What is “Heutagogy”?
The foundation of my educational philosophy (and therefore the basis of my instructional design decisions for this course) is “Heutagogy”. Simply stated, it means that adults learn best when they have a lot of control over what they learn and how they learn it. In addition, heutagogy asserts that the assessment of adult learning should focus on what the learner believes she/he has learned and on the various ways that learning has impacted, or will impact her/his values, ideals, and behavior.
Your role in the course…
All assignments in this course are designed to permit you as much flexibility as possible in determining the style and content of your participation. As long as you comply with the course rules and policies, you can expect to be successful.
· selects a topic from each chapter that she/he wants to focus on
· asks a discussion question – requiring critical thinking skills to answer – from each chapter
· facilitates the ensuing discussion.
· Selects a minimum of three additional student-led discussion threads to engage in
· searches for and selects a discipline and content-relevant website to review
· submits the review to the class for discussion
· facilitates the ensuing discussion
· selects a minimum of three additional website reviews to discuss
In short – each learner sets her/his own content-specific learning objectives. This is the essence of a heutagogical design.
My role in the course…
The written assignments and discussion posts that you submit in this class are not for my benefit – they are for the benefit of you and the other students in the class. All of the course rules, policies, and requirements are designed to maximize the teaching / learning value of your coursework.
My role in the course begins with the instructional design process – to create a sequence of learning activities that:
- engages each learner in a meaningful way with the course content and the other learners in the class.
- requires each learner to also be a teacher – to add quality learning opportunities for the other students to benefit from.
- allows maximum freedom for self-direction – so that each learner has the responsibility to forge her/his own learning path.
The extent to which I am successful in achieving these three goals is the measure of my success in this course.