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Learning Models: The New Classroom Law

ET Cases, 5 pages
AUTHOR(S) : Vandana Jayakumar and Dr. Nagendra V. Chowdary

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Learning Models: The New Classroom Law


Expected Learning Outcomes

• Analyzing the various learning models and critically evaluating their pros and cons
• Understanding and discussing the new classroom LAW



The Learning Models

1. What has been your most favorite subject so far?

a) What factors have contributed to your overzealous interest in that subject?
b) Were you motivated largely by the expected benefits of learning, the process of learning, the fear of punishment of not learning the same, the love of knowing or any other factor?
c) Has the learning in your favorite subject been self-learning or guided-learning?
d) Did you want to share the knowledge that you gained in your most loved subject with others?

2. Using the following matrix (Exhibit I), reflect on your learning journey for some of the subjects.

a) Can you recall an example for each one of the four learning experiences indicated in the matrix?
b) Of the four learning experiences, which one was the most happy learning experience/memory?



The New Classroom LAW

1. There is a concept of zoning in and zoning out in a classroom setting. It is reported that “Especially with dense subject matter, humans can pay attention for 10 to 15 minutes before they zone out. You zone back in for eight or nine minutes, then you zone out again. The zoning in gets shorter; the zoning out gets longer.” How do you think the classroom settings and the learning contexts can be reorganized to reduce zoning out?

2. ....................


Exhibit I:The Learning Experience

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Learning Models: The New Classroom Law



This case flyer is suitable for teaching the concept of learning in Organizational Behavior course. Discussing about the changing ways of learning in recent times, the case flyer discusses various individual learning experiences. It deliberates on the four learning models – passive to active learning, peer-to-peer learning, researcher-teacher & learning and life-long learning – outlined in the accompanying article. The case flyer effectively discusses the concept of individual learning both in the classroom setting and in the organizational context. Deliberating on an important aspect of learning i.e., the attention span of an individual during a learning exercise, the case flyer deeply explains the new classroom methodology – LAW – Listening, Asking and Watching, as an effective classroom learning model.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • • Analyzing the various learning models and critically evaluating their pros and cons
  • • Understanding and discussing the new classroom LAW


Positioning and Setting

The case flyer can be used in the following course:

  • a) Human Resource Management – Training and Developing Employee
  • b) Organizational Behavior – Foundations of Individual Behavior (Learning)



During the Case Flyer Discussion in the Classroom

The discussion on the case flyer was conducted under two broad topics:..........

The flow of questions to be discussed in the classroom has been elaborated in Annexure (TN)-I: The Board Plan.

I. Learning Models

• The classroom discussion on the case flyer began with the first question of the case flyer where the participants were asked to recollect their learning experience in one of their most favorite subjects.

• The participants shared their varied experiences. Some of the reasons that the participants shared for a subject being one of their most favorite were:

a) Expected benefits of learning
b) Passion for the subject
c) The ease of learning the subject
d) The instructor i.e., the style of teaching of the instructor helped develop an interest in the subject, etc.

• This led to a discussion on the topic of self-learning vs guided learning. While all the participants had experienced guided learning, some of them had experienced self-learning as well.

• With respect to their individual learning experiences, the participants discussed topics such as the desire to share the learning from one’s favorite subject, their happiest learning experience, learning experience in the business school, importance of unlearning for learning, etc.

• To organize the findings of the discussion, the following matrix was introduced [Exhibit (TN)-I].


Exhibit (TN)-I:The Learning Experience

Exhibit (TN)-II: The New Classroom LAW

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This case flyer enables a discussion on the evolving nature of learning by analyzing the four learning models outlined in the accompanying article1. On the basis of the learning experiences of individuals, the case flyer suggests that a learning experience is a function of two variables - the learning outcome and the learning potent. It discusses the new classroom LAW of learning i.e., allocating a predetermined amount of time to Listening, Asking and Watching for the classroom learning to be effective. While the case flyer focusses on individual learning in a classroom setting, it also links the concept of learning to organizational learning. The case flyer is suitable for teaching the concept of learning in Organizational Behavior course.

Pedagogical Objectives

  • To analyze the various learning models and to critically evaluate their pros and cons
  • To understand and discuss the new classroom LAW

1 Arun Pereira, “Learning Models Have Been Shaken', The Economic Times, December 24th 2013

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