Lyons: Using Student-Centered Learning Strategies (TOTW #8)

This is a post from the “Tip of the Week” series by Richard Lyons which is no longer available, although it is archived on Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine.  Below this is a link to the full original tip at Internet Archive.

Using Student-Centered Learning Strategies

Overdependence on lecturing and other instructor-centered learning strategies often fosters a passive learning attitude, and mental disengagement during class. Effective instructors regularly utilize more student-centered strategies that offer the following benefits:

  • Students learn only 10% of what they read, but 80% of what they personally experience and 90% of what they teach others.
  • Allowing students to apply their existing knowledge base fostered through earlier education, work and other life experiences. Good teaching is essentially a matter of fostering connections in students’ minds to new material.
  • Creating healthy risk – where true learning takes place, for students and professors overrides comfortable trap of teaching only as you have been taught.

The full post is available at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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