What is the inquiry process?
In another discussion called : A 21st Century Learning Experiment RangerMel said, "What I'm hearing here is some redefinition, perhaps, of what it means to be a modern "teacher." So much of the learning process seems to be FACILITATING the learning process rather than directing it. It sounds like you're working with your students to define the process steps of learning, which I would think would give them to skills to say (consciously or subconsciously), "I'm really frustrated with this project right now...oh! wait--this is how it's suppose to be at this stage!" I would think that if students had a better understanding of the learning process, particularly when it becomes frustrating, that they'll have the fortitude to stick through the tough times and work for clarity and success."
She is describing the inquiry process that we need to be able to tap into in order to facilitate learning. What does it look like or feel like to be in the midst of an inquiry? how can we better facilitate authentic learning experiences like working through a complex problem?
Oct 3 2008, 4:14 PM EDT by
Online Learning Standards
Colorado Online Learning recently updated its Quality Assurance Process to include a section on 21st Century Skills in its course review instrument. This is aligned with the national online learning standards set by North American Council for Online Learning.
21st CENTURY SKILLS
1. Course instruction, content and assignments provide opportunities for students to take responsibility and initiative for their learning as self-directed learners. [Definition: Course affords students the opportunity and encouragement to monitor their own understanding and needs, utilize time efficiently and manage workload.]
2. Course instruction, content and assignments promote the acquisition of information management skills. [Definition:
Including the abilities to gather, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information. Uses technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, may address the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information.]
3. Course instruction, content and assignments encourage adaptability so that students learn thrive in the context of rapid change. [Definition: Afford students opportunities to adapt to varied roles and responsibilities, and work effectively in an environment where change occurs rapidly; students increase their comfort level with ambiguity.]
Aug 19 2008, 2:45 AM EDT by DixieGood
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