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Critical Tales Taking Us Off The Rails

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Invited keynote presentation at "Next Generation by Design", Barcelona, 21st May 2019.

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Critical Tales Taking Us Off The Rails

  1. 1. Professor Mark Brown Dublin City University
  2. 2. Next Generation by Design Barcelona, Spain 21st May 2019
  3. 3. “The light comes through the gaps” @mbrownz
  4. 4. The Rhetoric Reality Gap
  5. 5. State of Art vs. State of Actual Gap
  6. 6. Near vs. Far Gap
  7. 7. 2019 Conference Dublin @WCOL2019
  8. 8. 1. Broken promises 2. Competing digital futures 3. Venturing beyond the tracks Outline….
  9. 9. “All generalizations are dangerous, even this one” (Alexandre Dumas)
  10. 10. 1. Broken promises
  11. 11. “With the coming of the New Media, the need for print on paper will rapidly diminish. The day will soon arrive when the world’s literature will be available from The Automatic Library at the mere pressing of a button” (Uzanne, 1994; cited in McFarlane, 1997, p.173).
  12. 12. (Uzanne, 1894; cited in McFarlane, 1997, p.173). “With the coming of the New Media, the need for print on paper will rapidly diminish. The day will soon arrive when the world’s literature will be available from The Automatic Library at the mere pressing of a button”
  13. 13. “I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks,” (Thomas Edison, 1922)
  14. 14. “We will undoubtedly have lectures of every conceivable kind presented to us right in our homes, when practical television arrives, possibly a year or two off.” Short Wave Craft, 1935
  15. 15. Project Plato 1960s
  16. 16. Gartner Hype Cycle
  17. 17. “Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new environmental conditions, but retains core identity” (Weller & Anderson, 2013, p.55).
  18. 18. Off-Campus in Class Off-Campus Out of Class On-Campus in Class Formal Informal Out of Campus out of Class Physical VirtualLeakage
  19. 19. 2. Competing digital futures
  20. 20. 20+ years ago…
  21. 21. 2018
  22. 22. Different interest groups and stakeholders are borrowing the same ‘languages of persuasion’ to legitimize very different agenda
  23. 23. “It is theory that decides what we can observe”
  24. 24. • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR WORLDVIEWS COMPETING DIGITAL FUTURES
  25. 25. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR WORLDVIEWS COMPETING DIGITAL FUTURES
  26. 26. “And we’ve got to bring on the competition — open the schoolhouse doors and let parents choose the best school for their children. Education reformers call this school choice, charter schools, vouchers, even opportunity scholarships. I call it competition — the American way.” Donald Trump, in his book “The America We Deserve”
  27. 27. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR WORLDVIEWS Knowledge Society COMPETING DIGITAL FUTURES
  28. 28. “Education has a crucial role to play in laying the foundations of a society that is more inclusive, participatory and equal...” The President said “…the role of the university in enabling citizens to develop the tools to address the great challenges of our time – global poverty, climate change and sustainability – was vital.
  29. 29. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR WORLDVIEWS Knowledge Society COMPETING DIGITAL FUTURES • Democratic • Opening access • Micro credentials • Personalized learning • Competencies • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Increased market competition • Just society • Lifelong learning • Pillars of learning • Education for citizenry • Sifting agent • Human capital • Social cohension • Cultural heritage ReconceptualizingDeschooling ReschoolingReproducing
  30. 30. Education in Change Education for Change Navigating Through Entangled Narratives
  31. 31. 3. Venturing beyond the tracks
  32. 32. World Economic Forum (2016)
  33. 33. “The capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society, with the knowledge that a digital society is ever evolving” (p.18).
  34. 34. http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/bitstream/JRC101 254/jrc101254_digcomp%202.0%20the%20digital%20competen ce%20framework%20for%20citizens.%20update%20phase%20 1.pdf
  35. 35. http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/bitstream/JRC101 254/jrc101254_digcomp%202.0%20the%20digital%20competen ce%20framework%20for%20citizens.%20update%20phase%20 1.pdf
  36. 36. 2017 Carretero, S., Vuorikari, R., & Punie, Y. (2017). Available from http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repo sitory/bitstream/JRC106281/web- digcomp2.1pdf_(online).pdf
  37. 37. https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/jrcsh/files /DIGCOMP-FINAL- %20UPDATED%2002-06-2016.pdf
  38. 38. “You can’t follow standard routes and then expect to discover amazing new destinations”
  39. 39. Final remarks…
  40. 40. Final remarks…
  41. 41. Critical Consumers Critical Citizens RECONCEPTUALIST FRAMEWORK (Delors Report, 1972) LEARNING TO BE LEARNING TO KNOW LEARNING TO DO LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER Critical Thinkers
  42. 42. “Digital learning should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011)
  43. 43. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you
  44. 44. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon Thank you

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