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Learner-Centered Techniques

Online learning provides a vast array of options for customizing learning to the needs of individual learners. Sometimes termed student-centered learning, learner-centered techniques focus on student interests, learning preferences or styles, and needs. This differs from traditional instructor-centered teaching styles, which are typically dominated by the instructor’s preferred teaching methods and content.

Online courses, webinars, collaborative spaces, social learning, and blended learning offer myriad opportunities to customize instruction. In the traditional classroom or training room, customization can range from difficult to impossible with large classes, but technology offers easy ways to determine what learners need to know and to provide that content in ways that work best for them.

Regardless of format, interactivity is essential to learner-centered education. The goal is active learning, in which learners assume ...

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