In this article, Faith Hill highlights the fact that we all define “Learning” a little differently, and it is based mostly on our own educational experiences. If you grew up in teacher-centered classrooms, you probably understand learning to be synonymous with lectures, instructors, powerpoint slides, you learned passively. But we strongly believe you have to actively participate in your learning, you have to own your learning, and you have to experience it. We also understand that in order to do that, the educational provider needs to structure learning in a manner that allows the student to truly engage in it.
While there is a lot of research out there about how to best achieve this, we agree with this articles basic philosophy:
- Start with the skills and competencies the learner needs to acquire.
- Create objectives that accurately reflect what the learner will be able to do by the end of the course.
- Create opportunities for the learner to apply their learning in a meaningful way.
- Measure things that matter – don’t assess for assessment’s sake. Assessments are not just a tool for the educator, they should always be another learning opportunity for the student.
There is so much available to us these days in the way of technology that Learning is going to constantly change and evolve. There isn’t “a” right way to learn or teach, but as long as we adapt and reconsider our approach we are doing a pretty good job. If you want to see what we are doing, head on over to our site, check us out and let us know how you define ‘”Learning”.