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”

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 entrepreneur at work (entrepreneur-shift). Continue reading “Realizing the Entrepreneur-shift”

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 sellers of ideas. Continue 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 is a growing need of designing future proof learning environments. Continue 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: dan weer in loondienst, dan weer voor jezelf werken, dan weer een sabbatical. Een derde trend is dat mensen die werken anders omgaan met risico’s en verantwoordelijkheden. Ze zijn zelf aan zet en dragen verantwoordelijkheid voor de organisatorische en financiële consequenties van meer, minder of anders werken. Continue reading “Het belang van Persoonlijk Ondernemerschap”

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 get ideas: they make them! Continue 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 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?”