Common Questions

Is the Learning Model different from the disciple-leader framework?

President Clark has outlined five key elements that help students at BYU-Idaho progress toward becoming disciple leaders. One of the five elements is referred to as "Inspired Learning and Teaching." The Learning Model was created to reinforce efforts to create inspired learning and teaching experiences. In this way, the Learning Model supports the institutional mission of creating disciple leaders. Learn more about the Big Picture by clicking here.

If students teach one another, what is the role of the instructor?

It is true that students are expected to teach what they are learning, but the role of the instructor remains central in the entire process. Your instructor will select specific learning activities and decide when to include each experience. The instructor also plays a role in directing and managing student discussion and participation. They will  balance these collaborative efforts with their own instruction and explanation when needed. Watch a BYU-Idaho classroom and observe the role of the faculty by clicking here.

What if other students are wrong in what they teach?

An active instructor is often the best guard against this risk. Instructors will often provide student evaluation criteria, guides, and examples to use in considering the comments and explanation of other students. However, part of the intent of the Learning Model is that students listen to what others are saying and help teach their peers when they think the other is off-track. This collaborative process of mutual discovery will often lead to some of the most lasting and applicable learning experiences you will have.

Does using the Learning Model mean I will have to do more work?

President Clark has taught that a student should spend two hours outside of class for every hour in class. This expectation is true with or without the Learning Model. So, the question might be better phrased, 'Will the Learning Model affect when I do my work?' The answer to that question is 'Yes, you will spend more time before class in preparation.' Your total workload will not increase, but you should replace last minute cramming with powerful pre-class preparation. 

What if I am a shy student?

Students at BYU-Idaho "learn by faith" (D&C 88: 118). President Clark has taught: "To learn by faith, students need opportunities to take action. Some of those opportunities will come . . . in the classroom, where prepared students, exercising faith, step out beyond the light they already possess, to speak, to contribute, and to teach one another." If you are a shy student, there will be times where you have to exercise your faith to participate and comment in class. Also realize that a Learning Model environment is a safe and supportive setting, where students "love, teach, and serve one another." Moreover, Teach One Another activities do not all happen in large group settings. Many of these activities will occur in small discussion groups, paired teams, and online discussion formats. Make efforts to contribute in all of these Teach One Another settings.

Will my teacher explain how to use the Learning Model in his or her class?

Many instructors will explain how they are applying the Learning Model in a given course setting. This explanation may surface in classroom discussion or in the course syllabus itself. But you are responsible for your own learning, which means you have to take action to deepen your learning, regardless of the instruction you receive. Learn how to prepare before class, how to contribute by teaching others what you are learning, and how to ponder and prove your learning.