Real People. Deep Learning
Gail Frost & Maureen Connolly
Brock University Chancellor's Chairs for Teaching Excellence.
Presented an update on their research on January 27th at Centre for Teaching, Learning & Educational Technologies teaching event.
Instead of using paper case studies, Gail & Maureen have transformed their courses in such a way that students get real experience working with real people from the community.
The main theorists they used for course redevelopment are Vygotsky, Freire, Schon and Entwistle.
Students work directly with clients: create movement profiles, schedule appointments and modify programs as things change and evolve (which they do!). This change would never have been necessary from a paper case study and the learning has been profound as students realize they must adjust their approaches and programs accordingly. Client response acts as immediate feedback beyond a grade from an instructor, which is more meaningful for deep learning.
The instructors have scaffolded new technology into the course with some really great success. They are using wikis to allow for collaborative group work and blogs for reflective journalling. They also use the LMS for a variety of other contact communication and information sharing.