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Stone Wiske. Teaching for Understanding: the role of ICT and e-Learning


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Presentation by Stone Wiske at International Seminar e-Learning Around the World: Achievements, Challenges and Broken Promises.
CaixaForum, Barcelona. 7 June 2013.

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Stone Wiske. Teaching for Understanding: the role of ICT and e-Learning

  1. 1. E-Learning around the Worldelearning-seminar .uoc.edu7 June 2013Teaching for Understanding:the role of ICT and E-learning
  2. 2. Educating for theUnknownDataInformationKnowledgeUnderstandingWisdom
  3. 3. Reconsider Understanding• How do you know you understand it?Understanding is a capability to apply your knowledgeflexibly and effectively in various situationsUnderstanding is demonstrated and developedthrough performances of understandingThink of something you understand well:• How did you develop this understanding?
  4. 4. Teaching for Understanding Framework:based on collaborative research conducted at theHarvard Graduate School of EducationGenerative TopicsBuild the curriculum around important andaccessible topics that interest learners andteachersUnderstanding GoalsDefine explicit goals for learners’ understanding andmake goals public early and oftenPerformances of UnderstandingOn-going AssessmentProvide multiple, varied opportunities for learners toperform in ways that develop and demonstrate theirunderstandingAssess learners’ work frequently using publiccriteria that align with learning goals and suggestways to improveSupport reflective, collaborative learning communitiesof teachers and learnersGenerativeTopicsPerformancesofUnderstandingOngoingAssessmentUnderstandingGoals
  5. 5. Too often assessment does not supportunderstandingNot helpful feedback
  6. 6. How is teaching for understanding differentfrom traditional instruction?• Knowledge is a product• Teaching is transmission• Learning is reception• Students absorb and repeat• Exams test knowledge acquisition• Schools are organized to supportinstruction, not learning for understandingTraditional instruction:
  7. 7. How is teaching for understanding differentfrom traditional instruction?• Understanding is a process• Teaching is cultivation• Learning is constructing• Students think, apply, create, critique• Exams assess/promote expertise• Learning communities share authority andresponsibility among members• Schools are communities of inquiryTreaching for Understanding:
  8. 8. Teaching for Understanding:Engage Multiple Intelligences
  9. 9. Teaching for Understanding:Offer Students some Choices
  10. 10. Teaching for Understanding:Support Practical Inquiry Cycles
  11. 11. for Understanding:Make Thinking Visible andHelp Students Learn from OneAnother
  12. 12. Leaving the door unlocked islike giving away the keyTeaching for Understanding:Reflective, collaborative communities of learnersShare educational authority and responsibility
  13. 13. How can ICTs and E-Learning help?• Connect learning to life• Promote interactive learning• Support multiple intelligences• Enable students to pursue multiple pathways• Make learners’ thinking visible• Sustain Practical Inquiry Cycles…over time andacross distance• Foster ongoing assessment and revision• Connect communities of learners• Facilitate balance between teacher guidanceand learners’ intrinsically motivated inquiry