Classical Conditiong Instructional Design Theory by Korrie Zupon

Comparison Handout

Classical Conditioning Instructional Design Theory
Unconditioned Stimulus Learning as a Group
Unconditioned Response Community
Conditioned Stimulus Communication
Conditioned Response
Training an individual a new behavior or response by conditioning them by introducing a conditioned stimulus Training a group of people who are otherwise unconnected to feel like they are part of the bigger picture

Integrating the Theories

To get the students to use the theories together, the professor can introduce instructional design
to the class/he or she is teaching (at the group level) and then reinforce each of the individual
students by using classical conditioning. The students are able to learn the significance and
then learn to influence the events by using both learning theories


Need a high motivator as a conditioned stimulus or no conditioned response may occur Some students may not like group work, they may feel uncomfortable being part of a community
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by: Korrie Zupon