Today I attended the Future in Education seminar, The BYU -Idaho Learning Model moderated by Steve Hargadon with special guest Kelly Bugener and Dr. Fenton L. Broadhead. This is a University that has its base in the Mormon Church. The University is open to everyone. They operate on five principles which all faith-base. They believe in Christ as the foundation which enhances learning.
The BYU -Idaho Learning Model has three processing steps.
1) Come to class prepared
2) Teach one another
3) Ponder and prove
The students are required to come prepared to teach. They do must do research on the subject matter before coming to class. Then they share with each other under the guidance of the instructor. After which the students analyze the solutions to see if it was the best solutions based on everyone’s input. Based on the principles and process of learning BYU said they have experienced much success.
Students come prepared because they are bring things to their liking or their style. Because of this they are engaged and are able to contribute intelligently, as opposed to the teacher doing the entire lecture.