Dr. Maryellen Weimer: Making the Case for Learner-Centered Teaching

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In this article from 2011, Dr. Maryellen Weimer revisits her call for “Changing the Way We Teach: Making the case for Learner-centered Teaching“. Professor Weimer encourages us to redirect our efforts toward the learning experiences of students. Professor Weimer argues, and I agree, to having students actively “doing more of the learning tasks themselves”. This means that:

  • Students will understand more of what they are learning.
  • Students will retain what they learn longer.
  • Students will learn more than just the content.
  • Chances are good students will be changed by what they learn.
  • Students will love learning more.

I moved to a learner-centered teaching model in my online course on the Geography of Wisconsin. My experience has shown that students are more actively engaged in their work using the learner-centered teaching model. Ceding some control over what they are learning gives students ownership that often translates into them doing more than what is required for of an assignment.  Read Professor Weimer’s post “Changing the Way We Teach: Making the case for Learner-centered Teaching” for more about learner-centered teaching. I highly recommend her book Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice.

About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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