What does teaching for meaningful learning mean?

This paper teaching for meaningful learning provides a rich review of the different strategies and methods of teaching and learning to achieve meaningful learning.

Complex projects and activities which challenge learners to engage in active authentic learning – based on authentic pedagogy and likely a constructivist and or connectivist learning approach provides opportunities for learners to sensemake (Siemens, 2012) and learn how to solve real life problems.

Besides, the meaningful learning prepares learners to keep abreast of the changing knowledge ecology and learning landscape, which is often required both in the business world and personal knowledge development.  This aligns well with the connectivist principles where learning needs to stay current:

  • Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.

Decision-making itself is a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision (Siemens, 2005, para. 24).

This also relates to the Connectivist learning by Stephen Downes.

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