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Looking Back Over the Horizon: Critical Reflections on Learning Futures

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Presentation at EdTech 2015, Irish Learning Technology Association, University of Limerick, Limerick, 27th May, 2015.

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Looking Back Over the Horizon: Critical Reflections on Learning Futures

  1. 1. Looking Back Over the Horizon: Critical Reflections on Learning Futures Mark Brown EdTech 2015 Conference 27th May 2015
  2. 2. http://www.icde.org
  3. 3. Fernglen 1876
  4. 4. Anchoring statement… “No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his [her] mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.” (Donald Foster, 2002; cited in Wikipedia)
  5. 5. A credible source…
  6. 6. “Self-study as an established genre of educational research has grown dramatically over the last 15 years, and in 1999 was acknowledged by Zeicher as research that could potentially have the greatest impact on teacher education and transformation of practice” (p.xiii). 2009 Methodological approach…
  7. 7. “Who controlsthe past commands the future. Who commands the future conquersthe past.” (George Orwell) Futures orientation…
  8. 8. 1. My impressions 2. Self-critical report card 3. Unraveling entangled discourses Looking Back Over the Horizon: Critical Reflections on Learning Futures
  9. 9. “All education is political” Central thesis…
  10. 10. “An educational change is neither natural nor normal, constant nor common as it involves a deeper struggle over who will win control of the curriculum” (Evans, 1996, p.25).
  11. 11. 1. My impressions
  12. 12. 1. My impressions
  13. 13. 1. My impressions
  14. 14. What has surprised me? 1. My impressions
  15. 15. What has surprised me? • 3Cs 1. My impressions
  16. 16. What has surprised me? • 3Cs • Self-effacing 1. My impressions
  17. 17. What has surprised me? • 3Cs • Self-effacing • Lumpy Infrastructure 1. My impressions
  18. 18. What has surprised me? • 3Cs • Self-effacing • Lumpy Infrastructure • Inequitable Funding Model 1. My impressions
  19. 19. What has surprised me? • 3Cs • Self-effacing • Lumpy Infrastructure • Inequitable Funding Model • Strong Relationship with US 1. My impressions
  20. 20. What has surprised me? 1. My impressions
  21. 21. • Resilience What has surprised me? 1. My impressions
  22. 22. • Resilience • Level of Innovation What has surprised me? 1. My impressions
  23. 23. • Resilience • Level of Innovation • Professional Freedom What has surprised me? 1. My impressions
  24. 24. • Resilience • Level of Innovation • Professional Freedom • Vibrancy of Student Bodies What has surprised me? 1. My impressions
  25. 25. • Resilience • Level of Innovation • Professional Freedom • Vibrancy of Student Bodies • Strong External Engagement What has surprised me? 1. My impressions
  26. 26. ? What has surprised you about me? 1. My impressions
  27. 27. 1. My impressions What has surprised you about me?
  28. 28. 2. Self-critical report card
  29. 29. Officially launched 28th November, 2013 by Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, and Lord David Putnam, Ireland’s Digital Ambassador. http://www.dcu.ie/nidl 2. Self-critical report card
  30. 30. External Focused Internal Focused WeakImpact StrongImpact External External Internal Internal 2. Self-critical report card
  31. 31. 2. Self-critical report card • Mission • Planning Framework • Professional Events • Research Network • Scholarly Outputs • DCU Connected • Loop Internal…
  32. 32. 2. Self-critical report card • Staffing • Incorporation • Annual Report • Demand-led Model • Program Development • Agreed Research Strands • Blended Learning Definitions • Redevelopment of Learning Spaces Internal…
  33. 33. 2. Self-critical report card • Profile • Peak Events • Advisory Board • Strategic Relationships • National Funded Projects • European Funded Projects • Professional Associations • Horizon Report External…
  34. 34. 2. Self-critical report card • Funding Model • Professional Trust • Unit Level Collaboration • Gender Representation • Policy Framework • National Forum External…
  35. 35. Relationships with other Irish Institutions Internal Impact within DCU Sense of Purpose OVERALL SCORE CARD Very Poor Mixed Very GoodGood International Links and Partnerships 2. Self-critical report card Influence on the Irish Policy Landscape Level of Research and Scholarly Activity External Impact Outside of DCU Poor
  36. 36. 2. Self-critical report card What else? Finally…
  37. 37. 3. Unraveling entangled discourses
  38. 38. 3. Unraveling entangled discourses Techno-centric Perspective Human-centric Perspective Demon Perspective Technocratic Dream Technological Determinism Libertarian Perspective Social Determinism Technocratic Nightmare
  39. 39. Current emphasis on education in change needs to shift to the language of education for change. 3. Unraveling entangled discourses
  40. 40. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking (or ran out of time) Conclusion
  41. 41. “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” George Bernard Shaw Conclusion The Public Intellectual…
  42. 42. Thank You!
  43. 43. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz
  44. 44. Contact details… www.dcu.ie/nidlmark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz www.slideshare.net/mbrownz

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