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What is Learning Contracts

Care and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Online Settings
Recognizing that adults learn best when directly involved in their learning, Learning Contracts establish a mechanism for the adult learner to take ownership and responsibility for what and how they will learn. While these Learning Contracts can take many forms, they often include the opportunity for the adult learner to select the type of assignments they wish to do in the course; thus, they can choose the most meaningful learning activities for themselves.
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Equitable Means Accessible: Using Universal Design for Learning and Student Development Theory to Inform Online Pedagogy
Kathryn R. Green (Michigan State University, USA) and Steven Tolman (Georgia Southern University, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7802-4.ch007
The continued growth of online learning provides more educational opportunities to a diversity of people than ever before. In fact, Smith and Basham report that K-12 students with disabilities are opting for online learning environments at remarkably high rates, a trend unlikely to diminish as those students matriculate into postsecondary education. However, growth of educational practice is not always part and parcel of the growth of educational opportunity; too often, the latent shortcomings of traditional classrooms and teaching practices are heightened in non-traditional, virtual spaces. This chapter examines current models informing accessibility in education and explores the creative application of emerging pedagogical research and practices that support inclusive and accessible instruction across an increasingly diverse learner base.
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Challenges for E-Learning and Adult Students in Higher Education
Are agreements negotiated between a learner and a teacher stating that certain activities will be undertaken to achieve particular learning goals and that specific evidence will be produced to demonstrate that the goals have been reached. This agreement is a mechanism for reassuring both parties involved about whether a piece of work will meet the requirements of a certain course or module. It is based on the idea that learners are active partners in all the learning and teaching process.
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Differentiated Instruction and Technology
Learning contracts guide the student through the independent study of a specific topic. The foundation of the learning contract is the student’s strengths, needs, and interests. It clarifies the student’s responsibilities to learn the standards, the process, the timeframe, and how learning will be demonstrated (Hipky, 2006b AU1: The in-text citation "Hipky, 2006b" is not in the reference list. Please correct the citation, add the reference to the list, or delete the citation. ).
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English Teaching and Andragogy in Transitioning Students from Secondary to Higher Education in China
Agreements between learner and teacher are used to foster ownership and involvement of the learning process with the intent of creating active participants of learning ( Knowles, (1986) .
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Developing Instructional Methods
Written contracts used with independent instruction to help students set goals and determine if their goals are met.
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Differentiation for Today's Gifted Learners
An agreement between a student and an instructor that indicates what the instructor will teach and what the student will learn, and how they will showcase this learning.
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