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Learning across generations: The role
of technology and design research
Charalambos Vrasidas
Executive Director, CARDET
Pr...
Ageing Europe
From 4 working-age people to 2 for
every person aged 65+…
“… The demographic old-age
dependency ratio set to nearly
double...
Intergenerational learning
• Contributes to the policy areas of
community cohesion, community
safety, health, and well-bei...
ICT AFFORDANCES
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEbKM5lUMAAPUv3.jpg:large
• Society more
connected but
conflict rife
• World changing,
education must too
• New literacies
needed for society of
tom...
Life Skills
Collaboration Communication Empathy
Reflection Resilience
Problem
Solving
Global
Citizenship
Critical
Thinking...
Important Developments in Educational
Technology in European Schools (2014)
Horizon Report Europe: 2014
Characteristics of ICT
• Personalized
• Access
• Collaboration
• Immediacy
• Connections
• Communication
• Presence
• Supp...
All Together Now
• Producing short, first-person narratives
that can be presented in a variety of
traditional and social m...
BIG FOOT
• Mountain regions in Europe are centers of traditional
cultural and natural diversity.
• Migration of the younge...
Media and Learning Debate
• It is the medium that impacts learning?
• It is the method?
• It is the combination?
• It is t...
Black Box Theory
Age, SES, gender, family,
friends, health, context, food,
emotions, ethnicity, etc.
Students who do not use computers in math lessons
score highest in mathematics
450
460
470
480
490
500
510
520
-2 -1 0 1 2...
Students who do not use computers in math lessons
score highest in mathematics
• What kind of computers?
• What kind of so...
DESIGN RESEARCH
• “… uncovers the surprising roots
of hot button issues, from
teacher tenure to charter schools,
and finds that recent pop...
Criticism of Education Research
• Jargon terminology
• Driven by interests
• Placing heavy emphasis on positivist aims
• P...
“Design thinking can be described as
a discipline that uses the designer’s
sensibility and methods to match
people’s needs...
The Design Process
http://www.ideo.com
Characteristics of Design Thinking
• Creative process
• Human centered
• Situated and contextualized
• Culture and people ...
Design thinking as a framework
encourages us to act as
LEARNING ARCHITECTS
Educational Design Research
• Educational design research aims to advance research, design, and
practice
• Researchers and...
Iterative design research
McKenny 2001
CASE STUDIES
http://boysreading.org
35
http://e-reflect.wix.com/e-reflect
37
EAThink2015 – eat local, think global
http://www.play2prevent.org
Learning across generations: The role of technology and design research
Learning across generations: The role of technology and design research
Learning across generations: The role of technology and design research
Learning across generations: The role of technology and design research
Learning across generations: The role of technology and design research
Learning across generations: The role of technology and design research
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Presentation given the CARDET Innovative Learning Environments 2015 Annual conference with theme "Intergenerational learning and social networks"

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Learning across generations: The role of technology and design research

  1. 1. Learning across generations: The role of technology and design research Charalambos Vrasidas Executive Director, CARDET Professor and Associate Dean for e-learning, University of Nicosia www.vrasidas.com www.cardet.org pambos@cardet.org
  2. 2. Ageing Europe
  3. 3. From 4 working-age people to 2 for every person aged 65+… “… The demographic old-age dependency ratio set to nearly double over the long-term…”
  4. 4. Intergenerational learning • Contributes to the policy areas of community cohesion, community safety, health, and well-being by – bringing together different generations through meaningful activities and interactions, – increasing understanding between generations, breaking down stereotypes and providing positive role models, and – preventing anti-social behaviour and challenge perceptions (Schuller, 2010).
  5. 5. ICT AFFORDANCES
  6. 6. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEbKM5lUMAAPUv3.jpg:large
  7. 7. • Society more connected but conflict rife • World changing, education must too • New literacies needed for society of tomorrow • Learning throughout life in a complex and changing world http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002325/232555e.pdf
  8. 8. Life Skills Collaboration Communication Empathy Reflection Resilience Problem Solving Global Citizenship Critical Thinking Creativity
  9. 9. Important Developments in Educational Technology in European Schools (2014)
  10. 10. Horizon Report Europe: 2014
  11. 11. Characteristics of ICT • Personalized • Access • Collaboration • Immediacy • Connections • Communication • Presence • Support
  12. 12. All Together Now • Producing short, first-person narratives that can be presented in a variety of traditional and social media formats • Provide non-threatening production environments in which the process of creation is valued as much as the stories created • Story making and story distribution services that prioritize the power of individual voices
  13. 13. BIG FOOT • Mountain regions in Europe are centers of traditional cultural and natural diversity. • Migration of the younger population towards urban • Bridge this gap by establishing intergenerational learning and by valuating the skills and knowledge of the older generation of locals • Regional sustainable development. • Preservation of cultural heritage.
  14. 14. Media and Learning Debate • It is the medium that impacts learning? • It is the method? • It is the combination? • It is the technology design aspect? • What is it?
  15. 15. Black Box Theory Age, SES, gender, family, friends, health, context, food, emotions, ethnicity, etc.
  16. 16. Students who do not use computers in math lessons score highest in mathematics 450 460 470 480 490 500 510 520 -2 -1 0 1 2 Scorepoints Index of computer use in mathematics lessons Source: Figure 6.7 Paper-based mathematics Computer-based mathematics Highest score OECD average
  17. 17. Students who do not use computers in math lessons score highest in mathematics • What kind of computers? • What kind of software? • What level math? • What kinds of problems? • How are scores measured? • What instructional method is used? • How is feedback provided? • What other factors might influence learning? • How is learning measured?
  18. 18. DESIGN RESEARCH
  19. 19. • “… uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools— instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change.”
  20. 20. Criticism of Education Research • Jargon terminology • Driven by interests • Placing heavy emphasis on positivist aims • Published in areas that very few can access • Not presenting usable results • Not connected to practice • Lack of in-depth discussion and practical recommendations
  21. 21. “Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible” (Kelley)
  22. 22. The Design Process http://www.ideo.com
  23. 23. Characteristics of Design Thinking • Creative process • Human centered • Situated and contextualized • Culture and people roles (not with ICT) • A participatory system
  24. 24. Design thinking as a framework encourages us to act as LEARNING ARCHITECTS
  25. 25. Educational Design Research • Educational design research aims to advance research, design, and practice • Researchers and participants collaborate to design, implement, evaluate, and revise interventions with the aim of advancing both practical and theoretical knowledge. • Produce usable knowledge. • The researchers often times assume the designer role as well, highlighting a formative, participatory and reflective approach to knowledge generation. • The iterative nature of education design research in real world contexts among researchers and practitioners is an important aspect of the approach – (Design-Based Research Collective, 2003; McKenney & Reeves, 2012).
  26. 26. Iterative design research McKenny 2001
  27. 27. CASE STUDIES
  28. 28. http://boysreading.org
  29. 29. 35 http://e-reflect.wix.com/e-reflect
  30. 30. 37
  31. 31. EAThink2015 – eat local, think global
  32. 32. http://www.play2prevent.org

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