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Reimagining Education for Better Futures: An Intrepid Journey Through Time, Place and Space

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Invited keynote presentation at BB-ELT, Best of Britain and ELT in Colombia. Bogota, Colombia, 2nd August, 2018.

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Reimagining Education for Better Futures: An Intrepid Journey Through Time, Place and Space

  1. 1. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning Dublin City University Bogota, Colombia 2nd August 2018 Reimagining Education for Better Futures: An Intrepid Journey Through Time, Place and Space
  2. 2. @mbrownz
  3. 3. 1. Digital disruptions 2. Previous predictions 3. Towards better futures Outline….
  4. 4. 1. Digital disruptions
  5. 5. In 1980… 89% market share
  6. 6. “UK MOOC snatches world record for sign-ups. UK quality beating US $$?”
  7. 7. Different interest groups and stakeholders are borrowing the same ‘languages of persuasion’ to legitimize very different agenda
  8. 8. http://hackeducation.com
  9. 9. “It is theory that decides what we can observe”
  10. 10. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR WORLDVIEWS COMPETING DIGITAL FUTURES
  11. 11. “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”
  12. 12. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR WORLDVIEWS Knowledge Society COMPETING DIGITAL FUTURES
  13. 13. “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.
  14. 14. 2. Previous predictions
  15. 15. “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).
  16. 16. (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”
  17. 17. “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)
  18. 18. “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
  19. 19. Project Plato 1960s
  20. 20. Cuban, L. (1986). Teachers and machines: The classroom use of technology since 1920. New York: Teachers’ College Press. Subsided Enthusiasm Growing Support Bold Predictions Technology Expectation Cycle (1986)
  21. 21. Teachers’ mindsets play a key role in shaping innovative practices
  22. 22. Learning by sharing (Connectivist) “Learning by listening” (Instructionist) Learning by doing (Constructivist) Learning by making (Constructionist) Pedagogical Compass
  23. 23. Social Determinism Technocratic Nightmare Technocratic Dream Technological Determinism Techno-centric Perspective Human-centric Perspective Demon Perspective Libertarian Perspective Critics
  24. 24. “Technology-enhanced learning involves an ongoing cycle of hype, hope and disappointment” (Gouseti, 2010).
  25. 25. Gartner Hype Cycle
  26. 26. “Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new environmental conditions, but retains core identity” (Weller & Anderson, 2013, p.55).
  27. 27. Out of School in Class Out of School out of Class In School in Class Acquisition Participation In School out of Class Physical VirtualConvergence
  28. 28. Trowler, P., Ashwin, P. and Saunders, M. (2014). The Role of HEFCE in Teaching and Learning Enhancement: A Review of Evaluative Evidence. The Higher Education Academy, p.16. Bolting or Embedding?
  29. 29. 3. Towards better futures
  30. 30. Education in Change Education for Change Navigating Through Entangled Narratives
  31. 31. What type of education futures do we want new digital technology to serve?
  32. 32. Convergence needs to challenge our ideas of what constitutes the good society for better futures—for all
  33. 33. 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
  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. 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
  36. 36. https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/jrcsh/files /DIGCOMP-FINAL- %20UPDATED%2002-06-2016.pdf
  37. 37. ‘You can’t just take something off the shelf and expect it to work just because it looks good’ (Belshaw, 2017)
  38. 38. Final remarks…
  39. 39. Final remarks…
  40. 40. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you

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