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Elton LaClare

Putting Learners in the Driver's Seat: Outsourcing Control to Improve Outcomes

Content Type: Case Study

Target Audience: Teacher / Course Creator 

Language: English

Description of Presentation

This presentation will explore the proposition that learning outcomes improve as the locus of control shifts away from the teacher and toward the learner.  In recent years much research has been conducted in the areas of learner autonomy and learner control. Although the findings are difficult to generalize across contexts, it is clear that enabling learner agency greatly affects motivation - a key determiner of success in acquiring new knowledge.  As an example, the speaker will examine the issue of learner control as it pertains to the development of second language listening skills. The Moodle Learning Management System allows teachers to give learners the 'play' button, putting them in control of the time, place and duration of access to the source material. Additionally, thoughtful use of Moodle's  feedback options can facilitate a shift away from binary forms of assessment toward more nuanced reflective and formative practices. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how teachers can begin to re-imagine the process of content creation to achieve a working balance between structure and choice in a way that benefits their learners.

Added: Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 1:31 PM
Last Modified: Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 10:44 AM

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