Monday, July 10, 2006

Defining groups

Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are very much on our minds here at the moment. This weekend, amidst the summer barbecues and World Cup parties ("Allez les Azzurri!") I found myself reflecting on the following things and the extent to which we concentrate on, facilitate or assess each with the adult learner :

working in a group

studying in a group

learning in a group

It feels as though we know a lot more about the first two. Much of the activities face-to-face and online are instances either of people working through set problems or helping themselves and each other prepare for an exam or an assignment. Learning in a group, on the other hand, requires an extra dimension. Reflection? Insight? Self-awareness?

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