Learning in an investigative context

Learning in an investigative context may provide Net Generation students with the most satisfactory and effective learning experiences. Elements essential to this experience would include group-work, collaboration and co-operation with others and just-in-time learning.

With modern technology available to provide access to content, online tutoring and peer support there is no reason why many university courses could not be delivered in a project-based manner.

Central to such a model would be the student working, investigating, discovering, evaluating, creating and learning within a supportive group and community context.

Any project-based approach would benefit from having related online community websites available for participants to engage with each other and with tutors.

A project-based approach to working also mirrors what happens in the world of work. Individuals communicate, collaborate and co-operate to achieve the necessary outcomes or common goals. The power of the group and other support facilities can be brought to bear through project work to provide the best learning opportunities for individuals.

There is also no reason why many project-based courses should not be undertaken completely through electronic means which opens up opportunities for course participation in a global context.

A less prescriptive curriculum which emphasises learning how to learn in and for the 21st century goes hand in hand with such an approach.

Project-based courses would also encourage the development of a range of different formative and summative assessment instruments.

Comments are most welcome.