How do your students see themselves as learners?
Welcome to ELLI … now available to TLO’s customers
ELLI (the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) is an online questionnaire that captures your students’ views of how they see themselves as learners.
It is a persuasive agent of change and a reliable learning diagnostic tool that:
- shows students their unique learning power profile
- informs and inspires change
- prompts students to reflect on how they learn
- develops students’ sense of autonomy with respect to their learning
- helps students to set focused development goals
The diagnostic tool, based on self-reported ratings, supports the self-evaluation of Learning Power. The resulting profiles enable students to understand themselves as learners, and later to claim ownership and responsibility for what and how they learn.
TLO is delighted to be able to offer you ELLI … the instrument that assesses and tracks Learning Power.
1. What are the powers of learning?
The idea of Learning Power has been a feature of education for more than 20 years and there are many ways of deconstructing it. Learning Power began its journey in research undertaken at the University of Bristol led by Professor Patricia Broadfoot and Professor Guy Claxton.
This research into learning sought to capture the essence and meaning of Learning Power and identified 7 critical dimensions of Learning Power. These dimensions should be viewed more like attitudes or dispositions than capabilities or skills.
2. How does ELLI help students?
ELLI provides fascinating feedback that helps students, and their teachers, to consider their learning against the seven dimensions of learning power. The spidergraphic (see right) suggests someone who reports herself to be somewhat resilient, disposed to keeping going and trying, as well as to some extent being able to be aware of what she is trying to do or learn.
3. How does ELLI help teachers?
Elli forms the basis of personalising tutoring support. The learning profiles provide the basis for focused learning conversations leading to learning goals and plans. Elli also helps to focus teaching strategies in ways that promote student ownership and engagement, and in developing a language for learning which can be shared and used in the classroom.
Elli can also contribute to enhancing career advice. Beyond the idea of subject relevance, undertaking ELLI enables students, teachers and career advisers, to explore learning habits associated with particular jobs or careers.
4. How does ELLI enable the school?
Use of Elli encourages a school to design a curriculum to give students opportunities to stretch and develop all their learning dimensions. This has suggested five future-based principles that schools can use to guide their curriculum reform as they develop curricula for the twenty-first century.
ELLI makes it possible to capture hard-to-reach data in its profiles, namely, how well are students learning and what might be causing the problem? Hence schools have immediate evidence of students’ growth in self-regulation, independence, confidence and resilience.
On the staffing side inviting potential candidates to undertake the ELLI profile can greatly enhance and future proof the selection process, finding employability dispositions to ensure staff thrive and contribute to the school’s learning culture. Elli also supports induction and performance management.
ELLI a trusted learning profile
Built from serious academic research
ELLI emerged from research into lifelong learning at Bristol University. This identified seven dimensions of Learning Power that create a step change in individual, team and organisational performance. The dimensions are responsive to the circumstances of the immediate environment (the classroom) and are sensitive to relationships and social challenge.
ELLI is used beyond schools
ELLI has been used effectively beyond education in the Civil Service, across the commercial landscape of SMEs and in Further and Higher Education. It has revolutionised the performance of reluctant learners in companies and thereby the company itself.
ELLI is part of the natural history curriculum run jointly by Penn State University and the Smithsonian in Washington. There is on-going academic research into ELLI and its constituent habits and behaviours in a number of universities internationally in the University of Porto, Portugal, Istanbul in Turkey, Vienna in Austria and among undergraduates at Deakin University, Melbourne, and Southern Cross University, Northern Rivers, Australia.
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How ELLI fits with developing students’ learning power?
Find out more about how Building Learning Power and ELLI work together to build better learners in our new book Building Learning Power with Elli