MOOC 4.0: The Next Revolution in Learning & Leadership Last month my colleagues and I completed a pilot of what well may be the most interesting project of my life. It was the pilot of a new type of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that pushes the MOOC design envelope by blending a globally transformative platform with an eco-system of deep personal, locally grounded learning communities. Below is the story and some key insights from this experiment that prototypes the 21st century university by putting the learner into the driver’s seat of profound social change.
Teacher as Farmer K-12 education is riding the leading edge of a wave of existential transition, the kind that comes once or a few times in several generations. It is not a “flavor of the month” shift in how we teach math or develop a new curriculum. It is much larger than that, on the order of the rise of universally accessible public education in the 19th century or desegregation of education in the 20th century. A Brave New Experiment Historically, the primary objective of the K12 Lab Network has been to support educators in learning the five phases of the design thinking process in order to build creative confidence, solve school-wide and district-wide issues and teach students to be their own agents of change. While this approach has been hugely successful, sparking a design thinking movement that has traveled acound the globe, the K12 Lab Network Team wanted to experiment with what might happen if the mindsets which support the design thinking process were taught instead of the process itself. BIAS TOWARDS ACTIONWe’ve just led our first experiment!It took the form of a day-long experience for our d.home team school leaders, a network of eleven local Bay Area schools, all ready and eager to take their design thinking skills to the next level. After arriving and eating a quick breakfast, our participants were greeted by “Texas” and “Pipo” two juggling clowns from the Circus Center in San Francisco.
A Useful Framework For Transparency In Education A Useful Framework For Transparency In Education by TeachThought Staff Transparency in education is important for a variety of reasons. Increasingly teachers are encouraged to work in professional learning communities, data teams, and other structures intended to encourage teachers to work together to unpack standards, plan instruction, assess learning, analyze data, revise instruction, re-analyze data, and then evaluate the impact of individual teaching strategies.
Why Twitter Will Never Connect All Educators. If there is one thing I truly understand about educators it is that they are slow to change. It might be from decades of people jumping in with the “latest and greatest” answer to a better way to do things in education, or some legislative mandate to fix it all through legislation, only to find it to fizzle out and fall way short when actually implemented. If teachers learned one thing from these experiences it is that, if you wait and ride it out long enough, all of these initiatives will all go away. The problem however is that many educators want to apply this sit and wait posture to anything that requires them leaving their zones of comfort. The mindset of a 20th Century educator is very comfortable for most educators since they were trained for the most part by 20th century educators.
What is design thinking? Can it work in my classroom? So, what is design thinking? Would it work in your classroom? If you haven't checked out the Teachers Leading Teachers Conference, you might want to give it a whirl. AJ Juliani and I are putting it on and I must say that it's going to be better than bacon-wrapped bacon. The term "design thinking" is often attached to maker spaces and STEM labs. However, design thinking is bigger than STEM. Collaborate Across Teams, Silos, and Even Companies - Rebecca Newton by Rebecca Newton | 11:00 AM July 25, 2014 Everywhere I turn right now, I hear leaders talking about their need for collaborative leadership. It’s being identified as the fundamental differentiator in achieving strategic objectives. In order to make a difference though, it has to go beyond the polite, thoughtful behaviours of involving others, sharing information and lending strength when it’s needed.
eLearning Course Evaluation: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals You have spent a great deal of time and money while developing your eLearning course. But how can you know if it is effective? eLearning course evaluation allows you to assess the effectiveness of your eLearning deliverable and to keep improving it in order to offer your learners a powerful and memorable eLearning experience. In this article I will share why eLearning course evaluation is important, when to do it and, most importantly, how. As an eLearning professional, you need to know if your eLearning course is effective; that is, if it achieves its goals and meets its objectives.
My Ideal School (But Where’s the Technology?) Recently, I made a list of what I think my perfect school would look like. As I began developing the list, I was struck by two things: Firstly, how most of it was about making school more student-centered, and secondly, that I didn't mention technology once. For me, this second trend bears a little more fleshing out. I would never say that there is no place for technology in education, far from it… But I think the place of technology is to support a more student-focused, relevant and engaging methodology.
Design thinking holds the answer to some of the public sector’s toughest challenges In the past few decades, design has become increasingly recognised as a driver of economic growth. Communication, interaction, product, gaming and fashion are just a few examples of well-known design disciplines where designers have successfully used their specific expertise and approaches to create innovation. But the world has become increasingly complex, and designers have begun to use their unique approaches and qualities to tackle other issues. These include highly complex problems, usually in the form of social or cultural challenges such as poverty, sustainability, health, wellness or equality.
Making Friends With Failure No one likes failure, the F-word, no matter how you sugarcoat it. But failure is a part of life. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Stuff happens. But if we recast these situations right, we learn to create a new normal, to persevere, to learn to be more flexible, or to redirect our energies. eLearning Interactivity: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals Interactivity has been proven to have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the eLearning process. In this article you will find everything you need to know about eLearning interactivity, as well as the most essential ways in which eLearning interactive methods and techniques affect the learning process. eLearning interactivity is defined as the “dialogue” between learners and eLearning tools through which learners become engaged and involved in the eLearning process.
Take aim at innovation, with students in the center In September 2012, I packed up my Prius, left my patient wife, and drove around the United States for 89 days and 10,000 miles visiting 64 schools of every flavor and size to find out how they are preparing students for a rapidly changing world. I asked questions and recorded learning with more than 600 teachers, administrators and students. In setting up the complex matrix of this trip, many of my hosts asked, “What would you like to see when you are here?”
The next design trend is one that eliminates all choices Performance wear is typically designed for sports and extreme environments—brutally cold and windy mountain ranges, heat-baked deserts—situations where people actually need their clothing to protect them from the elements without restricting movement. Continuing advances in design, fabric technology, and manufacturing have made these clothes more high-performance than ever. Now a crop of designers has made it their mission to create advanced technical garments of this type for another harsh setting: cities. “The winter in New York or a pouring spring day, the demands are really not a lot different than what you would need for climbing, an expedition, or helicopter snowboarding in Alaska,” Marc Daniels, co-founder of New York-based label Isaora, tells Quartz.