What is Instructor-Directed Courses?

If the course is structured to require the instructor to set the agenda and pace of learning, it's an instructor-directed course. In workplace settings, this is typically referred to as instructor-led trainings. Traditional lectures and class meetings that revolve around activities planned and facilitated by a teacher are just as much instructor-directed as top-down eLearning modules with a linear progression through predefined readings and learning assessments on a set schedule.

The opposite of an instructor-directed course is typically called a flipped classroom. This is where learners pursue their learning objectives using tactics they devise for engaging with the information, leaving instructors to provide clarification and insight as they facilitate each learner's progress on a self-defined journey through the parts of the material most important to their understanding of the course learning goals. Another term for this flipped class environment is learner-centered education.

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