Curriculum or pedagogy?

Clark Quinn

So I have argued for a massive project, but using advanced curricula and pedagogy. The idea being not just to train teachers, but train the trainers of those teachers. Then the training could go viral, as just teaching teachers wouldn’t go fast enough. The simple fact is that we need a better curriculum and a better pedagogy. And our pedagogy is aligned to tests, not to learning nor doing. The post Curriculum or pedagogy?

Pandemic pedagogy

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BETT has also created a community hub so that educators everywhere can share ideas and resources, discuss and work together online during the school closures. The second link leads to a link from Google, who have launched a Teach from Home hub that is open to all users.


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Great and small

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One pertinent example for L&D practitioners is pedagogy (formerly paedagogie ) which derives from the Hellenic words paidos for “child” and agogos for “leader” This etymology underscores our use of the word when we mean the teaching of children.

3D Pedagogy

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I recently wrote a blogpost entitled ' Maker Pedagogy ' where I outlined some of the emerging educational benefits of learning through making. The advent of 3D Printing (also known as additive manufacturing) has brought maker pedagogy opportunities to schools and other educational institutions in a fairly affordable manner. So how will 3D printing contribute to the development of pedagogy? 3D printing education Fablabs learning makerspaces pedagogy teaching Technology

Connected pedagogy: Shared minds

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In the previous posts in this series (see list below) I explored the digital age and its impact on learning and teaching. Humans have an innate need to connect with each other, to share stories and ideas, learn from each other, to warn and to celebrate. I call this connected pedagogy. One essential element of connected pedagogy is communication. Related blog posts Connected pedagogy: Social media Connected pedagogy: Smart technology References Maslow, A.

Connected pedagogy: Smart technology

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The theme of the conference is 'connecting through educational technology' - this echoes the themes of a number of other recent conferences, many of which explore the idea of connected learning. The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. A variety of new approaches to pedagogy have been introduced as a result of our hyperconnected society (of which more in a future blog post).

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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I wrote that: "The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. Recent ad hoc crowd sourcing projects such as #Blimage have shown that people can learn from each other in a distributed manner, through simple ideas such as sharing images and blogging about them. eden19 collaboration collective action connections Digital education learning media pedagogy social networks Technology tribe

Pedagogy vs. Andragogy: Where Many Get it Wrong In Their Learning Strategy


Most professionals in the learning space have used the words “pedagogy” and “andragogy” before. Broken down, pedagogy and andragogy essentially translate to “child guide” and “man guide” respectively. One of the most obvious differences between andragogy and pedagogy is the motivation of the learner. Those who teach according to traditional theory might not realize the importance behind relevancy as part of the strategy.

Embodiment Online


As the pandemic continues in various forms and contexts, it is clear educators will be moving in and out of learning spaces online, in the classroom/studio, in hybrid forms, but likely without proximity or touch as a teaching and learning modality.

We learn by teaching

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Although I am employed to teach, I consider it something of a disappointment if I don't learn something myself during my teaching sessions. In his 1968 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire wrote 'Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.' There is an old Latin aphorism - Doscendo discimus - which means, we learn by teaching.

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Embodied learning – a guide to moving online


Pub quizzes , fitness sessions , cookery classes : all are upscaling to national dimensions to keep countries sane, not to mention an entire education system (from nursery to PhD) which has converted to online teaching and learning overnight. Image by Ahmad Odeh on Unsplash.

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Teaching and learning through dialogue

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A few months ago, I wrote a blog post entitled '' Learning as dialogue '' which was essentially about how students can learn through conversation and by discussing their ideas with each other. For me this was a skillful, but relaxed and unobtrusive kind of pedagogy, involving every student in the room, debating, deliberating and generally exploring together the nuances and intricacies of our subject.

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Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. If you are going to teach a course online or run an online learning event or an online conference, then there’s even more to being successful at that. So, what I thought I would do is go back and see what resources I could find some good resources that would help me and could be used by instructors be better prepared to teach online.

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We Teach as We are Taught

Kapp Notes

Much of the culture surrounding schools is based on the ideas, culture and influences of teachers and administrators during their formative years. As Knowles (1992) indicates, formative experiences of pre-service and beginning teachers influence the ways in which they think about teaching and, subsequently their actions in the classroom. Instructors tend to teach in the same style and format in which they have been taught. Learning to teach.

