Changing our Educational Institutions


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How do we change our educational institutions to stay competitive and qualitative for the next 20 years?

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Changing our Educational Institutions

  1. 1. Changing our Educational Institution Inge de Waard
  2. 2. The educational storm is coming <ul><li>learning and learning institutions are at a turning point </li></ul><ul><li>Global institutional reform is happening, </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions in North AND South are willing to come of age </li></ul><ul><li> (picture: Dear Chicka ) </li></ul>
  3. 3. The storm affects us all <ul><li>Learners become more autonomous and globally active </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers are no longer the sage on the stage </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is no longer confined to walls of any institution </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is pervasive and global </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge production is exponential </li></ul>(picture by Nathalie J. Williams )
  4. 4. Long-term planning is essential <ul><li>=> Change is inevitable </li></ul>
  5. 5. Prepare for 21 st century learning realities <ul><li>Tailor pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Changes within the institution </li></ul><ul><li>Locate strategic benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Overcome challenges </li></ul><ul><li>It is all about collaboration, lifelong & ubiquitous learning, connecting & networking </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1. Tailor pedagogy Create a pedagogy that fits 21 st century reality… REALLY
  7. 7. Educational quality <ul><li>What is educational quality for us? Is it … </li></ul><ul><li>Critical pedagogy (e.g. Paulo Freire )? </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening networked learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Up-to-date content? </li></ul><ul><li>Rigorous content quality? </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul><ul><li>quality affects pedagogy and visa versa </li></ul><ul><li>=> these choices build our brains </li></ul>
  8. 8. Learner-centered <ul><li>Self-regulated learning </li></ul><ul><li>Critical analysis is essential </li></ul><ul><li>Enable career opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Use learner’s field expertise and add to their needs </li></ul><ul><li>Support PLE (personal learning environment) </li></ul>Specialty of the learner is constructed by the learner: allow self-constructed learning to occur, especially with PhD and post docs
  9. 9. Facilitator between the learners <ul><li>Professor = no longer the sage on the stage, </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers become facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing and exchanging knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Opening professional networks </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. CCKxx , Quest to learn </li></ul>
  10. 10. Embed innovative technologies <ul><li>If you are a small educational institution, pure DE won’t save you, there are too many big players already on the scene; but DE techniques can be implemented in learning & used for lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative technologies improve learning IF they are used for the right purpose </li></ul><ul><li>New communication techniques offer quicker and more in-depth access to relevant content </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. simulations , live data (GIS), augmented reality , mobile pervasive learning </li></ul>
  11. 11. 2. Changes within the institution (picture taken from Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) website: ) Choose your area of the bigger brain & create an educational genius
  12. 12. Institutional collaboration: strategic alliances <ul><li>Partnerships = survival (global village) </li></ul><ul><li>HUBs are increasing (University of Queensland, Australia; Uni of Pretoria, …), specialized teachers from partner institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Take on one part of an overall highly specialized course with partner institutions that you trust </li></ul>Competition is all around us, but only TRUST will save us Huge uni’s can provide full and complete curricula, smaller institutions have to specialize TRUST & COOPERATE
  13. 13. Advantages of being small <ul><li>Small educational institutions that offer highly specialized topics via new contemporary pedagogies can: </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt quick to change </li></ul>
  14. 14. Learner collaboration extends the institution <ul><li>Allowing informal learning </li></ul><ul><li>Using innovative communication technologies (social media, education2.0) </li></ul><ul><li>Providing places were content/expertise/knowledge can be exchanged with potential future partners </li></ul>Learning is no longer (was it ever?) confined to the institution, so how do we create a global, strong learning environment?
  15. 15. Ubiquitous and authentic learning <ul><li>Ubiquitous learning : technology is all around us. History states that technological shifts define global outcomes: let’s learn everywhere. Collaborate with (national/international) educational institutions that build apps. </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic learning : learning much closer to the subject and within the context of the learner </li></ul>
  16. 16. 3. Locate strategic benefits <ul><li>Educational Google? Can our educational start-up be part of a whole? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Finding the niche/gap <ul><li>Localize the dire priority for knowledge: </li></ul><ul><li>what can we offer that is not offered? Or will increasingly be needed </li></ul>
  18. 18. Lifelong learning = keeping updated <ul><li>keeping people updated in a Community of Practitioners </li></ul>
  19. 19. Who finds us? And how? <ul><li>What is our profile to the outside world? </li></ul><ul><li>Get alumni in the picture </li></ul><ul><li>Motivate learners that use 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Be visible as an educational institution </li></ul><ul><li>Be promoted by your alumni </li></ul>
  20. 20. Focusing on top learners? <ul><li>If you cannot offer all, offer specialty </li></ul><ul><li>Focusing on PhD and post docs increases research status, and brings in experience from the field </li></ul><ul><li>But these students want MORE , they expect innovative technologies that will deepen their understanding and enable localized, context rich tailoring => so prepare your pedagogical approach </li></ul>
  21. 21. 4. Overcoming challenges (Another great cartoon by Nick D Kim, .)
  22. 22. Cheap learning <ul><li>What if learning can be purchased cheaper elsewhere? </li></ul>What is our educational surplus in a global master world?
  23. 23. What makes us stand out? <ul><li>How can we insure this outstanding position? </li></ul><ul><li>Critical medical thinking? </li></ul><ul><li>just-in-time medical snippets? </li></ul><ul><li>sharp diagnosis (tools)? </li></ul><ul><li>New age pedagogies? </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on local learner segment? </li></ul><ul><li>What is our position in the long tail of learning? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Questions? Engage!
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