Sunday, April 10, 2011

Comparing/Contrasting Students & Learners, Part I

For those of you familiar with my TEDx Talk, it will come as no surprise that the first exhibit in the Learning Museum involves the following video from the Council on 21st Century Learning (C21L). If we want to know what learning looks like, we need to identify some of its key characteristics. This Venn diagram might help us in identifying these characteristics as we consider what learners do compared to what students do in the video.
Here is the first in a series of three videos available from C21L that attempt to get at the differences between students and learners.

How are students and learners alike and how are they different? Here's some of the characteristic identified by teachers in training:

  • Both students and learners produce products;
  • Students seem extrinsically motivated (e.g. Grades); and
  • Learners seem intrinsically motivated.

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