I have always wanted my students to be responsible in their learning process. In other words, I have always wanted them to own their learning process.
Biggs and Tang (2011) explained that allowing learners to own their learning process means to allow learners to engage with the process itself, which contributes on the effectiveness of the learning process.
Based on my practice-teaching experience, there are three STEPS in the process of empowering students to become owners in their learning process.
Step 1. Inform / Explain
Step 1 is done during the first class. When the teacher explained the assignments how the class will be managed, and the expectations of the teacher towards the students, the teacher will relate these items to the need to be responsible in their own learning.
Step 2. Practice
A gentle reminder, empowering students as owners does not happen within a snap of a finger.
Next step is to allow the students to practice what was preached during the first class. This gives them time to acclimatize to the role. There is no limit to the time duration as it depends on the type of students for your course. Practice can be channeled via assignment tasks.
For example, the students were asked to reflect via blog posting. In each of their reflection, they were told to write anything on the weekly learnt topics which they felt doubtful, or inspiring. Through this active thought writing, the students are engaged in their learning. This occurs when the students would be able to see clarity in their learning. Another suggested task assignment which provides a firm platform to learning ownership would be e-Portfolio.
Step 3. Sustain
In this final step, be ready with constructive compliments. Show the students how the activities done during the “practice” step assist their learning. These captured learning moment, in my opinion, need to be shown to the students. Consequently, the students would acknowledged that learning process. This step has to be done frequently, perhaps, weekly.
With these simple steps checked, the teacher would be able to create ownership amongst students’ learning.
On a similar note, I come across this article-The Architecture of Ownership by Adam Fletcher which wrote about the types of student ownership. Which one would you pick for your students? For my classroom situation, I choose students as planners and teachers.
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To my readers, do you have other steps to add in or share to develop learning ownership among the students? Do share by clicking the comments button.
Biggs, J., and Tang, C. (2011). Teaching for quality learning at university. Maidenhead, UK: McGraw-Hill and Open University Press.