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  • 1. The EACOS StrategyAn Approach to Reinventing our Pedagogical Ecosystem Tom Haymes, Director of Technology, Houston Community College, Northwest
  • 2. Rethinking the Ends of EducationRedefining the Educational Environment in an age of information abundance
  • 3. Surfing the Wave The world is changing outside of academia.Are we riding the wave or being engulfed by it?
  • 4. Rice,Chess,andMoore’s Law“Digital technologies changerapidly, but organizations andskills aren’t keeping pace. As aresult, millions of people arebeing left behind. Theirincomes and jobs are beingdestroyed, leaving them worseoff in absolute purchasing powerthan before the digitalrevolution.” -Brynjolfsson and McAfee, Race Against the Machine Source:
  • 5. Outsourcing Ourselves Daniel Pink (and many others): Technology and the evolution of work Are We Teaching the for the Wrong Era?
  • 6. Daniel Pink’s Three Questions1.Can someone overseas do it cheaper?2.Can a computer do it faster?3.Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance?
  • 7. Who Are the Best Chess Players?“The winner was revealed to be not agrandmaster with a state-of-the-art PC buta pair of amateur American chess playersusing three computers at the same time.Their skill at manipulating and “coaching”their computers to look very deeply intopositions effectively counteracted thesuperior chess understanding of theirgrandmaster opponents and the greatercomputational power of other participants.Weak human + machine +”better processwas superior to a strong computer aloneand, more remarkably, superior to a stronghuman + machine + inferior process.” - Gary Kasparov 2010/feb/11/the-chess-master-and-the- computer/
  • 8. Pink’s Six Skills1)Design: Moving beyondfunction to engage thesenses2)Story: Narrative added toproducts and services - notjust argument3)Symphony - Addinginvention and the bigpicture4)Empathy - Going beyondlogic and engaging emotionand intuition5)Play - Bringing humor and light-heartedness to your work6)Meaning - The purpose is the journey, internal motivation
  • 9. Adaptation Our technological environment is shiftingDo we adapt or die out? It all begins in the classroom
  • 10. The First Step: Rethinking Our Perceptions of Technology This is not a technology questionIt is a societal (and therefore pedagogical) question
  • 11. WickedProblems1) Rethink what it means toteach and reinvent everythingabout teaching2) Reimagine online learning3)Allow failure to be aspowerful a learning mode assuccess4) Make innovation part ofthe learning ethic5)Preserve digital expressionsof our culture and knowledge - 2013 NMC Horizon Project Summit
  • 12. The EACOS Model For Reinventing Our Pedagogical EnvironmentsFive Strategies for Redefining Pedagogical Models
  • 13. 1. Understandthe Ends ofwhat you aretrying toaccomplish
  • 14. Means vs. EndsUnless you are building it, a technology is never an End, it is only ever a Means to an End
  • 15. 2. Think of technology as anAugmentation of your teaching
  • 16. “We refer to a way of life in an integrated domain where hunches, cut-and-try, intangibles, and the human ‘feel for asituation’ usefully coexist with powerful concepts, streamlined technology and notation, sophisticated methods, and high- powered electronic aids.” - Douglas Engelbart, 1962
  • 17. 3. Creatively bridge barriers usingtechnology solutions to approach theproblem from a different perspective
  • 18. “The new age fairly glitters with opportunity but it is as unkind to the slow of foot as it is to the rigid of mind” - Daniel Pink
  • 19. Be Task Reflective: Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model
  • 20. 4. Always be on the lookoutfor technology Opportunities
  • 21. “The computer is simply an instrument whose music is ideas.” - Alan Kay
  • 22. 5. Take a Systemic approach totechnology
  • 23. A fundamental problem: We tend to viewtechnologies in isolation from ends, thehuman element, and other technologies.
  • 24. “Intellectual life and cultural development thrive inenvironments which make it easy to abstract, excerpt, borrow, and remix.” - John Naughton
  • 25. EACOS1. Focus on Ends2. Use Technology to Augment3. Engage in Creative problem-solving4. Pursue Opportunities5.Think Systemically
  • 26. Final Thoughts1. The End should always take precedence over the Means2. You cannot stand still3. The outside world should drive your pedagogical strategies, not technology
  • 27. What Now?• This presentation is at: haymest• New Media Seminar Resources at: http:// tom.haymes/new-media- seminar• Contact Me:
  • 28. Works Cited• Brynjolfsson, Erik; McAfee, Andrew, Race Against the Machine (Digital Frontier Press, 2011).• Engelbart, Douglas, “Augmenting Human Intellect” at• Naughton, John, What You Rea!y Need to Know About the Internet (London: Querecus, 2012)• New Media Consortium, The Horizon Report Higher-Ed Edition 2013, http://• New Media Consortium, “The Future of Education,”• Pink, Daniel, A Whole New Mind(New York: Penguin, 2006)• Puentedura, Ruben, “The SAMR Model: Six Exemplars” at