Professional Activism?

What comes to mind when you think of ‘profes­sional activism’? (Inspired by Tara Goode) Images of picket signs and strike lines? Press confer­ences and letters to the editor? Politics? Social justice? Environ­men­talism? What about manage­ment meetings, commit­tees and workgroups and education?

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Design Theory For Our Futures

We need new ways to think about our world in transition. Fortunately, half a century ago Paulo Freire gave us a way of thinking. He stated: ‘there is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom’, the means by which men and woman deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world’. 

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From Delivering Courses to Facilitating Learning

The first important point to make is that the education system, in most cases, is designed to resist change as much as possible. The system has for nearly a hundred years become very fixated on efficiency and the belief in a one best way to do something for all people. Rees (2001) states: ‘as curricula standardizes around high-stakes exams, teachers become, in essence, educational delivery systems rather than skilled professionals’. Happily, this is slowly beginning to change. 

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Higher Education Needs Strategic Investment in Learning Design

Digital learning has leapt from an often secondary concern to a core strategic issue for higher education over the past six months. COVID-19 has been the catalyst for the potential digital transformation of higher education. Sparking an intense period of reorganisation that will surely be followed by necessary innovation and investment.

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How Do You Transform Uncertainty into Opportunity

From time to time I speak to friends of mine who have a business. One restores classic cars, a few are consultants and one is a personal trainer, coach and athlete. What they have in common is that we talk about how you plan for an uncertain future. We come up with many questions. How can we apply new ways of thinking? How do we identify actions that we have not thought about before? How do we know when to act? It all comes down to one question: how do we transform uncertainty into opportunity? 

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Empowering Students to Shape the Emerging Future?

What kind of future do you envision? What are the competences that a student of the present should master in order to be able to shape a sustainable future? As an educator, how can you support your students in such a way that they will be able to find their own answers? Asking these questions is about empowerment. If you want to know what an empowered learner is: check my other blogpost. Lees verder “Empowering Students to Shape the Emerging Future?”

Now We Are Online, What Should We Do Next?

Never in the past decade, since I’ve been professionally engaged with it, have I seen so much written about online learning on a daily basis. It has certainly become a fashionable topic. Many different opinions being debated, thankfully also a lot of useful tips on how to move courses online in an effective manner. But while the corona crisis brought online learning to the front page, we should by no means take it for granted. This forced sudden boost in popularity will not have (only) positive consequences for teaching and learning in the virtual environment. Lees verder “Now We Are Online, What Should We Do Next?”

Teaching in Times of the Corona Crisis is about Hope

Many posts are offering tips, do’s and don’t’s or teaching strategies to support students and help them continue to learn during this time of uncertainty. Lees verder “Teaching in Times of the Corona Crisis is about Hope”

How to Update Higher Education

It’s time to ask ourselves the question: how to update the educational system? How can higher education tackle the technological, environmental, and social disruptions of the 21st century? Lees verder “How to Update Higher Education”

Facilitation is Key in Learning Now

As new ways of working are popping up all over the world, so does learning. Agile, scrum, appriciated inquiry and start-up methods are challenging the status quo. This shift is driven out of the perspective to collaborate more. Making space for better, more innovative work and learning! Silos are breaking, networks are forming and co-creation is booming with the purpose to stay. So why is facilitation now more crucial than ever and why are facilitators in such high demand at the moment? Let’s break it down. Lees verder “Facilitation is Key in Learning Now”