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Rethinking Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Rethinking Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

We are living in a world characterized by change, complexity and paradox. These changes signal the emergence of a new global context for learning that has vital implications for education. It requires that we revisit the purpose of education and the organization of learning. The complexity of today’s world requires a comprehensive approach to education policy embedded in a better understanding of the way in which knowledge is created, controlled, disseminated, acquired, validated and used. It also requires further development of the ethical principles that govern education and knowledge as common goods.

 

Rethinking the purpose of education and the organization of learning has never been more urgent. The result of the work of a Senior Experts Group established by the Director-General of UNESCO to rethink education in a changing world has now been completed. 

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The next time politicians talk about going back to basics on education, I hope they give this document a read!

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Learning theories map | HOTEL Project

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This Learning Theories’ Map is a result of the research carried out by WP2 of the EU HOTEL Project led by Richard Millwood from Brunel University.

 

“Learning theory has been a contested scientific field for most of its history, with conflicting contributions from many scientific disciplines, practice and policy positions. With the continuing and disruptive influence of technology on information, knowledge and practice in all sectors of society it is no wonder that innovators, drawn to the interactive potential that computers bring to learning, are challenged by the theoretical basis for their innovations.

Formal education is also a high stakes, culturally & institutionally conservative activity, which serves more than one societal purpose, including:

learner development and fulfilment;child care;preparation for citizenship, parenthood and retirement;preparation for work;selection for jobs.

Even in the higher, informal and professional sectors of education, complexity of education is matched by complexity of learning outcomes which may include:

skills development;knowledge acquisition;improvement in strategic, analytic and creative capacities;attainment of competence;establishment of attitudes and values.

Each of these societal purposes and these learning outcomes demand different approaches and understandings for the theorist and may develop at varying rates or found to be diverse in relation to context, location and culture.”

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Do you find pedagogy and theories of learning confusing? This infographic illustrates why! However, it also helps to bring some order and provide a map of the learning theories landscape - A great starting point for any teacher to explore different ideas about the aims, objectives and methodologies of educational practice.  

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Mor, Yishay, Mellar, Harvey & Warburton, Steven (eds.) - Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology - 2014

Mor, Yishay, Mellar, Harvey & Warburton, Steven (eds.) - Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology - 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"Education aspires to bring about change; whether to change individuals and societies, or to change knowledge, attitudes, and practices. The act of devising plans of activities, resources, and tools to achieve such change is an act of learning design. This book sets out to share design knowledge about the use of technology in teaching and learning, and to explore how we might best share this design knowledge amongst educators, but also between educators, researchers, and technology developers."

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This looks a very interesting collection of papers and open access too!

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Innovating Pedagogy 2013

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This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, in order to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. This second report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.


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This is a really accessible report bringing together most of the current innovations and trends in higher education teaching and learning

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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, October 6, 2013 4:22 AM

Pedagogy of the 21st century proposes innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.

Patrick Dowling's curator insight, October 11, 2013 5:24 PM

Worth a read for Educators

Dawn Hewitson's curator insight, December 4, 2013 4:42 AM

This is a Must Read for Computer Science educators

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Christopher Pappas: 9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry

Christopher Pappas: 9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
According to the renowned American educator, Malcolm Knowles there are 5 assumptions concerning the characteristics of adult learners, and 4 principles concerning adult learning (andragogy). Despite the fact that Knowles' adult learning theory assumptions and principles were introduced in the 1980's, each can be utilized today to help eLearning professionals create more meaningful learning experiences for adult learners.

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Andragogy is a term I would use much more often if I knew how to pronounce it ! It is interesting to reflect on how long it takes and what the influencing factors are in the transition from pedagogy to andragogy and by what age/stage of eduction it is really complete. "Pedagogy" seems to be a commonly used term in describing any educational theories, not just those relating to its Greek root - child. 

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Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:09 PM

In order for adult learners to be actively involved in their own learning, they must feel (and know) that they have a voice in regards to the content and delivery of their coursework. The degree to which learners determine how a course will play out is, of course, the prerogative of the instructor, but I think instructors who actively gauge the preparedness and receptivity of their adult learners are liable to get ones who are more engaged and grateful.

Jennifer Kleiner's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:13 PM

Scooped from Amos's Scoop.it page- Adult learning theory is very important to keep in mind when designing learning strategies for adult education. This is a very helpful resource to easily reference when designing instruction, in particular I would highlight the PURPOSE behind each module and activity and remembering that motivation is key with adult learners.

Samantha Patterson 7's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:05 PM

This is a good article about adult learning with eLearning. It provides information about Knowles' 5 adult learning theory assumptions that can be translated to modern day eLearning experiences.

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elearn Magazine: Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach

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http://elearnmag.acm.org/


For any individual who does instructional design, the challenge falls in the process and the nuances of the process. With the proliferation of online education, the process calls for dynamic and speedy steps because often there is not enough time or resources to waste. However, this type of design process tends to focus more on the teaching than on the learning. The focus on teaching is how content is presented, rather than on how the course design achieves flow for the individual learner. Roderick Sims introduces in his book, Design Alchemy: Transforming the Way We Think About Learning and Teaching, the concept of design for learning—a way for designers to "conceptualize the development process from the learner's perspective rather than that of the content or the teacher." This concept makes the focus on the learning rather on the teacher or content.

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This looks like an interesting book, to help design online courses from the perspective of the learner rather than the instructor.

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From face-to-face teaching to online teaching: pedagogical transitions

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As higher education has embraced online education as a way to reduce costs, increase flexibility, and enhance access to students it is important to gain an understanding of the perceptions of instructors moving into online teaching. This study found a change in the beliefs and teaching presence of the instructors from their initial resistance to online teaching to an approach which is mindful of the student experience and promotes a dialogical approach to online learning.


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Not new, but some useful insights on how tertiary education is changing as greater use is made of digital technologies.

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Evelyn Izquierdo's curator insight, April 23, 2014 9:36 PM

There are more benefits from implementing a blended learning approach than keeping the traditional teaching style; however, before incorporating online teaching into our classrooms, there are several factors teachers should take into account. Here is an interesting perspective offered by the University of Southern Queensland you might consider for the pedagogical transition.

Santiago Moral's curator insight, April 24, 2014 5:09 AM

The role of the teacher has to change

Christiane Moisés's curator insight, April 24, 2014 3:52 PM

excellent article!

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The Pedagogy of MOOCs

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There is a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and change happening in today's education sector. Existing and new education providers are leveraging the Internet, ICT infrastructure, digital content,...

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A very informative and insightful overview of the development of MOOCs with respect to pedagogy.

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