Flexible Learning Environments

Pedagogy, Scholarship

Meeting Learners Where They Are

Lifelong learning. On-demand learning. Need-to-know learning. Often these terms mean preparing a course of study through an online platform where the curricular materials can be engaged no matter the physical location of the learner. But it doesn’t always work that way in theory. The digital divide creates disparity in terms of technological device and streaming internet. The allure of learning on the train is lost to the reality of carving out time late at night. What flexible aspects of these environments are our students using, and how do they align with our emergent pedagogies?

We are developing research with George Veletsianos for an ethnographic study of how flexible learning environments are engaged by students. Our initial work was one of the 10 Top Articles for 2017 in Educause Review.

Initial Research