Consistent Learning Path

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      Course Participant

      Define the phrase ‘consistent learning path’. What do you think this phrase means and how do you think it applies to an online learning community?

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      Elizabeth Connallon

      I think the phrase consistent learning path refers to the journey the learner takes upon starting a new course. The path is the overall goal of the course and the “bricks” of the path are the objectives within each lesson that help to accomplish the goal. In some ways the online learning path might be easier to keep consistent as it is set up in advance. The path would have to be mapped out before the course even begins. The consistent in the phrase “consistent learning path” would probably be the most important piece for our learners. Each “brick” within the path would have to be similar so the learner would know what to expect. The “why” is clear within the learning path so the learner knows how this particular activity fits into the goal for the course.

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      Cristina Cabrera

      Consistent Learning Path is about developing a learning structure with a consistent pattern that can be replicated and applied in a repetitive or iterative manner. The Consistent Learning Path adopted by the Mockingbird pedagogy is linear and repetitive: sprint, check point, discussion, assignment. Western culture, Western thinking patterns, intellectual analytical processes, brain and learning development, are highly based on linear thinking, goals and outcomes established by Western institutions and the status quo. My question is: how does this linear approach to the learning process connect to the circular culture of our adult migrant and immigrant learners?

      If a linear structure is not embedded and accountable to the greater context of a circular and critical pedagogy, it can easily develop and promote linear mechanical thinking and learning patterns. Linear repetitive formulas are also prone to be implemented in an automated manner without the circular context. They can also easily be used as a vehicle for replicating the Western education “banking system” where information and educational material is “deposited” in the brains of learners for later regurgitation during checkpoints, assignments and standardized exams.

      Education is not neutral: it either supports the status quo or it actively and intentionally works to undo the status quo.

      Education also needs to be learner-centered* based on learner’s life experiences – whether that be experiences of migration, parenthood, sportsmanship, community leadership etc. A sample question to think about: How can an educator support the transfer and further development of skills achieved in the soccer field to the classroom and to learning a language? Skills of strategic thinking and planning, conceptualizing and summarizing, identifying (field technique) patterns, tackling obstacles and opponents, perseverance and endurance and more.

      Here is a brief clip for starting a linear vs. circular thinking discussion:

      *Not to be confused with learner-centered and critical thinking concepts as defined by the status quo and Western culture.

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