Evolving from Course-Centric to Learning-Centric: Portfolios, Wikis, and Social Learning

Deborah Everhart

Abstract


Teaching and learning strategies for using course management systems have evolved from basic “fill in the blank” models to interactive designs that encourage multi-formatted individual contributions and collaborative forms of learning. In keeping with the participatory development of online resources, web-based courses are shifting from traditional “authoritarian” faculty control to inclusion of student-produced course materials and student-directed learning activities. This paper provides historical context, a depiction of the stages in the evolution from course-centric to learning-centric, a glimpse into the future, and seven key strategies for facilitating social learning and the ways in which they help engage learners with each other.


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