When it comes to learning and instruction, the focus should be on the student. However, the trend of student-centred learning goes beyond just focusing on students. According to the International Society for Technology in Education, “student-centred learning moves students from passive receivers of information to active participants in their own discovery process.” The learning process becomes focused on the needs, learning style and ability of each student.
When implementing a student-centred learning approach, the right planning steps need to be taken. Curriculum, pedagogy and how students are to be assessed must be reconsidered to ensure they align with a student-centric method of learning. Instructors must think about delivering their instruction methods in a way that benefits all types of learners. Technology can also be a helpful tool but the appropriateness to the learning situation must be considered as well as how it can help lead to higher levels of thinking.
How Learners are Impacted by Student-Centred Learning
By placing students at the centre of their learning, they become responsible for their gains in knowledge and are often encouraged to use curiosity to help resolve day-to-day problems. By implementing student-centred learning, students are pushed to become more independent and form a style of learning they can use throughout their lives.
A helpful tool in assisting student-cetnred learning is technology. New digital innovations and systems can help support personalized learning for students. Instructors are able to easily monitor results, levels of engagement and make assessments based on readily available data.
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By integrating both technology and pedagogy into schools, students and teachers alike can be rewarded with the ability to have more control over decisions when it comes to their learning or teaching.
However, technology on its own does not make learning student-centred. It must be properly integrated in a ways that supports learning with standards and can lead to solving problems in day-to-day life. As student-centred learning is integrated into a classroom, technology can be gradually applied to help create more personalized learning and lead students to develop real-life skills.
Making the Move to Student-Centred Learning
According to the ISTE, teaching with a student-centred learning approach incorporates technology in ways that are both creative and effective in helping students achieve their goals. Content is delivered by methods that effectively support learning material but also help build students’ digital skills. Before incorporating student-centred learning into your classroom, it’s important to keep in mind how pedagogy driven by technology is used; how technology can be used to make materials more accessible, presented differently depending on student needs; and that instructors understand how to use technology to make their lessons differentiated for their class.
If you are thinking about taking a student-centred learning approach in your class, it’s important to have a plan before you get moving. Talk to your peers and advisors for advice in order to make the transition as positive as possible for your students.