Monday, January 30, 2006

Comfort zones

If we are serious about acknowledging prior learing and experience in setting up an online learing environment (or what I call a Interactive Learning Space - "ILS"?) then surely we should find out what the learners' commmunication comfort zone is - which media and modes do they use 'without thinking' and which are a painful chore, and how can we lure them from their comfort zone into participating in an academic conversation?

And one which doesnt bore them to tears?

Roy

3 Comments:

At 12:24 pm , Anonymous Gordon Early said...

Acknowledging prior learning and experience of online learning students does not mean that we should use only those facilities that the student is familiar with. After all, the student has chosen to undertake some online course and implit in this is that they will use the learning environment within which that course is offered.

Of course the learning environment may have witihn it several modes of communication so for facilitator to student communication any of these may be chosen but if there is to be student to student communication as well then one, or perhaps two, modes of communication must be chosen for such communication and that choice is most sensibly carried out by the facilitator.

Of course, from time to time students break into groups and each group may choose its own method of communication.

 
At 8:22 pm , Blogger George Allan said...

I'm not sure one can find out what a learner's confor zone is. You can know when a learner is in their comfort zone and you can know when they are outside their comfort zone. I think the secret of good facilitation (of learning) is to get the learner on the edge and just over the edge of their comfort zone. If the learner is too far outside their comfort zone they may well panic, feel overwelmed or just so far away from the material that they will not learn: similarly if they are deep within their comfort zone there is nothing new to learn.

George

 
At 8:23 pm , Blogger George Allan said...

I'm not sure one can find out what a learner's confor zone is. You can know when a learner is in their comfort zone and you can know when they are outside their comfort zone. I think the secret of good facilitation (of learning) is to get the learner on the edge and just over the edge of their comfort zone. If the learner is too far outside their comfort zone they may well panic, feel overwelmed or just so far away from the material that they will not learn: similarly if they are deep within their comfort zone there is nothing new to learn.

George

 

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