MOOCs: What Higher Education Can Learn From It

In the last twenty years sharing knowledge and information has become very easy because of the explosion of internet technology. This has led to new pedagogical possibilities, also in the field of education. Modern education represents a fusion of powerful communication technologies, internet literacy, and pedagogical innovation which is developing into a new creative paradigm for education. Continue reading “MOOCs: What Higher Education Can Learn From It”

Bildung As A Theory of Learning

In higher education the concept of Bildung is introduced. Bildung (self-cultivation and self-realization) as a reflective tool and as a point of orientation and regulation.
In order to clarify the conception of Bildung theories of transformative learning may be helpful in explaining some of the core features. Continue reading “Bildung As A Theory of Learning”

DT to Improve the Academic Experience

In education we do not typically engage our users — our students — to tackle some of the problems in education. But with a fast growing interest in user experience design we can’t neglect our students anymore. Design thinking can be very useful to provide insights for curriculum development and learning culture. User-centered design can make students feel valued and help them build the communication and self-regulation skills they need. It can be a great way find some answers to the question: how to improve the academic experience. Continue reading “DT to Improve the Academic Experience”

Learning Experience Design

The process of designing an experience, regardless of purpose, is based on reaching a certain outcome. Ideally with as little fuss and as much joy as possible. The purpose of an experience and the environment in which the experience takes place will vary: purchasing a holidays on a tablet, enjoying dinner in a restaurant, or learning to teach a class. Each of these experiences requires its own unique approach but the elements of the design process are mostly the same. The best representation of those elements comes from Jesse James Garrett’s Elements of User Experience. Continue reading “Learning Experience Design”

UX in Learning Experience Design

User experience (UX) in LXD. The growing complexity and interconnectedness of our now global society has challenged the effectiveness of traditional education systems. The traditional system is designed for the needs of the industrial era. The old model was built upon the idea that a worker his job was to apply the basic skills they had learned. To be successful now and in the future we need to go beyond that—and teach people how to learn, engage, and create. Continue reading “UX in Learning Experience Design”

Powerful Learning is Agile and Student-centered

There’s no shortage of different opinions about how the education system should adapt to a shifting world and a future with unknown demands, but for the most part, only two dominant narratives of education reform have emerged. Most teachers didn’t sign up for this shifty moment we are in. But I find it interesting. Continue reading “Powerful Learning is Agile and Student-centered”

No Tests, No Curriculum Standards: Agile Learning

Adult life is all about making choices, learning from them, and prioritizing competing demands for our time. A healthy educational environment must allow students to experience such opportunities and challenges. To do this, students must be able to make their own decisions and pursue their own passions. I believe that this creates the opportunity for them to flourish to their full potential if they have a supportive, respectful and loving surrounding. Knowing what they want to learn or do, and then following through to learn it or achieve it, is a core skill for learning. Continue reading “No Tests, No Curriculum Standards: Agile Learning”

Best Future-proof Learning Space

We still line our students up in rows facing the same direction toward a voice of authority. We use desks that lock them up in place, where the majority of movement within their staring is eyes forward, eyes down? The experience of space has a profound effect on how we use that space and behave ourselves. Space evokes a particular way of feeling, of being. What is the message we are sending? Continue reading “Best Future-proof Learning Space”

Van Plof-student naar Bof-student

Op vele plekken in het onderwijs zijn mens en systeem van elkaar vervreemd door aansturing van steeds machtiger management. Leren én lesgeven moeten weer terugkeren naar de kern: persoonsgerichte ontwikkeling binnen de collectieve ambitie in plaats van collectief kennis stampen in een toetsingsfabriek plof-studenten.
Het protest van studenten dat om zich heen grijpt verzet zich tegen de dominantie van het rendementsdenken. Dit is echter slechts het topje van de ijsberg, het echte probleem zit veel dieper. Continue reading “Van Plof-student naar Bof-student”

From Learning Factory to Learning Garden 

At heart, education is all about empowerment of people. It is widely understood that learning is a product of passion and not test taking. Society would have to embrace a more difficult educational model. Schools would become facilitators of passion instead of directors of course material. Their efforts would be unmeasurable by current standards, since individual passion can’t be standardized. The only measurement of any importance would be happiness, achievements, and sense of fulfillment of graduates over time. But, our educational system ruled out empowerment, like Marty Neumeier describes. Instead of teaching us to create, it’s taught us to copy, memorize, obey and keep score. Pretty much the same qualities we look for in machines. Continue reading “From Learning Factory to Learning Garden “

Toekomstbestendig onderwijs? 

De onderwijsinspectie wil dat studenten met meer plezier naar college gaan en de overheid wil een lerende economie. Beide doelen kunnen we bereiken door trends eindelijk eens toe te gaan passen in het onderwijs, of dat nu ‘gamification’ of ‘de student als inspiratiebron’ is. Een opleiding kan innoveren door zich op te stellen als levend laboratorium. Welke trends zijn er dan? Wat is futureproof onderwijs? Dat is een goede vraag. Gebaseerd op persoonlijke ervaringen, overtuigingen en mentale modellen heeft elke opleider daar een beeld van. Regelmatig worden deze persoonlijke beelden verfijnd door resultaten van onderzoek, opinie en concepten die de revue passeren. Een onbewust en deels bewust proces dat een eerste praktijktheorie vormt. Al zoekend, lezend en kijkend vallen er een aantal aspecten op. Toekomstbestendig onderwijs lijkt zich te laten kenmerken door: Continue reading “Toekomstbestendig onderwijs? “

The Misconception of Bloom’s Taxonomy

I think the model of Bloom is wrong. I know this statement sounds absurd in todays education. The unsuspecting side effect of Bloom is happening. So, I think this is something we should rethink, especially since it is so widely taught to teachers and in teacher education. I acknowledge that the taxonomy accurately classifies various types of cognitive thinking skills. It certainly identifies the different levels of complexity. But its organizing framework is wrong. Here’s why. Continue reading “The Misconception of Bloom’s Taxonomy”

Do you have a Future Proof Teachers Mindset?

Many of our educational foundations are false realities. We create either things to force students to do things (compliance) or scare them that if they don’t, bad things will happen (fear). Whether it’s grades, detention, points, getting into college, etc., we need better reasons for students to buy in and do amazing work. If we really want our education to be transformational for all students, we have some basic things to address. And these foundational things have nothing to do with integrating technology, standardising learning outcomes, high expectations of assessments, or other things that gets attention in education, nowadays. Continue reading “Do you have a Future Proof Teachers Mindset?”

What our Youth needs in Higher Education?

The model of higher education has shaped not only how we institutionalize teaching and learning but also how we approach individual education and talent development. The fundamental model of teaching and learning in higher education and professional training is based on a monastic tradition. The medieval European monasteries and early universities supported training for specific professions (law, medicine and church administration). It started the image of people dedicating themselves to learning a standardized curriculum on specific subjects. Professional teachers provided instruction. Education took place in self-regulated, sometimes isolated communities that prepared and certified individuals to return to society. I can see this image still very clear in now-a-days education. But does it still fit to our society? Continue reading “What our Youth needs in Higher Education?”