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In a world where knowing how to learn and monitor your own learning is more important than just knowing the facts, education and training is gravitating to more learning-centred approaches. ...

In a world where knowing how to learn and monitor your own learning is more important than just knowing the facts, education and training is gravitating to more learning-centred approaches. Learning-centred environments support learners to not only have input into what is they need to learn, but they also help them determine how their work should be monitored and evaluated. In learning-centred practice, the monitoring of learner progress is no longer the sole responsibility of the teacher, but that of learner, their peers and their mentors through the use of online personal learning spaces or eportfolios (Brown, Chen & Gordon, 2012).

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  • Introduce yourself– Elearningebusiness eportfolio consultancyWork with prominent universities and VET providersWorkshops / Webinars for ACPET, VELG Training, Wendy Perry & Associates
  • So what are learning-centred environments?
  • We’ve heard a lot about teacher-centred and learner-centred learning environments, where in teacher-centred environments the learner often works on their own, and the learning relationship is solely between the teacher and the learner.There has been a movement to learner-centred environments, where the learner negotiates their individual or personal learning plan, and is encouraged to work with others in their class group.Brown, Chen & Gordon (2012) note through research done for the international eportfolio group, AAEEBL, another point on the continuum of pedagogies, with a movement to learning-centred learning environment, where the learner also works with their wider community, both face to face and online.
  • Brown, Chen & Gordon (2012) describe learning-centred environments as places where the learner collaborates with others, in involved in peer learning and assessment, and networks with their wider community to inform their learning.
  • As we live in a globally dynamic, ever-changing world, we need to help people learn how to learn.Solely giving learners the content of their learning is no longer sufficient – we need to help learners learn how to fish (learn), not just give them the fish (content).Emerging 21 century learning methodologies/pedagogies are using learning centred methodologies such asFlipped learning (flipping who’s controlling the learning)Action-basedRelevance and fit for purposeCollaboration - peers, mentors, industry experts etcGiving learners’ a voiceCommunicationNeed learners to be thinking, doing and interacting with their learning … and taking some control of their learning
  • But how can you monitor learner progress in a learning-centred environment?
  • This diagram represents a typical formal digital learning support system made up of:LMSWebinar or virtual classroomEportfolio
  • But as Brown, Chen & Gordon (2012) have identified, it’s the eportfolio component of this support system which best supports a learning-centred environments and enable learners and their teachers to monitor the learner’s progress.
  • TAFE SA Western Sydney Institute (WSI) use eportfolios with hairdresser apprentices
  • Helping learners to manage and present their on-the-job training
  • Educators can better monitor the learners’ progress. Instead of only seeing their work at 2-3 ‘hand-up’ points during the term, educators can now regularly check their learners’ progress 24/7, and offer them feedback along the way.
  • But not only can the educator provide this support, so can peers, employers and mentors
  • A day in the life of MyPortfolioThe first 10 minutes of each hour in 1 day of MyPortfolio.school.nz to illustrate the activity on this ePortfolio site. This video demonstrates that learners and educators are tuning into the eportfolio 24/7, allowing them to monitor learners progress in so many ways.The visualization was done with the open source software Logstalgia code.google.com/p/logstalgia/
  • So how are you helping learners learn how to fish?
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  • Creating learning-centred environments 12 November 2013 IDEA 13 Allison Miller Director & Principal Consultant vanguardvisionsconsulting.com.au
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  • What are learningcentred environments?
  • Continuum of Pedagogies Teacher-centred Individual Works on own Learner-centred Class Works with other learners Learning-centred Wider community Works with wider community Brown, Chen & Gordon (2012), The Annual AAEEBL Survey at Two: Looking Back and Looking Ahead, International Journal of ePortfolio, Virginia Tech & The University of Georgia, Vol 2, No2, pp. 129-138 http://www.theijep.com/past_2_2.cfm
  • What are learning-centred environments? “Learning-centered practices are represented in practice when the faculty member invites learners to have some determination in not only how the work will be pursued and represented, but also in determining what it is that is necessary to learn. In learning-centered practice it is presumed that students will collaborate, employ peer review, and network to inform their learning.“ (Brown, Chen & Gordon, 2012, pg 133” Brown, Chen & Gordon (2012), The Annual AAEEBL Survey at Two: Looking Back and Looking Ahead, International Journal of ePortfolio, Virginia Tech & The University of Georgia, Vol 2, No2, pp. 129-138 http://www.theijep.com/past_2_2.cfm
  • Moving to learning-centred methodologies Image: CC-BY Father and son fishing - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Father_and_son_fishing_little_boy_helps_his_father_to_fish.jpg
  • But how can you monitor learner progress in a learning-centred environment?
  • Formal digital learning support system Webinar Eportfolio Learning Management System
  • Formal digital learning support system Webinar Eportfolio Learning Management System
  • But what is an eportfolio?
  • flexiblelearning.net.au Image by Sengchang– Singapore Changi Airport, Control Tower - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Singapore_Changi_Airport,_Control_Tower_2,_Dec_05.JPG
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  • ePortfolios for Trades Hairdressing @ Nepean TAFE College
  • Help learners manage and present their work ePortfolios in Hairdressing EpCop Presentation 17.05.2011 14
  • Ongoing Feedback Provide feedback (and feed-forward) on the selected evidence The importance & value of giving ongoing feedback: Feedback on views • Can be private or public ePortfolios in Hairdressing EpCop Presentation 17.05.2011 15
  • Peer & Self Assessment Communication Profile wall posts • Can be private or public • If linked to email address (in settings) it’s an easy way to notify students. ePortfolios in Hairdressing EpCop Presentation 17.05.2011 16
  • Eportfolios have back-end data too
  • Formal digital learning support system A day in the life of MyPortfolio – Kristina Hoeppner – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CvbZzh7u_g
  • So how are you helping learners learn how to fish? Image: CC-BY Father and son fishing - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Father_and_son_fishing_little_boy_helps_his_father_to_fish.jpg
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