Learning Concept

For many years, in the academic world, most learning was classroom-based and institutionally supervised. Assessment has been based on written or oral examinations that test the recall of knowledge learned. However, written or oral examinations do little to access the ability to apply knowledge.

Many educationalists, such as Alan Tough, point out that traditional education of acquired programmed knowledge is no longer enough for problem solving or decision making unless supplemented with skills acquired as a result of work experience. In the practical world of work, the ability to perform is what that matters. The new qualification framework requires:

  • To put in place mechanisms for assessing competence that learners have initiated prior to entry into a program;

  • To affirm adults as learners; recognizing their competence regardless of its source;

  • To be more concerned with the new ways to learn;

  • To be less preoccupied with control and more concerned with supporting and guiding students in their learning pursuits.

  • To govern the award of degrees as the relationship of learning outcome to college equivalent learning.