In most organizations, the focus of learning and development is on meeting the needs of the business. However, there is a growing trend toward learner-centered learning, which puts the focus on the individual learner and their needs and not on the instructor. This strategy can have many benefits for employees and organizations alike. Here we’ll take a look at what learner-centred learning is, and discuss some of the pros and cons of adopting this approach.
Education and training is changing rapidly. The industrial education era is fading, and a new wave of elearning is cresting. This new way to learn emphasizes learner-centered instruction that “… focuses on skills and practices that enable lifelong learning and independent problem-solving.” Some learners are already equipped with these skills, but others need direction with explicit teaching. If the life-long thinking skills to promote independent learning are explicitly taught the learner can use them for the rest of their life. New technologies are making it possible for learners to connect with each other and with experts around the world in order to collaborate and solve problems. This changes everything about how we think about education and training. No longer is education something that happens in a class room or terminated when an individual gets a job. Instead, education and training is an ongoing process that should continue throughout an individual’s lifetime.
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 Young, Lynne E., Paterson, Barbara L. (2007). Teaching Nursing: Developing a Student-centered Learning Environment. p. 5.
Related elearning experiences: Universal Instructional Design, Distance Education, mLearning.