Reflective Statement: RLO (Reusable Learning Objects) are essentially electronic lessons with built in practice activities, that can be used by different students without any changes being made to the original. There are very much like self paced modules in terms of eLearning, in that the instructor sets them up once, and students may work through them at a pace that is comfortable for them. They offer interesting teaching opportunities, and I can see the potential for my own courses. RLOs may address the need for direct instruction on certain topics. I am definitely interested in further exploration. The reusable learning object we explored allowed us to assess whether we were learner centered or teacher centered in our beliefs about instruction.
Langan, T. (n.d.). Assessment: Teacher-centered or Learner-centered? WISC - Online. Retrieved March 09, 2014, from http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/ViewObject.aspx?ID=AMT103
"Users complete a self-inventory to determine if their approach to assessment is teacher-centered or learner-centered."
I am very much learner centered in my beliefs about instruction. Learning and assessment should be about taking the learner from where they are, and bringing them to a new level of understanding, but this cannot happen in a vacuum. Students must also be a part of the process so that they better understand themselves as learners. With learner-centered instruction, it is important to treat each learner as an individual, not as part of a pack. The learner-centered approach asks instructors to step aside as the sage, and assume the role of a guide. This is very much the role of a librarian in the first place. We are here to help you find the answers, not just today, but in the future. As much knowledge as I may have to impart on a student, direct instruction is not always the best way to deliver it. Working together with the student to help them understand the research process, and guide them on their own path of inquiry is the most important part of my job. Although direct instruction is sometimes necessary, it is not the only way that students learn the content and skills that they are interacting with. Deeper learning occurs when they are the driving force behind their own learning, and no matter how much drill and practice they partake in, the “knowledge” will leave them soon after the test has been taken.