The Learner-centered Classroom

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-11-07
  • Publisher: Association for Talent Development
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Learner-centered instruction helps build dynamic classrooms in which the student takes ownership of the content and determines ways that it may be useful to him. Such instruction also encourages the student to build the relationships that will allow learning to endure beyond the training event.

Here are a few of the questions author Jeannette Campos suggests asking yourself to effectively create a learner-centered classroom:

  • As an instructor, am I encouraging interaction among my learners whenever possible?
  • Is my content formatted in the most engaging way?
  • Have I created opportunities for the learner to reflect on the learning process?
  • Only in a learner-centered classroom can you foster the four types of learning relationships: learner-to-instructor, learner-to-content, learner-to-learner, and learner-to-self.

This TD at Work will explain:

  • the four relationships within a classroom, whether online or face-to-face
  • the qualities of healthy, high-performing classroom relationships
  • how different teaching methods (for example, podcasts, peer review, and asking questions) can strengthen learner-centered relationships
  • the four-part learning objectives to design learner-centered instruction.

Author Biography

Jeannette Campos is an instructional systems designer (ISD) who has provided consultative services in the design, development, and delivery of creative learning solutions to clients in the government, non-profit, academic, and commercial markets.

Jeannette holds a master of arts degree in ISD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she currently serves an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program. She has also served as an adjunct faculty at the National Labor College and in the Community College System of New Hampshire. She is currently a communications officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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