Kith and kin-based online learning

A Talk by Vanessa Scholes
Director, AkoLearn

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This talk outlines a radically innovative approach to teaching adults online. The context is adult learners who are studying online from home (no contact classes); however, the approach may be applicable for younger learners. The approach addresses a major problem for online home-based learning: time on task. Learners are required to nominate two kith or kin supporters for their learning, and the role of the teacher is re-visioned to guiding the kith and kin to support the online learner. Learners engage in some teaching of course concepts to their kith and kin supporters. The approach is rooted in values of reciprocity, courage, thoughtfulness and kindness, and rejects the conception of the learner as an independent individual. The talk will give examples of structure and activities that can be used in a kith and kin-based approach to teaching adults online.

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