ERIC Number: ED409850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Open-Ended Learning Environments (OELEs): A Framework for Design and Development.
Land, Susan M.; Hill, Janette R.
Open-ended learning environments (OELEs) provide contexts to support exploration, experimentation, and problem-solving. This paper creates a context for understanding the issues and challenges associated with the design and development of OELEs. Discussion first centers on characteristics of OELEs which differ from traditional learning environments in the roles of context, the importance of multiple resources and tools, and the responsibilities of the learner. Next, the following assumptions are presented, along with the associated design issues: (1) understanding is best achieved when situated in relevant contexts that support the learner in connecting personal beliefs and experiences with formal concepts; (2) provision of resources and tools help learners connect and manipulate understanding; and (3) learners must take more responsibility for monitoring and reflecting upon the learning process. A conceptual framework for designing OELEs is then presented. Its contents include: context, resources, learners, and evaluation. (Contains 27 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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