Learning versus Teaching
Learning is the transformation of experience into knowledge. Teaching, on the other hand, is a very different thing.
Teaching, if done correctly, is any approach that helps to enhance learning. Many learning professionals know the difference between teacher-centered and learner-centered approaches. Yet it is easy to fall in the trap of designing courses that are mostly teacher-centered.
In a learning versus teaching scenario, how can we make teaching more learner-centered? Answer: Provide multi-faceted and rich experiences.
Reading, writing, eLearning, projects, team-based problem-solving, meaningful conversations, on location tours, videos, interviewing subject matter experts, classroom activities, presentations, concept maps, reflection, research, practicums, and on-the-job assignments are just some of hundreds of ways to provide learners a multi-faceted experience base.
In contrast, a teacher-centered approach would have one or two facets (e.g., classroom lecture and PowerPoint presentations). In this situation, the focus is on the teacher rather than on the learner.
Multi-faceted experiences will produce more memory traces and a more complex network of these traces. Learning is enhanced when a variety of experiences are transformed into knowledge.