Guest Post on LRNGO

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We met David Brake, the founder of Houston-Based LRNGO, when he attended our workshop at SXSW Interactive 2015. LRNGO is an exciting platform that allows learners of any age and skill range to take classes led by experts and peers through 1:1 video chat. Below is an excerpt from our guest blog post. Click here to read the whole thing!

Howard Gardner’s Theory

Multiple Intelligences +

3 Related Tips for Online

Learning

Many learning scenarios follow a typical pattern: teacher gives information, learner gets information, teacher tests information, repeat. In fact, the term “pedagogy,” commonly known as teaching techniques and principles, originates from the Greek paid (child) and agogus (leader of.) [1]

However, many teachers today also know that this dispensary style of teaching and learning doesn’t work for everyone, and many classrooms (traditional or nontraditional) offer opportunities for students to learn actively and apply new material and skills rather than passively receiving information. Many of those teachers and learners have found themselves at home on LRNGO.

Yet online educators must keep in mind that, above all else, teaching is a profession dealing with people: that is, individuals who who have different strengths and challenges. And as our society becomes more inclusive of various manifestations of diversity, teachers must honor and prepare for learning diversity online as well. Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor of Education at Harvard University, developed a theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. This theory still serves as a touchstone today for any teacher wanting to embrace learning diversity, and any learner seeking autonomy in the learning process…

[1] International Women Online Journal of Distance Educationhttp://www.wojde.org/FileUpload/bs295854/File/04_22.pdf

Find the rest of the post here.

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