#OLC15 – The Move to Student-Centered Active Learning Will Not Be Easy

October 15, 2015 – 8:00am
Lead Presenter: Phil Hill (MindWires Consulting, USA) @PhilOnEdTech
Michael Feldstein (MindWires Consulting, USA) @mfeldstein67


As online and hybrid education enter the third decade, there are significant efforts to move beyond the virtualization of traditional face-to-face classroom and instead take advantage of personalization of pedagogies and technologies. This shift has the potential to change the discussion of whether online approaches “can be as good as” traditional approaches to a discussion of how online approaches “can provide better learning opportunities”.

But this move to personalization – centered on the student instead of the course, and focused on active learning – will not be easy. How will personalization change the role of the teach or of the teaching assistant? For that matter, how will personalization change the role and expectations of the student? What institutional changes are required to support these new pedagogical approaches? During this talk we will explore this long-term trend, several of the drivers enabling the change, and the implications for current and future educators.


“The asynchronous, individualized nature of online learning allows differentiation of course content. Students can control a course’s pace to fit their learning styles and abilities.”

“Our research found that interactive course software that provides instantaneous feedback could be particular effective in improving student performance in online courses.” PPIC, Successful Online Courses in California’s Community Colleges

  • Essex County College – Personalized Learning as Active Learning – Video
    • Self-regulated learning is key and placing the focus on the students and their ability to measure their own progress and think about what they are learning and how they are learning.
    • Each student gets instantaneous feedback.
    • Getting beyond virtualizing F2F into something more.
  • ASU Re-Thinking General Education Science for Non-Majors – Video
    • SmartSparrow is being used.
    • Discussion board was used more by the students to help each other. Instructors were also there dedicated to their students and helping them to work through the problems and concepts.
  • Empire State – Transitioning to Active Learning is Hard – Video

We are in the midst of an inflection point in higher education driven by mainstream adoption, different platform designs, and moving beyond the digitization of traditional classroom…

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