Learning how to learn and project-based learning.
Learning online can put them together.
And instigate practice.
Can't monitor student effort when they work online? Give them a project and monitor their work. Use a digital coach to monitor the details.
Small group at work online
- We are in Germany, Arizona, and Texas
- But we get to the meeting in less than 30 seconds.
- We talk, go over the agenda, exchange notes and web links.
- We do everything we would do in a physical business meeting.
- If we were students, we could have a DTA to coach us.
Learning how to learn: Can schools teach that?
- Schools should teach students how to learn on their own.
- If we had a course in how to learn, what would it look like?
- And what would the teacher do?
- Start with "What would the learner do?"
- A psychologist points out: learning occurs with evaluated practice.
- So to teach: create circumstances that induce evaluated practice.
- "Read chapter seven." gives practice in reading,
- Most project-based learning can do that.
- Because self-managed learning is a project
- Inquiry-based learning specifically does that.
A scenario for teaching self-management with DTA
- Start with project-based learning (PBL).
- Add: small group project planning and execution.
- Add: group meetings in a digital environment, with DTA assistance.
- Group meetings may be done at class time or as homework.
- DTA acts as representative for the teacher.
- DTA instigates reflective thinking.
- Through the DTA, the teacher requires reports from each meeting.
- DTA provides the reporting form or recording.
- Recording may be audio or audio/video.
- Required reports are about things needed for progress on the project:
- Objective of this meeting.
- Reports of progress on action items (by person).
- Action items for next meeting (by person)
- Required reports are also about reflection on the inquiry process:
- What task did you find easiest?
- What task did you find hardest?
- Did you find a way to do a task more efficiently? Explain.
Why PBL online?
Active practice rather than passive reading
Practice in goal-directed thinking
Practice work-group skills
- Project-based learning can develop work-group skills--if it uses team projects It needs a DTA familiar with group facilitation roles.
- Teamwork in a digital place. Online learning does not have to be lonely. They can't learn teamwork by themselves.
- Action-item practice for group meetings in project based learning. Effective meetings don't just happen, they are planned.
- Agenda training for a project meeting by a self-managed group. Learning to plan in a group
- Project-based learning with work-groups: Not just the content: project skills, team skills, self-confidence
Practice in self-management
- Inquiry-based learning: "Here's what you have to know." changes to "Here's how to find out things."
- Learn to be a self-starter. Self-managed learning, libraries, learning communities.
- Student-thinking versus breadwinner-thinking versus entrepreneurial thinking: coming of age in school
- The DTA can encourage good time-management habits
Practice in learning how to learn
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