Learners in a Changing Learning Landscape: Reflections from an Instructional Design Perspective

Jeroen G. van Merriënboer, Slavi Stoyanov

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    Both learners and teachers find themselves in a learning landscape that is rapidly changing, along with fast societal and technological developments. This paper discusses the new learning landscape from an instructional design perspective. First, with regard to what is learned, people more than ever need flexible problem-solving and reasoning skills allowing them to deal with new, unfamiliar problem situations in their professional and everyday life. Second, with regard to the context in which learning takes place, learning in technology-rich, informal and professional 24/7 settings is becoming general practice. And third, with regard to the learners themselves, they can more often be characterized as lifelong learners who are mature, bring relevant prior knowledge, and have very heterogeneous expectations and perceptions of learning. High-quality instructional design research should focus on the question which instructional methods and media-method combinations are effective, efficient and appealing in this new learning landscape. Some innovative instructional methods that meet this requirement are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLearners in a Changing Learning Landscape
    Subtitle of host publicationReflections from a Dialogue on New Roles and Expectations
    EditorsJan Visser, Muriel Visser-Valfrey
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    PublisherSpringer Netherlands
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781402082993
    ISBN (Print)9781402082986
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    SeriesLifelong Learning Book Series


    • Instructional design
    • problem-solving skills
    • reasoning skills
    • lifelong learning


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