Inductive learning in LAMS

Inductive learning is essentially a reversal of the standard deductive learning. So instead of presenting theory or rules that explains a concept, inductive learning flips it around by providing students with examples that students use to create generalisations and hypothesis to figure out the theory and rules.

Induction learning
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One can say that there are a number of teaching strategies based on inductive learning. Some examples can be: inquiry learning, problem-based learning, project-based learning, case-based teaching, team-based learning, discovery learning and just-in-time teaching -all of which are supported in LAMS. These methods have many features in common, besides the fact that they all qualify as inductive. They are all learner- centred, meaning that they impose more responsibility on students for their own learning than the traditional lecture-based deductive approach does.

However, at times you might not want to use a full PBL or CBL learning design, but just a simple and concrete inductive exercise to run in a blended or online environment with your student.

Take a look at this example by Jennifer Gonzalez at Cult of Pedagogy:

In this example the steps are quite simple

Animal Classification Lesson

Let’s look at the learning design example in LAMS

Inductive learning in LAMS

Outline of Activities:

Afterwards, we suggest teachers (as facilitators) have a discussion with all teams where they review each teams’ classification criteria as well as their feedback.

Preview this learning design as a student lesson:

Begin lesson

For a step by step run of the learning design or to download it and adapt it to your own teaching, take a look at this card:

Alternative learning design

Now, additionally, if you believe after the initial classification presented by each student group, students are still not close to the classifications you want them to have, then this learning design adds a second classification using the LAMS’ mindmap tool.

Animal classification with a second attempt

Outline of Activities:

Same as the previous activities, but now we add a four activity: Mindmap.

4. A new way for the students to brainstorm student classification.

Preview this learning design as a student lesson:

Begin lesson

For a step by step run of the learning design or to download it and adapt it to your own teaching, take a look at this card:

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Chelsea Bullock

I’m a Communication Manager and Outreach Officer at LAMS (Learning Designer App).