"6 Questions to Promote Learner Agency" (post) outlines a heuristic for assessing whether a lesson, class, or pedagogy provides "student-driven, authentic learning experiences."
- "[M]ost [students] describ[e] ... the teacher as the sole source of information": even with "fun and engaging activities ... [a]ll the books or articles ... and all feedback and guidance [may be] provided by the teacher."
- "When we want a different outcome, we have to challenge our own process, assumptions, and actions as we work to create new norms and systems."
1. What Agency Is and Why It Matters
- "Agency is by definition the power to act."
- It allows "opportunities for learners to have choice and opportunities to drive their own learning process with shared goals and expectations ... to seek information and learn to learn."
- "It is critical that we are asking these questions [below] (and more) and helping learners understand that learning is a lifelong pursuit rather than something we do for a test or for the teacher."
2. Six General Questions for Instructors
- "Why are we doing it this way?"
- "Is this having the impact I was hoping for?"
- "Is there a better way?"
C. The Six Specific Questions for Students (or for Instructors to Consider the Student Perspective)
- "What do you know and what do you still need to know?"
- What resources -- i.e. books, articles, videos -- might help you learn more?"
- "How does this connect to what you already know?"
- "What are some creative ways to solve this problem?"
- "Who are experts you can learn from?"
- "How will you share what you are learning?"