5 Components of an Optimal Learning Environment

A Positive Learning Environment
People learn best in a positive physical, emotional and social environment, one that is both relaxed and stimulating. A sense of wholeness, safety, interest and enjoyment is essential for optimizing human learning.

Total Learner Involvement
 People learn best when they are totally and actively involved and take full responsibility for their own learning. Learning is not a spectator sport but a participatory one. Knowledge is not something a learner passively absorbs but something a learner actively creates. Thus, A.L. tends to be more activity-based rather than materials-based or presentations-based.
Collaboration Among Learners
People generally learn best in an environment of collaboration. All good learning tends to be social whereas traditional learning emphasizes competition between isolated individuals, A.L. emphasizes collaboration between learners in a learning community.

Variety That Appeals To All Learning Styles
People learn best when they have a rich variety of learning options that allows them to use all their senses and exercise their preferred learning style. Rather than thinking of a learning program as a one-dish meal, A.L. thinks of it as a results-driven, learner-centered smorgasbord.

Contextual Learning
People learn best in context. Facts and skills learned in isolation are hard to absorb and quick to evaporate. The best learning comes from doing the work itself in a continual process of “real-world” immersion, feedback, reflection, evaluation and re-immersion.

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