The Gestalt Theory of the psychology of learning states that every stimulus in learning is perceived by humans in its most simple form, also known as the Law of Simplicity. Gestalt Theory provided the 20th-century foundations for the modern study of perception and emphasizes that the whole of anything is greater than its parts in isolation. In this UTO Training session on Instructional Design theory and application, we will discuss how the Gestalt Theory applies to course design, the three underlying assumptions in learner perception, the four laws of organization as they apply to perception, and the roles of inner and outer motivation in the learning process.


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