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Philly Edtech RETHINK session final


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This talk was originally created for a Philly Edtech meetup to be held on April 10th 2014. The goal was to highlight why educators may be under-designing their education and new ways they should think about their role in learning.

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Philly Edtech RETHINK session final

  1. 1. Brian S. McGowan, PhD Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer Why Learning Theory Won’t Drive Change? April 10th 2014
  2. 2. Brian S. McGowan, PhD Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer Have you under-designed your learning experiences? April 10th 2014
  3. 3. If everyone knows that walking a few flights of stairs a day is better for your health, why do so few people use them? 3 Under-designed exercise
  4. 4. 4 Why do so many struggle to get up and out of bed each day despite any number of alarms we may set for ourselves? What if you had to do 25 curls before your alarm clock turned off? Under-designed ‘wake-up’
  5. 5. What if instead of telling us how to behave they would ‘show’ us how to do so? Under-designed Conservation
  6. 6. 6 Or better yet, what if it were more fun to invest our attention wisely? Under-designed Cleanliness
  7. 7. How would you design things if you accepted the role of Architect of the big picture? Under-designed Discipline
  8. 8. The underappreciated science of learner-centric design!
  9. 9. Unconscious Nudges: Priming
  10. 10. Disfluency Which of the wordswords on this slide do you think learnerslearners will remember the most?
  11. 11. Symbols
  12. 12. Nudges and Memory 40.5 38.1 31.8 0 10 20 30 40 50 Smashed Bumped Contacted Estimated Speed (MPH) “How fast were the cars going when they “____”?”
  13. 13. So what are the actions we need to design for in EdTech?
  14. 14. #1 Note Taking
  15. 15. 15 #2 Reminders
  16. 16. 16 #3 Questions
  17. 17. 17 #4 Collaboration
  18. 18. Learning Actions Nudges: Note-Taking and Reminders 18
  19. 19. Learning Actions Nudges: Social Triggering
  20. 20. How should we rethink edtech? An educator’s (new) obligations: 1.Acknowledge that learning and performance is influenced in complex yet controllable ways 2.Design the structure around your content that enables learning, and 3.Begin to effectively nudge your learners to take their natural learning actions in simple and efficient ways… 20
  21. 21. Brian S. McGowan, PhD Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer Why Learning Theory Won’t Drive Learning? April 10th 2014