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Ten Theses on Do-It-Together Learning


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Ten Theses on Do-It-Together Learning

  1. 1. Ten  Theses  on  Do-­‐It-­‐Together  Learning Prof.  Dr.  Trebor  Scholz The  New  School,  NYC Metropolitan  Museum,  NYC.   February  29
  2. 2. There  is  not  a  person  -­‐  students,  teachers,  administrators  -­‐  who  believes  that  the  current  education  system  is  working.     -­‐Cathy  Davidson  at  MobilityShifts,  October  2011
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  4. 4. Education  as  Social  PracticeIn  1915,  the  founder  of  The  New  School,  John  Dewey,  emphasized  that  education  does  not  only  take  place  in  schools  and  that  it  ought  to  prepare  learners  for  democratic  citizenship.    
  5. 5. 1)  The  current  educational  system  is  not  working.
  6. 6. 2)  In  the  midst  of  the  worst  >inancial  crisis  in  living  memory,  whats  necessary  for  positive  institutional  change  is  for  administrators  to  provide  incentives  for  innovation  and  experimentation  of  programming  efforts.
  7. 7. Today,  the  1970s  models  of  DIY  universities  meet  the  technological  opportunities  of  the  Social  Web.   •  Free  University  Movement  (Berkeley,  Berlin,  etc) •  Peer  to  Peer  University •  University  of  the  People   •  Edu  Factory •  Khan  Academy •  Public  School
  8. 8. tuition  free
  9. 9. The  University  of  the   People  offers  high  quality,  tuition   free  global   online   education   in   business   administration   and  c o m p u t e r   s c i e n c e .   D e s i g n e d   f o r   e c o n o m i c a l l y  underdeveloped  countries,  50%  of   enrolled  students   are  US  American.   tuition  free
  10. 10. 3)  Museums  as  intermediary  spaces  for  informal,  participatory  learning.
  11. 11. Dedicated  spaces  for  participatory  learning  in  museumsBlended  Learning  (intelligent  use  of  digital  media  +  face  to  face,  digital  media  as  hook-­‐  user-­‐generated  content  tagging,  blogging,  podcasting,  game  production)“Interest-­‐driven  learning,”  “project-­‐based  learning  and  self-­‐direction”  (Ito  et  al,  2009)“The  goal  is  not  to  provide  a  few  classes  to  teach  a  few  skills;  the  goal  is  for  participants  to  learn  to  express  themselves  Jluently  through  digital  media.”  (Resnik,  Rusk,  and  Cook  1998)
  12. 12. 4)  Learning  is  taking  place  in  many  places  at  any  time.
  13. 13. Provide    a  continuous,  learner-­‐centered  experience,  connect  experiences  inside  and  out  of  the  museumEmphasizing  legitimacy  of  supplementing  school,  and  university  curriculum  with  museums  programs  (“learning  from  and  with  objects,”  media  production)  
  14. 14. 5)    Social  instigators  rather  than  authoritative  professionals  should  lead  communities  in  the  co-­‐creation  of  museum  experiences.
  15. 15. Teachers  function  as  “learning  sommeliers”  or  learning  coaches.
  16. 16. 6)  Cross-­‐generational  learning
  17. 17.  Cross-­‐generational  and  diverse:  Pre-­‐college  learners  (middle  school  and  high  school)University  studentsRetired  professionals  Each  class  should  have  a  percentage  of  those  learners.
  18. 18. 7)  Experiment  with  new  models  of  accreditation  (e.g.,  open  badges)
  19. 19. The  proposed  New  School  Commons  is  an  ‘Ivy  League  community  college.’
  20. 20. 8)  Peer  assessment:  completely  learner  administered.  Expenses  only  focus  directly  on  learning.
  21. 21. 9)  Work  with  open  educational  resources.  Research  is  published  open  access.
  22. 22. Faculty is committed to the social relevance of theirteaching and research.Research and syllabi are published open access.
  23. 23. 10)  Museums  should  actively  support  Do-­‐It-­‐Together  Learning.
  24. 24. Learners  administer  themselvesPeer  to  peer  assessment  
  25. 25. thanks  for  listening!