Tag Archives: Curriculum

Are We Failing Superman?

This great little video highlights some of the themes and discussions that are going on (and have been going on for some time) around education and how ‘we’ can improve it from the ‘one size fits all’ attitude. Enjoy!

YouTube: Failing Superman

 ”Are we failing Superman with a traditional one-size-fits-all curriculum? People are different, their interests are different… Why wait 11 years to truly differentiate the curriculum? In this video inspired by the worlds of Peanuts and DC Comics, I offer some of my thoughts on a solution.” Marc-Andre Lelande

David Hopkins

“Let’s change everything!”

I recently watched this ALT-C talk from Mark Stubbs (Head of Learning and Research Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University – @thestubbs) at this years ALT Conference

YouTube: “Using Learning Technology to transform a whole university’s curriculum”
Mark Stubbs at ALT-C 2012

Here’s what I liked (at minute mark 5:18) when talking about integrating technology (from the student feedback, NSS score, and improving the “student experience”) and the issues on an Institutional level at making these changes:

“We can’t change everything because we’d have to change ‘Everything’! … if you unpick all this you see lots of but’s, reasons why we can’t do something … we had what’s called a Deputy Vice Chancellor ‘out of patience’ error … this notion of we can’t do it because we’d have to change everything built up and up and up, so we ended up with” ‘well if we can’t do it because we’d have to change everything, and that’s what you’re saying to me, then let’s change everything!’”

Indeed … “using Learning Technology to transform a whole university’s curriculum”. Who’s with me?

Exploring eAssessment, Lancaster #lancseassess

Today I attended the JISC RSC (Regional Support Centre) North West and eAssessment Association event ‘Exploring eAssessment‘ in the lovely setting of Lancaster House Hotel.

With the event was billed as:

“With the pressure to show impact of e-Assessment in our institutions, it’s important to know that the technology is being applied in the most effective way. We have brought together speakers from near and far to share their experiences of how you can make a difference with e-Assessment within your own organisations.”

the schedule covered aspect of assessment such as ‘developing flexible e-Assessment spaces’, ‘quick wins for learner assessment’, ‘importance of learner tracking as a motivational tool’, as well as how to use QR Codes to “deliver assessment tasks in authentic spaces, allowing learners to interact with physical spaces while recording their actions”. Continue reading

Question everything #pelc12 #edtech

Thank to Dave Cormier for sharing this video on Twitter, it’s amazing! I hope you think so to.

YouTube: notice. {vision 1 of 5}

 I have transcribed a few of the sections that really move and inspire me, what these children are doing/have done is brilliant, I hope you agree.

“Thousands of years ago the native Americans embraced the idea of a village, the entire community as teacher, as curriculum. The idea that everybody had something to offer was given. Somewhere along the way competition bled into efficiency and efficiency bled into standardisation. We are missing community, cross-generational expertise. We believe that technology wants to help us get back to to us.”

“We are suggesting that is compulsion, the assumption that was must teach and measure certain things, that is keeping us from betterness, keeping us mediocre rather than breathtaking. So we stop measuring learning, instead we prepare people for uncertainty, we facilitate curiosities, we create ‘community’. We create spaces of permission with nothing to prove because we believe ‘there is never nothing going on’.”

If you’re interested, check out the other 4 videos in the series: Dream (2), Connect (3), Do (4), and Be (5).

“There is never nothing going on” - Ray Rafiti

Now, I’m not an educational activist, nor do I want to upset the system or hack anything, but I do wonder why we continue to do things the same way despite evidence showing us there is a better way. From this video I can reflect my own experience at school, at university, etc, that I was not in the best ‘environment’ for my style of learning: I had to take myself out of the classroom to be comfortable to learn (but I still sat in the classroom with everyone else – does this mean I did twice as much?). From the video I question whether Schools are preparing children to learn a subject or learn to live in the world. There is a place for both, but I tend to see an either or approach, never both? Have I missed something … “we stop measuring learning, instead we prepare people for uncertainty, we facilitate curiosities, we create ‘community’.”

It strikes a chord with me, nothing more than that. And it is that chord that reminded me of the keynote that Simon Finch gave at PELeCON12 (pelc12) in April this year (2012), he opened ‘Something Better Change” with this video:

Another Brick in the Simfin

Powerful stuff, and equally powerful was the full 50+ minute keynote – watch and be inspired (and he knows his stuff from working WITH and IN schools, not just talking ABOUT schools).

Plymough Enhanced Learning Conference : Simon Finch Keynote