Adaptive Learning Envronments

We are fortunate to have some great contributors to the Best Practices blog so I am going to quote one, Steve Friedland, here:

“One area where the horse already has left the barn involves learning environments.  In the 20th Century, the environment was entirely linear:  teachers taught, students learned, students studied in the library and then returned to class to learn some more.  In the 21st Century, that linearity has disappeared and a multidimensional set of environments has taken its place.  Learning is not so much a function of place anymore.  Students learn on the go — have laptop or Ipod, will travel.  Law school should adapt to the portability of learning in the 21st Century, encouraging TWEN, CALI, laptops and Ipod learning — because while these adaptive environments may be uncomfortable for us 20th Century dinosaurs, 21st Century students learn in this fashion.”

I can’t wait to hear how his experiment with interactive outlining turned out.

Here are several examples of adaptive 21st learning environments used at Albany Law:

  • In two of his courses, a professor is having students use their laptops during class to individually post responses relevant to what is being discussed.  He then projects on a large screen to the whole class selected student responses.
  • In another class, a professor digitally recorded the class and posted it after class so that students did not have to take notes during class and could follow along with the textbook and listen to the professor explain a difficult concept.  On a TWEN poll when asked:  ”Does it help to have the class recorded?” 21 out of 40 responded: Yes – I don’t worry about taking notes & can listen to it later and only 4 responded: No – I won’t help me because I wouldn’t listen to it.

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  • In an externship course, a professor is using TWEN’s discussion forum to have student reflect on their experiences each week and comment on each other’s as well as having the student use the TWEN assignment drop box to submit weekly journal entries.
  • The clinic faculty plans to record their students’ practice interviews and use MediaNotes software to annotate the videos with comments/critques and then post them to CALI for students to download to their own laptops.
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