A generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last for the life of their students. Today, schools need to prepare students for more rapid economic and social change than ever before, for jobs that haven’t been created, to use technologies that haven’t yet been invented, and to solve social problems that we can’t yet imagine. The future needs to be integrated, collaborative, and it needs to be connected with real-world contexts.
Not many students get to enroll in a course called The Semiotics of Trump. They can at Bennington College. The college offered this temporary course in the spring semester of 2016. The temporary nature of the courses is intentional. They are pop-up courses, worth one or two credits, that are meant to encourage students to engage critically with the world’s events as they unfold.
Blended and personalized learning holds tremendous promise for meeting the individual needs of our students and deepening their learning, but we also need to focus on the needs of those responsible for putting these concepts into practice: the teachers.
As described in the 2016 World Economic Forum, we have now entered into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With unprecedented speed, this era has the potential to fundamentally alter the world around us. For our students to thrive in 2020, they will need to develop the critical competencies of media literacy, computational thinking, and empathy.
The maker philosophy echoes old ideas espoused by Dewey, Montessori, and even ancient Greek philosophers. Dale Dougherty, one of the founding fathers of the Maker Movement, talks about how building stuff can help students, teachers, schools and parents be more creative.
The emerging field of Learner Experience Design or LX design is about balancing the need for quality course design with the central role of human interaction in online learning. It’s a collaborative process that engages faculty in the design and improvement of online courses. Here are three big LX ideas for faculty who may be new to online learning, and hope to create and facilitate more humanized online learning experiences.
The classroom is a non-stop hub of feedback: test grades, assignment scores, paper comments, peer review, and more. Feedback is essential for student learning. Still, students’ ability to process and use feedback varies widely. The book Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (2014) can help us coach students into better feedback response while we learn what kinds of feedback work best.
Most teachers consider Wikipedia the devil’s realm, but in reality, studies have found that Wikipedia has an accuracy of a regular encyclopedia. Developing Wikipedia articles lets students not only become content creators but also have a real impact on their world, as they know that their work will inform others. Also, it is one of the best ways to add a practical application to course content.
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