Connectionism theory is based on the principle of active learning and is the result of the work of the American psychologist Edward Thorndike. This work led to Thorndike’s Laws. According to these Laws, learning is achieved when an individual is able to form associations between a particular stimulus and a response. The three main laws are the Law of Readiness, the Law of Exercise, and the Law of Effect. This latest session in UTO Training’s ongoing series on Instructional Design will discuss these three laws in detail, the five additional laws of Thorndike’s learning theory, the four key principles of the theory, and the three “new” laws used in instructional design today.

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