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Supporting online learners

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If you're new to online teaching, or are revisiting it, do consider spending an hour of your time to browse through the ideas in this module. Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform.

The Secret to Beating the Forgetting Curve


Our course creators also have access to a variety of teaching methods and multiple options for presenting new content. This helps users build courses that can grow in complexity while providing helpful callbacks to big ideas and key concepts that were learned in earlier lessons. eLearning Tools Instructional Design Online Learning alpha testing assessment Brain Research eLearning evaluation forgetting curve instructional design memory Pedagogy retention

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‘Learner as producer’: what Amazon can teach us about the activist LMS

Saffron Interactive

It’s an idea which is underlined in an excellent recent post by Steve Wheeler, from whom I’ve borrowed the first part of my title (although I suspect that Walter Benjamin got there first ). As the frenzy of online consumption that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaches, I want to explore the ‘learner as producer’ idea further by taking a look at In a recent post, I mentioned that the order of the training transaction is currently the wrong way around.

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Cinderella technology?

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Many good uses of the IWB are reported in the literature , and many schools have harnessed its potential to transform aspects of teaching and learning. The latter seem not to have made connections between the affordances of the IWB and authentic, situated pedagogy. Teachers are incredibly busy, have increasingly difficult workloads to contend with, and have little time to spend experimenting with new ideas.

How to Set Proper Learning Objectives


For example, when designing a course to teach employees how to operate a certain piece of equipment safely, it’s often tempting to outline course objectives in a manner like… The objectives of this course are to: help factory staff learn key operating procedures. When reading these objectives, you can certainly get a clear idea of what the course is all about.

Learning as dialogue

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This passive, reductionist explanation of learning prompted a number of pedagogical strategies, including reinforcement of behaviour, punishment and reward, and the introduction of teaching machines with their instructional texts, structured assessment of learning and remedial loops. Indeed, the Zone of Proximal Development and other social pedagogy models were largely unheard of in the West before the 1970s. Our ideas in isolation have limited power and reach.

Video: The power and the story

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As politely as I could, I explained to him that making his students sit through a full 90 minutes of video was not particularly good pedagogy. I will write more on these ideas in a future post. Boclips education learning pedagogy resources teaching Technology videoImage from Pixabay I was working as learning resources manager at a large nursing college several years ago when a colleague arrived red faced at my office door.

Passion for education

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Unconditionally regarding each child with positivity is key to good pedagogy (Rogers, 1983). Effective pedagogy not only has impact, it's contagious. Colleagues who have been in my sessions have then incorporated my ideas into their own practice. Teaching is like that - it's an ever evolving, always changing terrain in which we discover new things constantly, reflect upon them, practice them ourselves and then share them across our communities.

Trading places

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One of the most radical shifts of pedagogy in recent years has been where learners take control of their own learning leading them to create their own content. The old aphorism ''we learn by teaching'' (or in Latin, docendo discimus ) holds true when we consider that to teach something, you first need to learn it. If you are teaching your peers, and your teacher is also in your audience, you really need to know your subject, or you end up looking a little foolish.

How to Plan a New Online Course, Part 2: Goals and Assessments


Defining Teaching and Learning Activities. Once you complete the process of assigning media to your lessons, you should have a much clearer idea about what your final course will look like and how your learners’ experience will flow from segment to segment. ” That said, properly phrasing the value proposition of your course is important if you need to sell the idea of taking and supporting the course to various learner groups, stakeholders, and constituents.

Learning with bees

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Other schools are now adopting these ideas, and several have set up apiaries for keeping bees. Beau Lotto beekeeping Blackawton Primary School Dave Strudwick education learning pedagogy schools situated teaching TechnologyPhoto by Patrick Brinksma on unsplash One of the most impressive TED talks I ever viewed was presented by Neuroscientist Beau Lotto and a 12 year-old student called Amy O'Toole.

