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”

Realizing the Entrepreneur-shift

To be successful in the world of today and in the future you need to have an open, curious mindset ready to make things happen. It’s all about the shift from a predict and control mentality towards the entrepreneurs mentality (also called intrepreneurship). There are several ways to support the process of becoming an entrepreneurContinue reading “Realizing the Entrepreneur-shift”

Play, Passion and Purpose

There are many initiatives around the globe to change education. Operation Education, MindShift and Disruptors are all pasionated about reinventing the educational system. The change needed can be discribed as learning that is more future-proof and supports innovation and entrepreneurship. More than ever lifelong learning becomes key.

Empowerment is Ruled Out by the Educational System 

Education is all about empower other people and supporting people to change their behavior. Getting kids to pay attention in class, getting teens to understand they need to look at their future and getting students to share their talents to move the world. At the center of all this persuasion is selling: educators are sellersContinue reading “Empowerment is Ruled Out by the Educational System “

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”

Het belang van Persoonlijk Ondernemerschap

Door de opkomst van de kenniseconomie, schaalvergroting, decentralisatie en veranderingen in werken zijn 3 trends waar te nemen. Mensen die betaald werk hebben willen dit steeds vaker combineren met onbetaalde activiteiten als zorgen voor kinderen of investeren in een studie. Daarnaast willen mensen die werken gemakkelijk van de ene naar de andere levensvervulling kunnen overstappen:Continue reading “Het belang van Persoonlijk Ondernemerschap”

Design Thinking in Education

One of the most exciting models of learning today is ‘design thinking’. It combines hands on learning with independent problem solving. Design thinking is familiar to the problem solving-based creative process taught in many design disciplines. The basic steps of design thinking can be characterized as following:

Empowered Learning in the Makers Movement 

Jules Verne Project – a learning experience needed! 
In my search for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research I came across constructionism. Constructionism is reflected in the learning experience. Within the learning experience learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge and skills from their experience in the world. People don’t getContinue reading “Empowered Learning in the Makers Movement “

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?”