Design of Learning

Four Foundations in the Design of Learning in RVSconstructivst

The design of learning at RVS is constructivist learning theory in action. Constructivism is the evolution of educational thinking that goes back as far as classical antiquity and the Socratic method and is built on the work of theorists like Jean Piaget and John Dewey, early in the last century. Constructivism is the realization supported by modern neuroscience and cognitive psychology, that learners construct knowledge by attaching information to their existing knowledge and experience. They do this through meaningful, real world, hands-on learning experiences.

A focus on developing metacognition is another key element of RVS learning design. Metacognition is simply the ability to think about your own thinking and learning. Students reflect on themselves as learners and develop learner profiles that outline their strengths, weaknesses, learning styles, and preferences. With that awareness, they are able to recognize not just when they are struggling, but why, and develop strategies to succeed.

Competency development is as important at RVS as achieving learner outcomes in the program of study. Learner competencies are the skills of a master learner and model citizen. We hone these skills throughout our lives, but by concentrating on their development consistently in designing learning experiences, RVS gives its students a head start.

Finally, RVS designs learning to be inclusive. In the same way we design school buildings so everyone can get in the door, inclusion means we design learning experiences in a way that allows students of all abilities, learning styles, and preferences to construct knowledge.

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