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Seminar 3: What is Student-Centred Learning and How to Implement It

“What is Student – Centered Learning and How to Implement It”
by: Professor Dr. Alam Sher Malik
Faculty of Medicine
DATE: 30 October, 2012 (Tuesday)
TIME: 3-4pm
VENUE: Lecture Room 5, Third Floor, QIUP, Plaza Teh Teng Seng


Student-centered learning (SCL) shifts the focus from teaching to learning and from teacher to student. It has also been described as flexible learning, experiential learning, active learning and self-guided learning. Harden et al. in their SPICES model of Educational Strategies in Curriculum Development remark “In a student-centered approach to the curriculum, the students have to take more responsibility for their own learning. The emphasis is on the students and on what and how they learn. In contrast, in a teacher-centered approach, the emphasis is on teachers and on what they teach”. “Student-centered teaching methods include active learning in which students solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate or brainstorm during class; cooperative learning in which the students work in teams on problems and projects under conditions that assure both positive interdependence and individual accountability; and inductive teaching and learning in which students are first presented with challenges (questions or problems) and learn the course material in the contexts of addressing these challenges. Inductive methods include inquiry-based learning, case-based instructions, problem-based learning, project-based learning, discovery learning and just-in-time teaching”. This presentation will focus on twelve tips for successful implementation of SCL.

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