Humanistic elements in education

Below is a recent thread about what makes a good online course. Click through to read the whole thing.

Main points the author hits include:

  • Measurement of progress

  • Collaborative learning and feedback

  • Proper use of technology (like breakout rooms)

But her first item was this:

This is the definition of humanistic learning theory. The learner should have their own goals and grades are irrelevant. Measuring their own learning is important.

This can be implemented by giving the same quiz at the beginning and end of the course, so students can measure learning in a firm way. Or it can be mushier – asking students to reflect on what they’ve learned is one way of doing this.

Jen Kramer @jen4web