Vera Duncanson

    A couple of considerations after finishing this unit…

    Data-driven learning provides opportunities for students to actively participate in discovering knowledge and can thus be a useful tool in guided discovery activities.

    But I can also see a problem with some students thinking that corpus tools is not the best use of their time as it can be time-consuming and leads to a ‘discovery’ of something that a teacher could have told them much more quickly, a problem that is also raised in Timmis (2015), from the Recommended reading section. I suppose this can result from the students’ cultural expectations of the learning-teaching process and can be dealt with by emphasising the importance of these tools for autonomous learning – we are demonstrating in class what students can do when they are not in the classroom and don’t have a teacher to ask their questions to.