Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being taught in ways scientifically tailored to their individual needs, of educators, students and researchers being able to capitalize on global intelligence?
In other words, they could read for all the same reasons that we can now use computers. We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us. It is the saddest of ironies that many people now see the fluidity and effectiveness of this process as a characteristic of computers, rather than what it is, which is a characteristic of human beings.
So much wisdom in this article. Data doesn't have all the answers, and schools are becoming more and more driven by data. Favorite quote: "Because guess what? If there is one thing that the data proves, it’s that our children are all different." And all children want to learn.
There is mounting evidence that complementing or replacing lectures with student-centric, technology-enabled active learning strategies and learning guidance—rather than memorization and repetition—improves learning, supports knowledge retention, and raises achievement. These new student-centered blended learning methods inspire engagement, and are a way to connect with every student right where they are while supporting progress toward grade level standards.
Some cognition experts have praised the effects of tech on the brain, lauding its ability to organize our lives and free our minds for deeper thinking. Others fear tech has crippled our attention spans and made us uncreative and impatient when it comes to anything analog.
Anyone with children today can see the lessening attention spans firsthand, although I find that if kids are motivated and engaged their attention spans may even be longer. The studies on laptop light causing sleeplessness also seem to align with current thinking about the impacts of using nightlights in children's rooms. Perhaps the lessen is that the brain has an ability to profoundly adapt to its environment, and we need to consider to what degree we allow technology to influence that adaptability. For example, there are studies that indicate that reading books can help increase empathy. If children are reading fewer books because of shorter attention spans due to technology use, does this decrease their ability to empathize with others, and, if so, what actions can we take to ensure that this skill is learned in another way (e.g., using technology)? Lots of food for thought here...
The design of the school was based on what actually happens when we learn, a difference from traditionally built school buildings. It stimulated the children’s curiosity and creativity; it offered reflection and cooperation in the school, in mobile teams and on the web. The students were equipped with the latest digital technology in a rapidly changing world.
An interesting approach to early education, with a focus on creativity and innovation. Too early to tell, but initial results (in maths) seem to indicate positive results -- that is, above the Swedish national average. The title is a bit misleading, as pupils are not "digital"; however, the actual learning activities are supported by technology.
Although andragogy is a term open to many interpretations, let's use it here to denote 'self-directed learning. In heutagogy, there is not necessarily a defined destination, nor a prescribed route – it is 'self-determined learning'.
Advancing the Theory and Practice of Self-Determined Learning
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The heutagogy community of practice for researchers, practitioners, and learners who want to learn more about the practice of heutagogy, a learner-centered approach to education that involves self-determined learning, personalized and authentic assessment, reflective practice, and group learning and collaboration.
Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age?
Standards-based education is ruining the way educators teach and children learn. Education should not be about teaching to the next level in education and vocation and yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do.
Our goal should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning is not something that we should force onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job. True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.
Motivation has always been a foundational element to learning. To instill a love learning, we need to motivate our learners to want to learn. What better way than to let them decide their path, while using technology and teachers to guide them?
I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.
There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S--and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth.
Compelling, customized (I like personalized better, but it's not a "C")' connected, and competency-based lea earning will all be a part of the future of learning. And as learners become more independent and are given an environment that supports freedom of exploration, they will also become more self-determined. Sounds like Heutagogy!
While textbooks are clearly not obsolete, schools like Lawrence Intermediate School are learning to adapt to the impact the Internet is having on students — and figuring out how to take advantage of what it has to offer. In the end, there is no single right way to get kids engaged in learning, but it’s clear that these kids, at least, who are working in a SOLE environment feel a sense of empowerment, confidence and maturity.
The actual title of this blog post is: "And on the sixth day..." The examples of heutagogy (also referred to as self-determined learning) in practice referred to in this post are impressive. Many teachers have told me that it isn't possible for young children to be self-determined learners. Others have said they are interested in using a heutagogical approach, but do not know how to start. This article provides a few answers. I am not a school teacher by profession, but I do volunteer work at the grade school in my town, teaching English to first and second-grade German children. Yes, it's challenging to use heutagogy in the classroom. But when you do, I find learners to be more engaged and excited about what you are trying to teach them.
Americans have long recognized that investments in public education contribute to the common good, enhancing national prosperity and supporting stable families, neighborhoods, and communities. Education is even more critical today, in the face of economic, environmental, and social challenges. Today's children can meet future challenges if their schooling and informal learning activities prepare them for adult roles as citizens, employees, managers, parents, volunteers, and entrepreneurs. To achieve their full potential as adults, young people need to develop a range of skills and knowledge that facilitate mastery and application of English, mathematics, and other school subjects. At the same time, business ...
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Excellent summary of 21st century skills and competencies needed to prepare learners for the workforce
Interestingly, mastery of one's discipline isn't the top required skill to be innovative in the workforce -- and across disciplines. Topping the list is creativity, followed by thinking skills (cognition and meta-cognition) and ability to persuade and communicate. The article calls for new pedagogies within higher education. My nomination is for heutagogy.
eschoolnews.com - These Kentucky schools have embraced a new approach called “design thinking”—and it’s paying off with higher achievement. At Eminence Independent School in Henry County, Ky., elementary students walk through halls painted like Disney storefronts and, during lunch, glide through a tube slide that drops down into the cafeteria. Half the high school students travel to Bellarmine College in Louisville two days a week to take college classes. When teachers worried about lost time traveling, Eminence officials created the first Wi-Fi bus, so students could use their school laptops while traveling to and from classes.
The beginning of a new year always prompts list-making -- resolutions, what went right last year, what can be done better in the next. How will 2013's trends shape the year ahead?
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Both of these predictions are characteristics of a heutagogical approach to learning: learner centered and self-determined (as supported by technology) and authentic, personal assessment approaches (not teaching to the test). Is this the year for heutagogy?
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