Learner Centered Approaches to Teaching

In the link below MaryEllen Wiemer Phd shares five characteristics of the learner centered classroom from a recent book she published. This is a great opportunity to preview some of the content included in the book. For me as a relatively new classroom instructor I found these helpful to put in perspective some of what occurs in the classroom environment. In my previous role as a clinical instructor I as able to use hands on demonstration and real life examples frequently as a teaching tool. Student were most often engaged and I was able to walk through the tasks confidently as I was most comfortable with the process. However as a novice classroom instructor I often wonder what I can do differently to capture student engagement, and how to encourage student participation and ownership of the information and their learning. Number five is of particular interest as it relates directly to the course content. Collaboration. This is evident in the way the some of the classes are delivered. The interprofessional education classes when facilitated I don’t know where the class is going to go…as a facilitator I have guiding questions, but the conversation and learning is driven by the participants who are the learners.

The five characteristics are;

1) Learner-centered teaching engages students in the hard, messy work of learning.

2) Learner-centered teaching includes explicit skill instruction.

3) Learner-centered teaching encourages students to reflect on what they are learning and how they are learning it.

4) Learner-centered teaching motivates students by giving them some control over learning processes.

5) Learner-centered teaching encourages collaboration.



Flipping the classroom using iclicker

This video provided by iclicker identifies from a students perspective the benefits of using iclicker in the classroom. The video touches on the benefits from the instructors perspective as well, as a tool for engagement and formative assessment. Using iclicker for formative assessment quickly identifies areas requiring further review. This is the very reason why I am going to begin using iclickers in the classroom. This will be a small step towards flipping the classroom for the course I lead in the nursing program here at Red River College. I am very excited to get started with this project.


Student Centered Approaches to Learning

I enjoyed learning about the Trifecta of student centered learning!! Here is a short summary of the article, click the link below for the full article.
The Trifecta of Student Centered LearningMotivation – Without motivation, there is no push to learn
Engagement – Without engagement, there is no way to learn
Voice – Without voice, there is no authenticity in learning