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Learning Environments

There are many different types of learning environments. Determining which one is the most appropriate for your situation depends on understanding the learning outcomes and end user. Here are some of the main learning environments you should be aware of.

Anchored Instruction

Situating or anchoring instruction around an interesting topic

Case-Based Learning (CBL)

Develop skills in analytical thinking and reflective judgment by reading and discussing complex, real-life scenarios

Cognitive Apprenticeship

Enabling students to acquire, develop, and use cognitive tools in authentic domain activity

Cognitive Flexibility Hypertexts (CFH)

Hypermedia learning environment that provides multiple perspectives

Communities of Practice (CoP)

Groups of people bound by a shared interest, purpose, or practice

Constructivist Learning Environments (CLE)



Play to win/learn

Goal-Based Scenarios (GBS)

Combines case-based learning with learning by doing


Computer simulation where students can explore a new concept without direct instruction from a teacher, where hypotheses can be tested and conclusions drawn

Problem Based Learning (PBL)

Students learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving

Situated Cognition

Knowing is inseparable from doing