Transforming the Walls of the Classroom
Reuben Dlamini, Ohio University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
The power of informal learning has been overlooked for a long time by educators who are eager to teach and turn students into information databases. Like Winston Churchill said, “Personally, I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught.” This work details the importance of informal and open-ended learning environments, and also the experience of students in the Academic Advancement Center (AAC) Computer Learning Lab at Ohio University. We also argue that informal learning should be recognized because of its ability to bring like minds together who share same interest to further research, exchange and share ideas. An open-ended environment accommodates people with different learning styles and enhances their learning experience. The lab is designed with emphasis on “constructivism” and provides a self-guided learning environment with Lab Assistants always acting as scaffolds.
Dlamini, R. (2009). Transforming the Walls of the Classroom. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1603-1611). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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