Prof. dr. P. Robert-Jan Simons
Prof. dr. P. Robert-Jan Simons graduated in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam in 1973 and worked as a researcher in the universities of Amsterdam, Nijmegen and Tilburg. His PHD on the role of concrete analogies in learning took place at Tilburg University (1981). Since 2001 he has a part time chair at Utrecht University focusing on learning with ICT. Since 2010 he is director of the Netherlands School of Educational Management (NSO).
Learning is so much taken for granted, that we fail to realize that there are many different ways to conceptualize learning and that people differ in their approaches to learning. Yet, when we want people to learn effectively, it is important to have an explicit vision about what the utcomes of learning can be and how people differ in their ways of learning. What, then are these differences? Outcomes of learning refer to reproduction orientations on the one hand and meaning orientations on the other hand. The "language of learning” I developed with Manon Ruijters, distinguishes 7 ways of learning: perception, participation, knowledge acquisition, practicing, discovering, imagination and intuition. How are the what and how of learning related? What do these distinctions mean for e-learning? How do Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Flipping the classroom relate to all of this?
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