leaders and their organizations suffer from fear of failure and practiced incumbency, especially when embarking on an ambitious change initiative.
The change journey is fraught with unknowns and the unexpected. Orchestrating organizational transformation in any large company is like launching a rocket into space. Much goes into preparations to be successful, but unforeseen factors like weather or wind pressure can affect the launch and flight path. A multitude of factors can misdirect the change program, resulting in delays, crashes, or becoming lost in orbit.
Prof Caroline Haythornthwaite highlights the role of networks and understanding their importance when considering how to develop learning communities, whether that is in the class or with research partners.
The Chronicle summarises the Ithaka report on UK academics use of digital technology and social media. Basically, they are conservative on the whole with innovation only happening at the level of the individual, not the institution.
Moocs - an examination that is worth engaging with. Why the rewriting of history, the new narrative of moocs, should be treated with care and why we need to carfully think about the real purpose of a mooc and education.
The current way student records and transcripts are managed is insufficient to meet the evolving needs of teachers, students, and parents. Only the most basic of information follows students into the classrooms they enter each year. Teachers have little visibility into the past performance of their students, what other teachers noted, or each learner’s strengths, weaknesses, and individual needs. New personalization technologies and the demand for differentiated instruction as a common strategy will only further place further strains the ecosystem of data systems and paper based records that form the patchwork of our current student records.
What if students instead came to each course or classroom with a digital backpack of data about their learning levels, preferences, motivations, and personal accomplishments? How would this improve each teacher’s ability to tailor learning to meet the needs of individual students? What if parents and students could easily access their child’s records to share the information with after school providers? How would all of the personalization this affords add up to deeper learning and improved college and career readiness?
“Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles” asks these questions and reveals some key problems with the current system:
The current official transcript does not provide enough information for teachers to personalize learning from the first day of school. Customized learning requires an enhanced and expanded Learner Profile. Parents and teachers should have the ability to protect privacy and empower multiple providers to use and contribute to a Learner Profile.
Digital Literacy 2.0 sets out to develop and implement training programmes for staff in non- and informal learning settings such as Public Libraries to enable them for the use of Web 2.0 and the provision of ICT based non-formal learning offers to socially disadvantaged and learning distant people.
Nigel Robertson 's insight:
An EU project looking at digital literacy across the populace and using it to reduce disadvantage.
The term Shaman (or Xaman from the Russian) is a western anthropological construct, used as an attempt to describe a generic type of spiritual practitioner. The term is informed by western religious...
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