Use a learning-centered teaching approach to transition to online teaching

By Phyllis Blumberg, PhD

Learning-centered teaching is an evidence-based approach to teaching to foster deep and lasting learning. Learning-centered teaching has been around for over two decades. It is not an educational fad, rather is a well-researched, evidenced-based best practice.


While it is a best practice, it is not a single teaching technique, but rather an approach to teaching that uses various teaching techniques. Faculty members can incrementally become learning-centered teachers. Different phrases are used to describe this approach including learner-centered and student –centered. I prefer learning-centered because it places the focus on what is happening- the learning. I have noted that faculty often dislike student-centered learning because it implies a consumer approach or empowers students to expect the teacher to cater to them.

Using a learning-centered teaching approach prepares faculty members to transition to online teaching easier than instructor- centered or traditional teaching.

Using a learning-centered teaching approach prepares faculty members to transition to online teaching easier than instructor-centered or traditional teaching. I am now offering hybrid (facilitated) and fully online (self-paced) faculty on-boarding workshops as part of ATTECS faculty development series.






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