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Resources to help you design a great Moodle course
There is an increasing trend towards a more constructivist approach to learning and teaching. A more traditionalist approach assumes that the teacher knows everything and that students have to be highly dependent on the teacher. Constructivism, however, challenges this traditional notion and encourages discovery learning, co-creation of knowledge and problem-solving, often involving collaboration. The experiences of the learners contribute towards knowledge construction and there is greater emphasis on learner-centred learning approaches in the classroom.
The EdOnline website explains the concept of constructivism really well and reminds us that learning in a constructivist classroom is constructed, active, reflective, collaborative, inquiry-based and evolving. For more information on the concept of constructivism, visit the EdOnline page Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning.
In many ways, using Moodle in your teaching can facilitate a more constructivist approach in your classroom.