Tune Up Your Learning Environment

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Educational challenges... This trip takes you to a reflection on the use of learning outcomes, the role of the learner, quality assurance, sparkling learning environments and interconnection... 5 stars, 5 recommendations!

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Tune Up Your Learning Environment

  1. 1. - a short reflection about educational challenges for 2013 -Up to a 5 starlearning environment!
  2. 2. Check out with me 5 major changes/suggestions to createa future proof instructional and curriculum design…
  3. 3. Is this familiar to you?
  4. 4. Honestly, I’m bored… to hear about learning outcomes. For too manyyears now, people have been focusing on this as if it is or can be the(only) drive for good education!From the Ministry of Education to universities to headmasters andteacher trainers... everybody worries about refining, updating,implementing learning outcomes.Well, enough,… forget about learning outcomes!FORGET ABOUT…
  5. 5. In my opinion,learning outcomes are• pretentious• unrealistic• endless listed• useless• and simply creepy for studentsWhy forget about…?
  6. 6. What is feasible…?Not everything that can be counted, counts.Not everything that counts, can be counted.ALBERT EINSTEINCompetences/learning outcomes:
  7. 7. Don’t waste your time andjust draw some general competencesbased on the well-known BLOOM-matrix: goals, aims for knowledge,skills, attitudes…linked to your discipline / course / training.Put your energy in what really matters, the next stars,…… so what’s up?
  8. 8. Try to engage the learnerin the whole cycle of the learning process.Nowadays it’s very common to engage the learner in the learningactivities with assignments, group work, collaborative tools andtasks.Good! Of course!“ENGAGE ME OR ENRAGE ME”
  9. 9. However, 3 interesting challenges remainand they are situated,where you would less expect them:in the preparation and the tail of the learningevent*…* let’s call it an event: the course, training, methodology, interaction,…Engage…
  10. 10. Take your time to draw together,at least:1. some essential competences / L.O.2. the design of the learning event3. the assessmentEngage…
  11. 11. • Use the Deming circle,Plan Do Check Act/Adjust, to design thecurriculum and to engage the learner in each stepyou make.• This model for reflection is well known in itsapplications of Quality Management but it is aperfect and in fact a wonderful basic tool for theinstructional designer.Think PDCA!THINK DEMING
  12. 12. Think PDCA ánd link, connect,realize each step of the PDCAwith the learner.- see 4 and 5 too -THINK DEMING
  13. 13. Creativity is the drive toestablish an attractivelearning environment.MAKE LEARNING EXCITING
  14. 14. Books and books havebeen written about theadded value of usingnew media. Well, OK.Although, don’t get lostin games, social media,learning managementsystems and otherdigital torture…
  15. 15. Books and books about new methodologies.Well, OK. Veryinspiring but once again, some trainers get dragged into a flashywhirlwind of methodologies…and so do…the learners!Don’t get lost in the wood,never able to find the treasure…
  16. 16. • is not about trying out as much as possible, using loads oftools and methodologies you don’t connect with…• is all about the right and well-balancedcocktail of approaches and methodologies!not flashy but eclecticSo… making learning exciting …
  17. 17. Try to connect.. or even more: interconnect!Star 1 – 4 are about connecting too, but there is more…INTERCONNECTThere are 2 dimensionsand 3 different layers in this connection.That’s how it became… an interconnection.
  18. 18. Connect with the learners’1) Experience:what are the experiences related to…2) Talents*:what are his/her strengths, natural talents/gifts,…3) Learning style:how he/she learns the bestInterconnecting, dimension 1…* Recommended literature: Luk Dewulf
  19. 19. Connect with the learners’1) Experience:what are the experiences related to…=> is obvious, it is basicallythought in every teacher training
  20. 20. Connect with the learners’2) Talents*:what are his/her strengths, natural talents/gifts,…* Recommended literature: Luk Dewulf
  21. 21. Nature x nurtureBut… “use it or loose it”…=> Do we use this in education?!Competence based vss a talent orientated education
  22. 22. Connect with the learners’3) Learning style:how he/she learns the best
  23. 23. rememberVygotsky…Now, just connecting…is not enough…zone of proximal development=> we should be challenging
  24. 24. … let’s put himin a slightly updated version…zone of proximal development
  25. 25. Youshouldbe here
  26. 26. Flowis the mental state of operation in which a personperforming an activity is fully immersed in a feeling ofenergized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in theprocess of the activity.Proposed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the positivepsychology concept has been widely referenced across avariety of fields.
  27. 27. Vygotsky,Mihaly,AND the theory of connectivity, dimension 1,We can replace the skills in this model,relating the challengesto the experience, talents and learning stylesummarising
  28. 28. experience, talents& learning styleTheperfectmatch…
  29. 29. Connect with your own1) experience2) talents3) learning styleInterconnecting, dimension 2…
  30. 30. Relating and macro connecting star 1 – 5 we can summarize that the right way toa 5 star learning experience involves alsoconnecting your strengthsto those of the learnersThis will generate the best basic conditions for learning:support, feedback and challengesin search of the right learning leverage
  31. 31. Individual matches. That’s when learning becomes really exciting,for both, the teacher/trainer and the learner. And that’s exactlyhow it should be. In the end, both are learners up to a 5 star learning environment…
  32. 32. Reflected?!

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