Documentation:Course Design Intensive/Facilitators Guidebook/Case Studies

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Learner Centered Teaching

If you haven't already read Weimer's brief article, 5 Characteristics of Learner-Centred Teaching, please read it now:

Case Studies

Please read all 4 case studies designed to help you think about these 5 characteristics of learner centred teaching.


We are expecting your posts (as a group) to contribute to 4 discussions which we will debrief together on Day 1. There is a discussion thread started for each of the case studies.

Each individual should post twice. For the first post please:

  • Consider one of the case studies. What characteristics of learner-centered teaching are highlighted in this example? Post a response.


  • How does it engage students in the hard, messy work of learning?
  • In what ways is explicit skill instruction included?
  • What opportunities do students have to reflect on what they are learning and how they are learning it?
  • How does it tap into student motivation by giving them some control over the learning processes?
  • How does it encourage collaboration? ;

For your second post, please:

  • Choose one of the case studies (this second post can be on the same or a different case study). What would you change/adapt to make it more learner-centered, and why?

Please be sure you post these in the relevant discussion thread (posts should be organized according to the relevant case study), using the instructions below.

Instructions to post on the Wiki

  • You will be posting to the Discussion page associated with this wiki page.
  • To see the discussion tab, you must log-in to the wiki using your CWL ('login' button at top left of page)
  • Locate the "documentation" and "discussion" tabs at the top of this page. (You will only see the "discussion" tab once you are logged in. If you cannot see it, then you must log-in)
  • Find the thread for the discussion you want to post to (each thread is specific to one of the case studies).
  • Post your responses and remember to "save" each time!
  • To return to these instructions again, use the "documentation" tab (you can flip between documentation and discussion to read and post).