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The Holy Grail of learning outcomes - University World News

The Holy Grail of learning outcomes - University World News | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The search for the Holy Grail one-size-fits-all test to measure learning gains started in the US with the Collegiate Learning Assessment, but the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) wants to take it global.

One of the most important is the Generic Strand, which depends on the administration of a version of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) to gauge ‘generic skills’ and competences of students at the beginning and close to the end of a bachelor degree programme.

 

This includes the desire to measure a student’s progression in “critical thinking, the ability to generate fresh ideas, and the practical application of theory”, along with “ease in written communication, leadership ability, and the ability to work in a group etc.”.

OECD leaders claim the resulting data will be a tool for the following purposes:

Universities will be able to assess and improve their teaching.Students will be able to make better choices in selecting institutions – assuming that the results are somehow made available publicly.Policy-makers will be assured that the considerable amounts spent on higher education are spent well.Employers will know better if the skills of the graduates entering the job market match their needs.

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The dilemma of authentic learning: Do you destroy what you measure? - O'Reilly Radar

The dilemma of authentic learning: Do you destroy what you measure? - O'Reilly Radar | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Making and education clearly go hand in hand, but how do we quantify and share the results of authentic learning without losing its essence? That's the issue educators are currently facing.

 

John Seely Brown tells us the half-life of any skill is about five years. This astounding metric is presented as part of the ongoing discussion of how education needs to change radically in order to prepare students for a world which is very different than the one their parents graduated into, and in which change is accelerating.

It's pretty straightforward to recognize that new job categories, such as data science, will require new skills. The first-order solution is to add data science as a college curriculum and work the prerequisites backward to kindergarten. But if JSB is right about the half-life of skills, even if this process were instantaneous, the learning path begun in kindergarten might be obsolete by middle school.

The second-order solution is to include meta-skills into the curriculum — ensuring young people learn how to learn, for instance, so that they can adapt as new skills are required with increasing frequency. This is essential, but raises the question of how to stay ahead of the skills curve — what are the next critical things to learn, how do you know, and how do you find them?

 

 

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Honey, I Shrunk the CNC Machine: "Piccolo" Is the World's Smallest CNC Platform - Core77

Honey, I Shrunk the CNC Machine: "Piccolo" Is the World's Smallest CNC Platform - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.

We hadn't heard from the fellas at Diatom since they sent us their Kickstarter project, the Open Source Sketchchair, last spring. Eleven months later and one world tour later, the dynamic design and digital fabrication duo from Down Under (and less-alliterative London) have partnered with a couple of collaborators at Carnegie Mellon's Computational Design Lab to present "Piccolo," a purportedly "pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform for under $70."

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Changing Higher Education: Creativity

Changing Higher Education: Creativity | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Major changes occurring in the world are redefining the metrics of excellence for higher education.

This is a continuation of Creativity and the Research University
II. The creative faculty

The issues are different here from those encountered in looking at student creativity, because we are dealing with a class of accomplished scholars who have already shown capacity for creativity. Thus the environment in which the faculty work becomes a critical determinant of whether or not they can reach their creative potential.

Amabile describes some of the environmental conditions that help to promote creativity. Among them are:

stability of employment - this lowers attention to problems not related to the main tasks of research and teachinglow bureaucracy - similarly, this enables faculty to keep their attention on the important thingsencourage rational intellectual risk taking, accept failureencourage interdisciplinary conversations - this help connections into different networks of knowledgeexpectations high but reasonablerewards not controlling - faculty choice in tasks, methods

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Book Review - Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving, by Jon Kolko - Core77

Book Review - Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving, by Jon Kolko - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.

 

Jon Kolko's new book, Wicked Problems tackles problems where the product itself is only part of the problem. Kolko aims to tackle are social and policy problems, and he subtitles his book "Problems worth Solving," though the very formulation of wicked problems undermines the notion of a particular "solution."

The solution is confounding in part because wicked problems are extraordinarily difficult to categorize or define. Indeed, in his original formulation, Horst Rittel listed ten characteristics of wicked problems, including the most troublesome first characteristic: defining wicked problems is in itself a wicked problem. From a philosophical standpoint, that's a vicious circularity... a paradox, not a problem. Basically, a wicked problem is one where (1) knowledge of the problem is incomplete (2) many stakeholders have varied opinions, (3) the economic impact is large and (4) the problem is interconnected with other issues, aka problems. Sounds like pretty much any issue working it's way through congress, right? Religion? Check. Healthcare? Check. Poverty? Check. Taxes? Check. War? Check.

