Practical applications of Constructivism in the online classroom

Last week we discussed the theory behind constructivist teaching, today we will explore how to apply constructivist principles to your online learning environment.

To recap: constructivism is a learning theory positing that prior knowledge is the foundation for building new ideas, as opposed to instructivist theory, which holds that students have a tabula rasa that must be populated with new ideas primarily through instruction. The key phrase in constructivist learning is “active learning” rather than “passive learning”.

Before we begin our exploration, let’s check a few guiding principles with regard to practical constructivist teaching techniques, that can be applied in a traditional classroom setting, and to some extent in a virtual one as well:

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