OSL AND THE WORKSHOP MODEL
At a practical level OSL is an example of what might be recognised as the “workshop model” of teaching and learning. The workshop is the basic unit in pedagogic interaction between facilitator and participant in OSL. the workshop is defined here as a teaching and learning session that takes place in an environment in which participants can engage actively with the learning materials that are that session’s focus. Such materials might include text, but they might also include props, objects, and audio-visual materials. Participants work independently, or in small groups, with these materials in order to fashion or create their own knowledge. The workshop allows the participants to become the producers of knowledge. The space itself is fundamental in preventing the reformation of the rigidly hierarchical space of lecture theatre and seminar room.
Some practical examples are offered.