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Design Thinking Learning in Higher Education essay, 12/12/09, Inspires Learning - Robert O'Toole

Design Thinking Learning in Higher Education essay, 12/12/09, Inspires Learning - Robert O'Toole | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
This is the research blog of Robert O'Toole of the University of Warwick. It documents work on learning space, learning design, learning technology, e-learning, cognitive science, aesthetics, performance and pedagogy.
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How critical thinking scaffolds support educational research mentoring

Overview of this paper

This paper introduces a number of interesting concepts regarding how mentoring can support educational field research. The pedagogical concept of critical thinking scaffolds is also introduced as both a tool and philosophy to support mentees engage in professional learning tasks through systematic reflective practice. The pedagogy of mentoring is reviewed in the context of supporting educational research with critical thinking scaffolds operating as reflective learning research tools. A range of generic templates with postgraduate teacher researcher exemplars are also examined.

 

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Design = research. Interpreting data for design

The role of research is vital in any meaningful design effort. Design students can be either confused or indifferent to the demands of and requirements for research. Even for those who recognise the value of research the problem often comes at the point when it becomes necessary to make sense of all the information that’s been gathered. This short Prezi provides a simple overview of how data can be used and interpreted. It includes invented data for illustrative purposes as well as genuine examples of data interpretation as well as a YouTube clip from students who’ve undergone a research process.

The overriding lesson is that research should justify, substantiate and inform the design process.

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Is lecture capture the worst educational technology? | Mark Smithers

Is lecture capture the worst educational technology? | Mark Smithers | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Is lecture capture the single worst example of poor educational technology use in higher education?

Furthermore I don’t believe that the lecture is dead. I just think that it is vastly overused in higher education and that most learning can be delivered in better ways. So just mostly dead. I do, for example, believe that there is a place for capturing important presentations given by a visiting subject matter expert. This means having one or two venues equiped to record a presentation. What many HE institutions have done is to invest heavily in technology (not usually in staff development) to record in large numbers of venues.

The other thing I should say before telling you why I think lecture capture is so bad is to say that I think that associated technologies such as desktop capture actually have great promise and, with appropriate staff development and leadership, can lead to much higher quality material that leverages off the existing skills of academics.

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Creativity and Emotional Intelligence

Creativity and Emotional Intelligence | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
An excerpt from the Handle With Care Emotional Intelligence Activity Book.
Creativity and EQ
When we have conflict or no one seems to be hearing what we're saying, it is time for some creativity.

 

Creativity is not so much making something new as it is recombining the old. Creativity requires informality because its essence is “breaking rules.” The result is that creativity is sometimes tied to strong emotions which both give it power and make it challenging.

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The Art of Criticism in the Age of Interactive Technology: Critics, Participatory Culture, and the Avant-Garde

The Art of Criticism in the Age of Interactive Technology: Critics, Participatory Culture, and the Avant-Garde | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

International Journal of Communication, Vol 6 (2012)

The Art of Criticism in the Age of Interactive Technology: Critics, Participatory Culture, and the Avant-Garde

Ryan Gillespie

 

Abstract

Scholars claim that the mass-media story is being replaced by the interactive-media story. Much discussion has focused on the changing roles of artists, gatekeepers, producers, and consumers, but what role does the critic play in this story? After providing an historical analysis of the concept of the critic in critical-cultural studies, I argue for a way out of the subjugation-emancipation paradox of normative judgment using an end-relational theory of critique. Without such an approach, criticism is easily conflated with consumerism, forcing two consequences: the relegation of judgment to mere personal preference, and the potential loss of an avant-garde. Thus, I argue that we need critics more, not less, in the interactive technology, Web 2.0 world.


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Postgraduate study is 'neglected'

Postgraduate study is 'neglected' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Universities warn of a crisis in postgraduate education, saying it has been neglected by successive governments.

 

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) says it recognises the importance of this type of education to the sector.

The 1994 Group says the Browne Review of higher education, published in 2010, and the coalition government's subsequent White Paper on the sector failed to consider postgraduate study "with any degree of rigour".

It says that the numbers of UK students taking postgraduate courses rose only marginally between 2002-03 and 2007-08, meaning the UK is lagging behind as rising numbers of international students come to this country to study.

