Professional Development in Teaching

In my search to explore ways to develop, educate and coach teaching quality I found 5 elements do deal with. Teaching quality is defined as instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn. Therefore the aim is is to reach all students and not just those who choose to participate in classroom learning.

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.

Creating a Learning Experience

I’ve spent the last couple of days thinking about some tools I will use next year with my students. I want to prepare an inspiring and effective ground for learning. I don’t want to structure and pre-define everything. I do not want to create a community for my students. Instead, I want to create theContinue reading “Creating a Learning Experience”

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”

Empowerment Comes Before Engagement

Do we want teachers to be empowered or engaged? I would like to work in a school culture in which teachers feel empowered to learn and try new things. This builds leadership capacity and intrapreneurship. Should teachers be engaged? Absolutely, but after they feel empowered. I don’t think this would be different for students.

Deep Learning Mindsets & Strategies

How can we best prepare students for a world that will require more of them? The most important resource in education reform is the learner’s mind. We need to re-ignite the hunger for learning that many students lose along the way. Explicit and embedded work on learning mindsets and learning strategies & habits puts studentsContinue reading “Deep Learning Mindsets & Strategies”

One-size-Has-to-fits-all

Around the globe, economies are shifting away from machine-focused industries toward human-powered creative industries. Many adults are caught in the middle of this shift. Educated for the industrial age but trying to make a living in the information age. Inspired by the work of John Abbott and some others I wrote this post about theContinue reading “One-size-Has-to-fits-all”

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.

Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to be Happy

Daniel H Pink has studied motivation in the business world for a long time and he came to the startling conclusion that traditional ways of motivating people with financial incentives doesn’t work. The only time incentives worked, in fact, was when the problem was mechanical and the path to the solution was straightforward. Study afterContinue reading “Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to be Happy”

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”

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.

Innovative Learning: 7 Essential Principles

Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define exactly what they are. But one group of researchers is giving it a try. They launched the Innovative Learning Environments Project to identify practical interventions that mark innovative learning environments. Their isContinue reading “Innovative Learning: 7 Essential Principles”

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 “