Discovery Learning

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Most people think of learning as something that happens in a classroom, but there’s another type of learning that is just as important – discovery learning. With discovery learning, you figure out things for yourself by exploring and experimenting. This type of learning can be especially useful in the workplace, where you might not always have someone telling you what to do. By using your own skills and intuition, you can often come up with better solutions than someone else would.

Discovery learning is a type of educational approach that promotes learner independence and encourages learners to find information for themselves. This type of learning is often used in elearning courses, as it allows learners to work at their own pace and online courses often provide a wealth of resources that learners can explore. 

Discovery learning is also perfect for elearning courses as it can be used to introduce new concepts, reinforce existing knowledge, and promote exploration and curiosity. When used effectively, discovery learning can be an excellent way to learn new information and build upon existing knowledge. So how can you make sure that your work environment supports discovery learning? Here are a few questions you can ask to get you thinking about how.

  1. What is discovery learning and how does it differ from traditional instruction methods?
  2. How do problem solving situations provide opportunities for students to learn through exploration and experimentation?
  3. What are some examples of real-world problems that can be used in the classroom to promote discovery learning?
  4. How can teachers create a problem-solving environment that encourages student engagement and creativity?”
  5. Are there any challenges associated with using discovery learning in the classroom, and if so, how can they be overcome?”
  6. What benefits has discovery learning brought to students, and how can educators ensure that all students have an opportunity to participate in these types of activities?”

Discovery learning promotes learners finding the information themselves. Learning is best achieved when the learner finds relationships between the facts themselves. Discovery learning “…takes place in problem solving situations where the learner draws on his or her own experience and existing knowledge to discover facts and relationships and new truths to be learned.” [1]. Learning becomes more of an active experience because the answer to the question is found by reading a multitude of sources and completing a number of activities. The learner must become actively involved in the learning process to answer the question. elearning space uses a discovery learning experience in the example.

We hope this article has shown you how discovery learning can be a powerful tool for elearning. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you create an engaging and effective elearning course that incorporates the benefits of discovery learning, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team would be happy to discuss your needs and see how we can help you achieve your learning goals.

[1] Bruner, J. S. (1961). The Act of Discovery. Harvard Educational Review

View the related elearning experience: Scenario Based Learning, Authentic Learning.

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