Every profession and every professional engages with teaching and learning in some capacity.

Yet many individuals go through university or higher education degrees and were unable to learn to their full potential.

Why?

Because the learning environment is focused on content delivery.

In both online and offline educational settings, the structure of teaching and learning is primarily instructional: the lecturer delivers content and the student passively receives it.

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Lectures and tutorials are teacher-centred and teacher-directed; the teacher possesses the knowledge and power within the learning environment.

There is rarely peer-to-peer learning, nor student handover or empowerment within the learning process.

This of course incites some level of learning – but it doesn’t promote that deep, conceptual understanding of a learning area that is the hallmark of rich learning.

Despite the pervasiveness of the instructional model within higher education, how people learn best isn’t through passively receiving content.

Rich learning occurs when students:

  • actively construct their own knowledge and understanding;
  • connect new information with their own world; and
  • are intrinsically motivated in the process.

This deep learning also happens through interaction, discussion and collaboration with others.

Think about a topic you’re most excited and passionate about. Do you want to be actively involved in your own learning process? Do you want to discuss and share your experiences of the topic with your peers? Do you want to connect new knowledge with your current awareness through real world examples, to develop that deeper understanding? Do you want to be intrinsically motivated to learn? Do you want to be empowered?

Or do you want to passively listen to an expert deliver a lecture?

OpenLearning aims to provide solutions which can align higher education with how students really learn.

blog october.jpgWe’re about empowering students in their learning process; where learners can actively construct their own knowledge that is relevant and meaningful to them.

We provide an online learning environment that fosters deep learning, intrinsic motivation and collaboration with other students.

We promote dynamic communication through fun and interactive learning communities; where students can discuss concepts, share relevant and meaningful media, and provide peer review, support and feedback in a safe and positive learning space.

We are both the Learning Environment and the Student Hangout. On OpenLearning, students are engaged, intrinsically motivated and productive.

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In this way, the OpenLearning platform goes hand-in-hand with our philosophy — promoting a lifelong love of learning and facilitating students to reach their full learning potential.

Interested to learn more about our platform? Click here to explore our range of solutions.

Posted by David Collien

I'm the Chief Technology Officer at OpenLearning (although I sometimes spell it as "Teachnology" to see if anyone notices). I love building things in software and tinkering with technology, but my real passion is in its cross-disciplinary applications in the arts and humanities. While my past preoccupations have been with building robotic artworks, I now study the intersection of educational theory and technology practice. I recently started learning how to embroider, but my embroidery style leans toward weaving in some functional electronics.

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