The Little Red Schoolhouse: An Old Model for a New Age

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DevLearn 2013 Conference & Expo - October 24, 2013

Dawn Clineman

Associate Director of Distance Learning
University of Cincinnati

Carolyn Stoll

Instructional Designer
University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati, trying to find practical ways to help faculty create a student-centered online learning experience, found an image of a little red schoolhouse. This catapulted them into a conversation around how earlier teachers managed to teach so many ages and abilities in one room all at the same time. “Little red schoolhouse” evokes images of a small, one-room school in a rural area, where a single teacher teaches children of all ages. But here are some other words you can use to think of that one-room school—interaction, facilitated learning, individualized instruction, and independent learners.

Participants in this fun, interactive session will hear how you can adapt the methods employed by one?room schoolteachers to the use of technology to meet the needs of modern online learners. Using the lens of the little red schoolhouse, you’ll discuss the critical success factors for online teaching and share specific technology strategies for implementing those factors.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How the teaching methods of the little red school house are also suited to today’s online learner
  • Methods for fostering student-to-student, student-to-content, and student-to-instructor interaction
  • How to shift the role of the instructor from the center of the classroom to that of a facilitator
  • How to individualize instruction

Intermediate designers, developers, and teachers. Knowledge of the following would make this session most useful for participants: instructional design content development, andragogy vs. pedagogy, and current and emerging instructional technology, particularly as it pertains to blended learning in higher education. 

Technology discussed in this session:
Wikis, interactive learning objects, self-paced modules, discussion boards, synchronous web meetings, and adaptive learning software to demonstrate how to recreate the principles and concepts of the little red schoolhouse in the digital age. 

Student technology needs:


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