Who is familiar with the following comments from colleagues in their teaching area?
I have found that busy university academics are often preoccupied by the same questions as many learning theorists and researchers:
- What is “learning” anyway?
- When do I know someone has learned something?
- How do people best learn?
- What is the difference between meaningful and superficial learning?
- What strategies can be used to support and enable student learning?
In this Coffee Course we hope to provide you with some “bites” of theory that may provide some triggers for further thought and some structure to how you think about your students’ learning. We know some of you are pushed for time, so we hope to cover the content here during quick coffee breaks. You should be able to get an idea of the main concepts just by reading the material on each page. The links are provided to you for further exploration if and when time permits!
Firstly, what is your approach to teaching? You already have some ideas about how students learn, so do this online questionnaire to help you clarify your own approach to teaching, on the Teaching Perspective Inventory website.
Below are some suggested questions to spark a discussion – choose one or more, or make your own.
- Having done the TPI questionnaire, which of the five perspectives of teaching did you mainly fall into? Did you notice a big or small difference between your intentions and actions, in this questionnaire result?
- Provide your thoughts and personal theory on one of the questions about learning listed above, based on your experience and knowledge. Does your answer resonate with the result you got from the TPI questionnaire?
The 7 Concepts
Here are our 7 snapshots we will explore in the following five days:
- Deep vs Surface Learning,
- Extrinsic vs Intrinsic motivation
- Taxonomies of knowledge and learning
- Characteristics of Adult Learning
- Student-centred learning
- Active learning