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The move to student-centered learning

Published: 2010-04-09

For centuries, most education focused on the instructor-led course paradigm, which features the instructor as the imparter of knowledge. However, as more students embrace technology and online learning, the concept of building student-generated content assignments into the learning process is being adopted more broadly, which allows instructors to also become facilitators of knowledge.

Student-generated content is a strategy by which students produce their own learning materials as a way to explore and master content.

Student-generated content can include a journal article, blog post, video documentary, or a team-produced online Wiki that extensively covers the content of the course.

Studies have proven that when students are asked to create content that covers the material they are charged with mastering, they are more fully engaged in the content and make lasting connections to the material and concepts.

To learn more, navigate to the Sloan Center article explaining student-generated content.

Jason Mock, an instructional designer at the University of Illinois, presented on student-generated content to the Exploring Learning Technologies group here at Ohio State last November. In his presentation, Jason discussed the lasting value of student-generated content and the best models for supporting it. For more information, Jason's presentation can be viewed online.

If you would like to explore integrating student-generated content or other instructional design components into your online or face-to-face class, please contact the ITS Helpdesk.