Session Plan – Approaches to Learning

Session Purpose

We all learn in different ways. The challenge for teachers today is to vary the ways we present courses and to mix different modes and style to best meet the needs of our students. If we have this in mind we can provide an enriching learning experience and maximise oucomes for our learners. .
In this session we'll explore the diversity of learning styles, needs and preferences, and how technology can assist us to mix modes of delivery to meet learners needs.
By analysing the course requirements in light of our learners and the context in which we operate we can design effective programs.

Adobe Connect recording - 28/04/2010 - 1400-1500
Presentation slides - Approaches to learning (ppt)
Who are our learners?
What is the context in which you operate?
How do we offer choice and meet the needs of our learners within this context?
What does an authentic project/task look like?

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to design a program
of activities, resources and assessment tasks that will best meet the needs of diverse learners and use a suite of technologies to maximise choice and opportunity.

5 min
Audio check etc
5 min
Introductions and overview of the session
Play Video 1 Absent Profesor for intro
See power point
10 min
Who are your learners? What do they bring to your courses?
  • they bring strengths and interests
  • they bring existing skills and knowledge
  • they bring barriers and negative learning experiences
  • they lead busy lives as workers, parents, carers, community members
Key questions:
  • Is there such a thing as a typical student?
  • Why do people choose TAFE?
  • What strengths and positive attributes do your learners bring?
  • What barriers and issues do your learners face?
10 min
What is the context (environment) in which you operate?
How does this restrict you or provide opportunities?
Key questions:
  • What policy demands and restrictions exist?
  • Does your Training Package impose limitations?
  • Are there time and timetabling limitations?
  • What are the available resources and infrastructure?
  • What technologies are available for use?
10 min
Authentic Learning Experiences provide opportunity for
  • Knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Evaluation
in a real life meaningful and relevant way.
Key concepts to cover:
  • competency standards need to be massaged into authentic projects and activities
  • we can cater for a diversity of learners by allowing choice and by designing opportunities for relevant, authentic projects and engagement
  • make use of learners strengths and interests
  • offer various ways, times, media for learners to engage

Trigger: Blooms taxonomy/ Elements of Authentic learning
10 min
Scenario activity - pick one to discuss
Remind participants to select one scenario for reflection/comment in forum
Scenario 1:
Jane is a single mother with two children. She left school early and struggled with reading/writing tasks.
She needs to work during the day and of an evening, after putting the children to bed, she only has a couple of hours to devote to further study.
She is keen to get involved in Family Daycare and has enrolled in Certificate 2 in Children's Studies.
After meeting Jane and thinking about her situation, what learning approaches would best suit her needs?
10 min
Introduce analysis phase template


Diigo readings - 'learningapproaches' tag
Learning design YouTube channel - Video - Is learning design an engineering process? Absent minded professor


Brainstorming and reflection
Scenario activity in PiE Moodle