By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog
So, the criticism is one of those backhanded compliments. The teacher is making students figure out things for themselves. They are doing the hard, messy work of learning. This is a style of teaching that promotes learning, but that’s not how students see it. Based on experiences in lots of other classrooms, they have come to believe that “good” teachers tell students what they need to know. If a teacher makes the students come up with examples when she has a perfectly good list she could be giving them, that teacher is not doing her job
Terrific article. Maryellen Weiner brings great perspective to a problem all online instructors must resolve. How do we move our students from dependency on getting the ‘right’ answers from the teacher, to self-directed learners willing to put in the effort to think and learn.