca or call us at 403-543-5151 ext 8.