Student-centered learning is active learning. “The rationale for active learning is that students learn more and learn better when they explore a topic rather than when they watch and listen to a teacher.”1 In our online MS in accounting program, students will engage in each course as active participants in order to both understand the course content and develop the abilities associated with information literacy (identify a problem, identify sources of information to address the problem, engage a process for evaluating the information, and communicate findings). Actively engaging course objectives and activities in an online environment is consistent with the skill set needed by successful accounting professionals.
1 Huba, M.E. & Freed, J.E. 2000. Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.