Monday, September 29, 2008

ED 400 - 9/29/08 - Constructivism

The tagline for Cal Poly SLO is "Learn by doing", Diana G. Oblinger notes in the article, Authentic Learning for the 21st Century: An overview, "Learning-by-doing is generally considered the most effective way to learn". As educators we need to design learning opportunites for our higher education students that allow for individuals to construct their own understanding of new information by guiding them in a practical setting. Teaching to the test where students memorize facts and equations will not engage students in personal experimentation of building on knowledge from the past to explore the knowledge of the future.