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Modern pedagogies typically advocate the transition of teacher-centred educational practices to student-centred approaches that pass ownership of learning to the students. Implicit in this call for student ownership of learning is the assumption that students want to, can, and will take on that ownership. However, this may not be the case—taking on ownership of one’s own learning requires hard work, metacognitive and executive skills, knowledge management, and intrinsic motivation, whereas the path of least resistance may seem more desirable: sit passively in class, complete the given learning tasks, and submit the required assignments. The problem may not be how to get instructors to pass ownership of learning to students, but rather how do we get students to take ownership of their own learning. This problem is exacerbated by many LMS’s: many of these systems are implicitly teacher-centred (i.e., tools for instructors to manage courses)) and provide few tools for students to manage their own learning (e.g., tools for managing knowledge or for setting, working on, and monitoring progress on learning goals). In this Thinking Session, I invite participants to discuss innovative solutions to the problems: 1. How do we get students to take ownership of their own learning? 2. How do subvert LMS technologies to promote and support student ownership of learning?
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