About the Learning College
What is a learning college?
A learning college places learning first and provides educational experiences for learners any way, anywhere, anytime. Its mission is not instruction, but to produce learning with every student by whatever means work best. The college itself is a learner, continuously learning how to produce more learning with each entering student.
What is the purpose of a learning college?
The college’s purpose is not to transfer knowledge, but to create environments that bring students to discover and construct knowledge for themselves and to make students members of communities of learners that make discoveries and solve problems. (Robert B. Barr and John Tagg)
What are the key principles of a learning centered college?
Based on the work of Terry O’Banion, a learning college:
- creates substantive change in individual learners.
- engages learners as full partners in the learning process, assuming primary responsibility for their own choices.
- creates and offers as many options for learning as possible.
- assists learners to form and participate in collaborative learning activities.
- defines the roles of learning facilitators by the needs of the learners.
- succeeds only when improved and expanded learning can be documented for its learners.
- encourages all employees to identify their role in supporting learning at all levels.
What are some steps I can take to become part of the learning college?
- Encourage and facilitate enrollment
- Assess students’ needs
- Encourage attendance and participation
- Design meaningful learning experiences
- Learn about the college and its resources
- Provide technical assistance to all learners
- Provide content expertise to all learners
- Develop feedback mechanisms
- Arrange for work-based learning
- Arrange for service learning
- Nurture interpersonal relationships
- Create connection activities
- Guide, tutor, and coach
- Create standards and outcome measures
- Maintain an attractive and supportive environment