It warns such a decline will have an adverse impact on the UK economy.

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Infinite Stupidity | Conversation | Edge

Infinite Stupidity | Conversation | Edge | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

"A tiny number of ideas can go a long way, as we've seen. And the Internet makes that more and more likely. What's happening is that we might, in fact, be at a time in our history where we're being domesticated by these great big societal things, such as Facebook and the Internet. We're being domesticated by them, because fewer and fewer and fewer of us have to be innovators to get by. And so, in the cold calculus of evolution by natural selection, at no greater time in history than ever before, copiers are probably doing better than innovators. Because innovation is extraordinarily hard. My worry is that we could be moving in that direction, towards becoming more and more sort of docile copiers."

MARK D. PAGEL is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Professor of Evolutionary Biology; Head of the Evolution Laboratory at the University of Reading; Author Oxford Encyclopaedia of Evolution; co-author of The Comparative Method in Evolutionary Biology. His forthcoming book is Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind.

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Overloaded with information, students need critical thinking skills - University World News

Overloaded with information, students need critical thinking skills - University World News | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

It is not surprising that in this atmosphere, students appear to be growing increasingly dogmatic and are less able to engage in civil discourse with others with whom they disagree. Perhaps this is because they cannot accurately explain what people who oppose them actually believe. In truth, they often lack consistency in their own beliefs as well.

 

It is not an overstatement to say that higher education is in a time of dramatic flux. Driven by changing expectations of stakeholders, demands from employers and perceptions of learners themselves, many are seeking ways to adapt to a changing environment in which these new demands frequently conflict.

Stakeholders want faster degree completion and higher completion rates (especially among those who haven’t historically been represented in higher education). And as if that wasn’t difficult enough, they want students to graduate with the critical thinking skills necessary to complete in a global economy.

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Google Maps: Designing the Modern Atlas - Core77

Google Maps: Designing the Modern Atlas - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.

 

It is often the case in interaction design that the best solutions simply get out of the way, allowing the user to achieve their goal and get on with their life. With Google Maps, this is certainly the desired outcome. Geographic navigation and search should be smooth, efficient, and ultimately straightforward. When this is successful and the product works as it should, the nuances and details behind these experiences can often go unnoticed, written off as algorithmically derived and invisible.

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Creativity and the Research University - Changing Higher Education

Creativity and the Research University - Changing Higher Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
The world is obviously in considerable turmoil at the moment, and predictability is in shorter supply than usual. The role of the US in the world is changing rapidly, and we must struggle to maintain our competitiveness in many dimensions....
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SparkLab Gives New Meaning to Hands-On Education - Core77

SparkLab Gives New Meaning to Hands-On Education - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Thus, Sparklab is a worthy response to Sir Ken Robinson's challenge to "rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating our children" by elevating creativity to the same status as literacy as a foundation of education. Speaking of TED, Robinson's imminently quotable 2006 Talk is a must-see call-to-arms about education reform.

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The text

The text | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Manifesto for teaching online - Written by teachers and researchers in online education. University of Edinburgh MSc in E-learning 2011

Distance is a positive principle, not a deficit. Online can be the privileged mode.

The possibility of the ‘online version’ is overstated. The best online courses are born digital.

By redefining connection we find we can make eye contact online.

‘Best practice’ is a totalising term blind to context – there are many ways to get it right.

Every course design is philosophy and belief in action.

 

(...there's more!)

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Can Computers Replace Teachers?

Can Computers Replace Teachers? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Until we figure out how to best use technology in the classroom, the bells and whistles are often a distraction...

Usage aside, there is scant evidence that technology is improving learning — even the cheerleaders are reduced to arguing that various education technology tools are obvious rather than supported by much evidence. And when you watch, say, high school students use the Internet to prepare research papers, it’s questionable whether technology — especially when coupled with poorly trained teachers — isn’t doing more to enable the superficial rather than open up richer veins of information for students.
Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/01/26/can-computers-replace-teachers/#ixzz1nr3aF1KM

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About StudyBlue.

About StudyBlue. | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
StudyBlue is a high quality digital study tool that empowers students to achieve their goals. It helps students learn better, learn together and get smarter. For free.

 

...it says in the blurb. Caveat: haven't tried it!

