Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research

Discussion Series


How Students Learn in a Learner-Centered Environment

Doyle, T. (2008)

Teaching and learning in a learner-centered instructional environment can be challenging! This discussion series will focus on creating effective learner-centered environments, from optimizing student learning, to creating relevance, to promoting independent learning, to peer instruction. Helping Students Learn examines the move from a teaching-centered to a learner-centered classroom.

"The first four chapters focus on the importance of imparting to students the evidence and underlying philosophy that is driving higher education to move from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered practice, and what this means for students in terms of having control over, and making important choices about, their learning. The final eight chapters focus on how to impart the skills that students need to learn or hone if they are to be effective learners in an environment that is new to them. The book covers such practices as learning on one’s own; creating meaningful learning when collaborating with others; peer teaching; making presentations; developing life long learning skills; self and peer evaluation; and give meaningful feedback." (from book flap)

Attend one session, or attend them all!

A discussion of Helping Students Learn will occur in two parts, part 1 will address chapters 1-6 while part 2 will address chapters 7-12. Each part (1 & 2) will be led by knowledgeable faculty members and involve a short presentation addressing the creation of learner-centered instructional environments followed by a discussion of the implications of the principles for practice. Ultimately, the focus of these discussions will be on how learner-centered teaching applies to the daily instructional lives of faculty members.

Schedule of Chapter Discussions

1/31/12
Tuesday
Ch 1: How Does Students’ Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning?
Facilitator: Jeannine Eddleton, Chemistry
Session is full.
Resources
2/15/12
Wednsday
Ch 2: How Does the Way Students Organize Knowledge Affect Learning?
Facilitator: TBD
Session is full.
Resources
2/23/12
Thursday
Ch 3: What Factors Motivate Students to Learn?
Facilitator: Brett Jones, Learning Sciences
Session is full.
Resources
3/15/12
Thursday
Ch 4: How Do Students Develop Mastery?
Facilitator: Lisa McNair, Engineering Education
Session is full.
Resources
3/27/12
Tuesday
Ch 5: What Kinds of Practice and Feedback Enhance Learning?
Facilitator: Jennifer M. Brill, Learning Sciences
Session is full.
Resources
4/11/12
Tuesday
Ch 6: Why do Student Development and Course Climate Matter?
Facilitator: Robin Panneton, Psychology
Session is full.
Resources
4/25/12
Tuesday
Ch 7: How Do Students Become Self-Directed Learners?
Facilitator: Barbara Bekken, Geosciences
Session is full.
Resources




What is the
Discussion Series?

The Discussion Series is designed to provide the time and space for faculty members to come together, share, discuss, and apply research-based instructional ideas and strategies in an informal atmosphere.




Principles from
How Learning Works

Main Page

Ch 1: Prior Knowledge
Ch 2: Organization
Ch 3: Motivation
Ch 4: Mastery
Ch 5: Feedback
Ch 6: Development
Ch 7: Self-Direction