Here's How - Shifts of Control

Photo of a young boy teaching adults. Based on the constructivist theory of learning, a student-centered approach to learning places greater emphasis on the autonomy of the learner, on active learning, with creation, communication and participation playing key roles for students.

Teachers step off the "stage" and start listening and conversing with students. They abandon a broadcast style and adopt an interactive one.

Instructors inspire students to discover for themselves, and students learn a process of critical thinking instead of just memorizing the teacher's information (Tapscott, 2009).

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Discussion Question: Does teaching in an online learning environment automatically equate to a shift away from a teacher-centered approach? What techniques in the online classroom help foster a more student-centered approach?

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