Friday, September 11, 2009

Modern Learning Spaces

The advent of technology has generated new learning spaces additional to the traditional classroom. These spaces are dynamic and interactive and foster a variety of learning styles and strategies. Nowadays students can connect with the world at the “drop of a hat” and the classroom setting cannot limit this possibility. It has to support students in developing criteria to optimize their communication abilities. Additionally, the learning that takes place in those spaces is asynchronous and not static as in the classroom.

Another conclusion is that teachers have to shift their roles and be open minded so as to cope with the demands that the new learning spaces imply. In modern spaces students’ participation is vital and teachers have to create the opportunities for reflection, interaction and continuous exchange of information. This assertions align with the words of Reynard (2009) , “As educators, we don't want to focus on developing test takers and rote repeaters of information; we aim to develop individuals who can think for themselves”

In sum, modern spaces represent a challenge for teachers and students since they require changing roles in traditional ways of thinking as well as teaching and learning practices.


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