Students or Learners?

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Can we “shift control”?

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Catching up on some reading, I came across this table in a post by David Warlick, distinguishing between learners and students. Interesting thoughts as he tries to get a handle on this dichotomy;

Students
Learners
Relationship with educators
Students are employees, required to obediently follow instructions.
Learners are citizens with a vested interest in the learning society.
Relationship with other “Students”
Students are competitors
Learners are collaborators
Motivation
Obligation: Students are culturally obliged to work for the teacher & for compensation (below)
Responsibility: Learners are motivated by an understood and realized “value” in their work, especially when it is valuable to others.
Compensation
Institution defined grades and gateways to college (another institution) and a good job (another institution)
A sense of ongoing accomplishment that is not delivered but earned, and not symbolic but tangible and valuable — an investment.
Mode of Operation
Compliant, group-disciplined, objective-oriented, and trainable
Persevering, self-disciplined, group- and goal-oriented, resourceful, and learning in order to achieve rather than achieving learning.
Why?
Compelled
Curious
Equipped
..with packaged knowledge and tools for recording packaged knowledge — prescribed and paced learning
..with tools for exploring a networked variety of content, experimenting with that content, and discovering, concluding, and constructing knowledge — invented learning
Assessment
Measuring what the student has learned.
Measuring what the learner can do with what has been learned.
via davidwarlick.com (2¢ Worth)

Regardless of the word we use, how do you view the students/learners in your situation? How we view learners is reflected in our actions as educators.

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