Sunday, August 3, 2008

Back to the Basics - Discussion Format and Inquiry-based Learning

I am reminded of an old colleague much senior my age whom I consider a guru and look up to me for advise.

He said, 25 years ago, there are two methods of learning that are fundamentals: Discussion based and Inquiry-based.

>> Discussion-based allows learner to have conversations sharing their thoughts on the subject. This is important so learners can apply ideas in their own context.

>> Inquiry-based allows learners to ask questions. It allows learners to follow what engage them.

Today, discussion and inquiry is what we hope
Wikis, Blogs, discussions, social learning, e-learning 2.0 allow learners to do.

But like 25 years ago, we still have the same problems: we stop learners to have discussions and
pursue inquiry.

Apparently, technology can only do so much.

Ray Jimenez, PhD

"Helping Learners Learn Their Way" "Helping Learners Apply Learning"