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 paradigmContinue 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.

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 canContinue reading “DT to Improve the Academic Experience”

Unleash the Innovative Spirit

Nelson Mandela once said: education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Given the current era of digital revolution, digital skills and entrepreneurial attitude education should engage with this to drive our economy forward and secure a successful future for our youth.

 How To Create DIY Learning

The world has changed. Being a learner is more important than being learned. To have the best chance of happiness and success in the world students have to be able to flourish in freedom. Can you agree? Intellectually, you may be able to make sense of the arguments but the biggest barrier to rethinking educationContinue reading ” How To Create DIY Learning”

Education Needs a Humanistic Approach 

The context of learning is changing. There is a lively public debate on the foundational principles for education. Rethinking education affect the organization of learning. This includes the recognition, validation and assessment of learning in a plural and interconnected world.

Context Teaches Most

If we really want students to grow up to become self-reliant and reach their full potential; we would be doing something very different in University! Steve Hargadon and Thieu Besseling are telling a story about the power of learning that is very different from what we experience in traditional models of school.

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, orContinue 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 theyContinue 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.

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 forContinue 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 behaveContinue reading “Best Future-proof Learning Space”

Youtube Education, New Options in Student Engagement?

Higher education is standing at a crossroad. Flipped classrooms and MOOC’s (massive open online courses) have become a disruptive force. Also the rise of Youtube education can’t be neglected. It’s creating challenges and opportunities at the same time.

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 zichContinue 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, sinceContinue 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 levendContinue 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 typesContinue 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 reallyContinue 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 specificContinue reading “What our Youth needs in Higher Education?”