ERIC Number: ED448820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-10
Facilitating Learner-Centered Instruction: Technology, Simulation, and Scans.
Parsons, Michael H.
Recent shifts toward collaborative learning and learner-centered language indicates that: (1) student diversity is increasing; (2) delivery, interaction, and assessment must occur across an expanding range of contexts, cultures, and knowledge parameters; and (3) learners must be empowered to accept responsibility for their learning and also to collaborate with others in complicated, dynamic, and ambiguous settings. Bureaucratic inertia and a seemingly conflicted mission may oppose these shifts. The Hagerstown Community College (HCC) Technology/SCANS pilot program: (1) reassigns the locus of control for learning to the students; (2) re-energizes learners and instructors with intrinsic and extrinsic motivators; (3) actively engages learners in creating solutions that require managing conflict and creating collaboration among disparate groups; and (4) develops appropriate assessment methodology. A new HCC learning paradigm is emerging with the result that learners are becoming more independent, self-critical, and willing to reach beyond the classroom to create knowledge; are more willing to risk controversy and manage conflict to achieve a goal; are emerging as leaders in the work environment; and are more innovative in their ethical and theoretical approaches to educational, work, and social contexts. Further discussion, research, and the establishment of "best practices" are needed. (PGS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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