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So if reform is not educational innovation, what is?
Lisa Dawley Keynote
Boise State University<br />Designing for Serendipty in Educational InnovationLisa Dawley, Dept. of Educational Technology<br />
“To innovateis not to reform” Edmund Burke<br />1<br />3<br />2<br />How we become innovators<br />Design for serendipitous learning<br />Importance of serendipity<br />
1<br />How do we become educational innovators?<br />
Educational innovation Geoff Colvin<br />Innovative breakthroughs require years of intensive preparation<br />Enthusiastic immersion in a domain results in deep, rich knowledge<br />New ideas spur on more new ideas, networks generate cycles of innovation<br />Give freedom to innovate<br />
How: Deliberate Practice & Opportunity<br />A lifelong period of deliberate effort to improve performance in a specific domain Geoff Colvin<br />Know where you want to go, and identify next steps<br />Practice directly, master what you don’t know<br />Practice self-regulation before, during & after the work<br />Deepen your knowledge with mental models**Multiplier effect: improvement over time increases drive. Extrinsic motivators can be useful in early stages.<br />
2<br />Importance of serendipity<br />making fortunate discoveries while looking for something unrelated<br />
Serendipity is a major component of scientific discoveries and inventionsKey component of business intelligence<br />Penicillin<br />Silly putty<br />Mauve<br />Teflon<br />Scotchguard<br />Cellophane<br />Chocolate chip cookies<br />Christopher Columbus<br />Grounded theory (patterns)<br />
How do we go off-course when curriculum is standardized, accountable, and tested?<br />
3<br />4 Design Ideas for Serendipitous Learning and Innovation<br />
Why PLNs?<br />Overcomes isolation of online teachers/learners<br />Supports serendipitous knowledge construction through distributed nodes and networks<br />Empowers learners to become self-led, independent knowledge seekers and creators<br />Allows customization of learning paths specific to individual interests or needs<br />It’s fun and you can take it with you!<br />
To sum it up<br />Excellence and innovation come through deliberate practice<br />Serendipity is a necessary aspect of innovation<br />Opportunities for serendipity can be designed into learning environments and curriculum<br />PLNs, content creation, play, learner choice<br />