Many Universities do this by filling student contact time with subject specific material, we'll call it STUFF, and then sending students away to the library, pub, McDonalds, Accommodation block, re-painted "social area" or even "Learning Pod" to undertake Independent Learning.
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Immediately I wonder:
- Are exams the best way to test STUFF RETENTION or Independent Learning?
- Is independent work, on an assignment, submitted electronically to match text with all known works in civilisation in order to catch CHEATS, really the same as Independent Learning?
- Is 80% of nominal hours of student effort on a module enough to foster Independent Learning?
- Can Independent Learning ever be compatible with Group or Collaborative Learning?
- Is the Independent Learner really what industry wants to employ?