Putting the Learner at the Center: Next-Generation Innovation Emphasizes Enabling Learning in Classrooms and E-Learning Environments


Learner-centered practices are instructional design and teaching practices that are based on what we know about learning and cognition. Such practices encourage meaningful learning and create environments in which people learn best. The selection, use and funding of technology to enhance and support learner-centered practices is an NLII key theme and research area.

This article introduces the NLII conceptual framework for looking at learning principles and how technology might be used in that context; explains the role of communities of practice such as MERLOT in refining and applying conceptual frameworks;discusses how NLII members Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee, the SUNY Learning Network, University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Southern California, University of Central Florida, Empire State (SUNY), University of British Columbia incorporate learning principles into teaching practice through learning design, faculty development and online support, technology selection and project planning and funding, and organizational restructuring. Also discussed is the need for linking learning sciences and technology research to everyday practice through faculty research and development and through resources such as LESTER.

A summary of NLII resources and activities on Learner-Centered Practices is given.

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