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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | MindShift

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | MindShift | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

It may seem obvious that lecturing isn’t the best method to get students thinking and learning. Project-based learning and other interactive approaches have been popular in elementary and secondary schools for a long time, and of course the discussion-based seminar is an age-old approach. But lecturing is still the dominant teaching method in large classes at the college level, and also at many high schools – especially in the sciences. Experts say different approaches to teaching large classes can help more students learn, and help them learn better.

“We want to have a class where everyone can be successful because we need everyone to be successful,” says Brian Lukoff, an education researcher at Harvard who is studying ways to more effectively teach large classes.

“We need to educate a population to compete in this global marketplace,” says Lukoff. We can’t do that by relying on a few motivated people to teach themselves. “We need a much larger swath of [the] population to be able to think critically and problem-solve.”


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Emotional intelligence - Catalyst of Creativity

MARC  BLANCO  Thesis  for  MA  in  Creative  Advertising,  2010  -­‐  Bucks  New  University,  UK EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - CATALYST OF CREATIVITY

 

Creativity is not so much making something new as it is recombining the old. Creativity requires informality because its essence is “breaking rules.” The result is that creativity is sometimes tied to strong emotions which both give it power and make it challenging.

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Content Strategy for Brands: Curation Is Next | Digiday

Content Strategy for Brands: Curation Is Next | Digiday | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Josh Sternberg at Digiday highlights a trend that is only going to get bigger in the near future: brands, as they realize the increasing need to be active publishers, are recognizing the problems and limitations that this task involves.

 

"The problem is publishing is a lot harder than it looks, or rather it’s a lot harder to do it with the consistency, day after day, that’s needed to build a long-term audience.

 

That’s leading some brands to hook onto the idea that their role lies more in the curation of content."

 

But in choosing this path, the article recommends, brands need to be careful in what and how much they curate. 

 

Here some valuable advice from the article:
 

"Brands need to be careful in not only what, but how much they curate.

 

There can’t be articles that make the reader question why a brand is sharing it.

 

Also, brands need to make sure they’re not just regurgitating content, but instead offering readers/followers valuable information, as readers will quickly determine the curated content — and thus the brand — is not worth their time.

 

Since consumers have their own tools for curating – Storify, Storyful, etc. – brands have to know each of their customers and have the credibility in their field to get consumers to trust the content they spread."

 

Truthful. 7/10

 

Full article: http://www.digiday.com/publishing/brands-apply-for-content-curator-roles/ 


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janlgordon's comment, February 25, 2012 12:01 PM
Hi Robin,
I went to the link you gave me below and somehow it didn't work, can you tell me where to look, I would love to hear about the class you're teaching and see the channels you reviewed, thanks so much:-)
Robin Good's comment, February 25, 2012 12:09 PM
Hi Jan,
I tried the link now and it does work ok for me. In any case here's a screenshot of the tweet: http://i.imgur.com/wlb6n.jpg
Re the class and the channels reviewed these are not visible as this was a paid online course and only the participants got all of the recordings. :-(
I can confirm you that I reviewed your work and listed you as a top example of good curation work while detailing your strong traits.
janlgordon's comment, February 25, 2012 11:50 PM
I am truly honored, thank you for all your kind and encouraging words, coming from you that means a lot Robin.
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Interpreting design thinking | Business21C

Interpreting design thinking | Business21C | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Design thinking offers real and really great value for organisations. But the idea is threatened by its own success, says Professor Kees Dorst.

 

In order to get beyond the hype, it is important that we articulate the different kinds of design thinking that exist, and outline the different ways they can be applied in the context of innovation and organisational change.I offer for discussion here a framework for positioning design thinking.The model uses a basis of formal logic combined with common notions from design research to clarify the nature of design reasoning and distinguish between different kinds and levels of design thinking.

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Times Higher Education - Cap and gown learning on a shoestring budget

Times Higher Education - Cap and gown learning on a shoestring budget | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Some of the organisations that create courses from open educational resources are inventing novel forms of credentials that employers may one day consider to be just as trustworthy as academic credits from established universities.

Saylor.org, for instance, a not-for-profit organisation offering 200 free online higher education courses in 12 majors, is introducing an "electronic portfolio" containing more detail than a university transcript that its students can use to show employers what they have learned.

 

"If I were the universities, I might be a little nervous," says Alana Harrington, Saylor.org's executive director. "What's to stop a company from hiring these individuals after reviewing proof of proficiency in some area, despite the absence of a degree from an accredited institution?"

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