Comfortably numb

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I cam remember several times recently when I have emerged from a teaching session with more knowledge than I had when I entered the classroom. At first I found it difficult to acknowledge that my students could teach me a thing or two. My mindset was fixed on the idea that I was there to impart knowledge and that my students were there to learn. The latin phrase docendo discimus - 'we learn by teaching' or, perhaps more accurately, 'people learn while they teach' is apt.

Passion for learning

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One of the first things I ever learnt, right at the start of my teaching career, was that enthusiasm and passion often carry the day. Although I don't often teach it directly, I find it infuses much of my teaching. The more we learn about our subject, the more we have to draw on when we are engaged in the act of teaching. education enthusiasm learning passion pedagogy teaching

Digital identity

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Educators need to understand this when they teach online. What's more, they are placed into the context of online learning, digital pedagogy, social and psychological theory and teaching in the technology enabled world of the virtual classroom.

Learning by design?

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A recent tweet by Jason Elsom made me sit up and take notice: 'We need to stop designing schools for teaching and start designing schools for learning.' We can either place an emphasis on teaching or we can privilege learning as the most important facet of education. Do we want them to learn what is inside our heads, and the content of textbooks, or do we want them to go beyond this knowledge and discover new ideas for themselves?

Reflections of a mooc unvirgin

E-Learning Provocateur

Eventually I settled on The University of Edinburgh’s E-learning and Digital Cultures mooc, because it targeted practising e-learning professionals who “want to deepen their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age”, not to mention the fact I was fascinated by its coverage of popular culture. Some of the learnings were implicit thoughts that were made explicit, while others were novel ideas to which I would otherwise have remained ignorant.

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Space for exploration

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Photo from RosanBosch website I like the idea of schools without classrooms. Watching the 2018 documentary Bauhaus Spirit on Sky Arts this week brought this idea back to life. I have visited a few schools that have attempted to create spaces without classrooms, and have seen partial implementation of the idea, resulting in some success. design Digital education joyful learning learning pedagogy Rosan Bosch spaces teaching Technology The future

Learning first, technology second

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Many teachers welcome the idea of bringing new technology into the classroom. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. In mathematics, I have seen interactive whiteboards used very effectively to teach number bonds and floor robots can be used successfully to teach geometry and algorithms. Are your staff on board with this idea?

Flipping the teacher

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Today, the idea of flipping the classroom is a familiar one. The idea that teachers should become students so that their students can act as teachers may still be contentious and problematic, but I believe that as we see more flipped classroom approaches, the argument for also flipping the role of the teacher will become more compelling, and eventually more acceptable. We learn by teaching. Ask students to peer-teach.

9 Terms That Create the Language of Modern Blended Learning

InSync Training

Words matter -- especially when trying to communicate new ideas and teach new concepts. Their goal is to integrate content, exercises, and assessment, into a seamless curriculum, regardless of what delivery technologies or instructional pedagogies are used. The time has finally come to take the ‘e’ out of eLearning. Pause for applause.). Terms like microlearning, virtual classrooms, and mobile learning no longer resonate with our learners.

5 of the best

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My top five individual blog posts of 2016, measured by hit count and the number of comments, are as follows: Digital Literacies in the age of remix (13054 hits, 9 comments) 7 ways to assess without testing (8692 hits, 3 comments) What we think about technology (6623 hits, 4 comments) Cheating watch scandal (6095 hits, 13 comments) What is innovative teaching? Routine and schedule can be a huge barrier to new ideas, and creative pedagogy is often stifled due to lack of time or support.

Jasmine's tent

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A simple idea of tying together some branches of wood was all that was needed and now she is included in the learning. Sometimes it's the simple ideas that make all the difference. autism learning pedagogy spaces teachingPhoto by Steve Wheeler There is a large, flexible learning space in Ormiston Junior College on the outskirts of Auckland. It's called a modern learning environment or MLE. In one of the corners, near a large window is Jasmine's tent.

Power sharing

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In my last post I discussed Daniel S Christian''s three trends of an emerging pedagogy. I speculated on whether a new social divide might also emerge as a result of the new pedagogy he outlines. Christian argues that much of the change we are currently witnessing in teaching methods is driven by new technologies. Students will also need to be more willing to share their ideas and work with each other, and to collaborate more closely in the learning process.