Not at all... i think that is a great coment. I would love to hear some examples of stuff you do in your course that is learnING-centered : )
Great question. I know what I mean by student centered but haven't ever tried to communicate it, so here’s an attempt.
To me, student centered learning means that the course is all about (and the syllabus describes) what the students will do, not what the teacher will do or what the “topic” is.
In any course, but particularly in an online course, each objective should be accompanied by a description of the activity that students will complete to either practice it, assess it, or both.
In my early years teaching, I was confronted by a graduate stud ent who asked a question which I was not sure of the answer or how to answer it. When asked by my director how I was doing I mentioned the incident to him. He indicated that I should not be doing any research on this but the student should seek out the answer to his question. Later in the class the same student asked a question; I wasn't sure of the answer and suggested to him that he research his question and make a presentation to the class on what he found. I told him where he could research his question, indicated a couple situations in the real world he could look at. The next week he presented and commented to the class that the assignment I gave him was very interesting and rewarding for him. I was gratified, regained my feeling of self-worth, and had a student and class that found the results appropo. This action was "student-centered".