I particularly like this diagram, found in one of Malcolm Murray’s presentations for Durham University:
The term student-centered learning refers to a wide variety of educational programs,learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students. To accomplish this goal, schools, teachers, guidance counselors, and other educational specialists may employ a wide variety of educational methods, from modifying assignments and instructional strategies in the classroom to entirely redesigning the ways in which students are grouped and taught in a school.
An important piece of thinking “Students experience of the institutional technology they are asked to use should match the usability of the technology they choose to use.” Although we turned this on its head with Manipulating Media module, and used the technology the students used, and encouraged them to use it from a more academic perspective.
Students typically find that their HE tech provision is a step down from what they have had at previous levels, and the BODGIT project highlighted both poor practices within HE institutions (buy the software and scarper, leaving staff to learn how to use it, as it slips down their list of priorities), and a resistance amongst staff – which can be overcome by ensuring that staff understand what the software can do for them (in terms of time/money, typically), or for their learners. Much more complex than those few sentences would indicate!
See the associated Project Blog.