The constructivist learning theory, which refers to the idea that learners construct knowledge for themselves, can have a positive impact on online-learning environments when focusing on adult learners. Within this constructivist learning environment, we are able to create a place where learners can work together and support each other as they use a variety of tools and information resources in their pursuit of learning goals and problem-solving activities. This article presents information about constructivism as a learning theory, constructivist teaching, and the formation of a learning environment that promotes meaningful and authentic activities that help learners develop skills relevant to problem-solving as opposed to merely navigating a strictly instructional environment. While there are several ways to apply constructivism in the online classroom, here we explore five simple, easy-to-use constructivist-based teaching methods with real-classroom examples that include interactive learning, facilitative learning, authentic learning, learner-centered learning, and high-quality learning.
Miller-First, Michael S. and Ballard, Kristin L.
"Constructivist Teaching Patterns and Student Interactions,"
Internet Learning: Vol. 6
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.apus.edu/internetlearning/vol6/iss1/4
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