Be More Futureproof

Higher education is a very nice place to work because their is so much going on. Are we in a need for change? Yes! The sense of urgency to innovate isn’t felt by everyone. Yet anyone who thinks that a decade from now higher education will look much as it does today is sadly mistaken. (meer…)

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Reality Pedagogy

Teaching is about more than just having a bunch of information to disseminate to the empty vessels- students- in front of you.
The concept behind reality pedagogy is that before teachers can teach anything, they must understand the realities of their students. (meer…)

Changing Employment Patterns

At what point do educators have a responsibility to face the radically changing employment patterns facing our students? And how can we re-think university to complement, not compete with, their informal learning? To my opinion, the discourse surrounding formal learning is becoming further detached from the lessons I see when learning happens outside formal boundaries. The grades that students recieve for their university projects matter little compared to the comments found on their blogs, or the feedback they recieve during interships.  (meer…)

Hack Your Classroom

At heart, education is all about empowering people. It is widely understood that learning is a product of passion and not test taking. Instead of teaching us to create, education taught us to copy, memorize and keep scores. Pretty much the same qualities we look for in machines. Our current school system is built on the belief that education is a form of programming. But people don’t belong to education. Schools should become facilitators of passion instead of directors of course material. Their efforts would be unmeasurable by current standards, because individual passion can’t be standardized. The only measurement of any importance would be happiness, achievements, and sense of fulfillment of graduates over time. Education need to stimulate the hacker, hustler and hipster mindset. Let hack your classroom!

learning how to learn

In current education students are not only rewarded for shallow learning, they’re punished for deep learning. Educators have to shift their focus from judging and grading towards gaining understanding and learning how to learn. Education should focus more on understanding. Understanding requires going ‘offroad’. Educators can help to set students on the road to mastery — learning how to learn.

hacker, hustler and hipster mindset

People with a hacker, hustler and hipster mindset see learning as a natural process of pursuing one’s personal goals, in which they construct meaning by filtering information and experiences through their unique perceptions, thoughts and feelings. Many people would agree that ‘experience is the best teacher’ but I believe that experience by itself teaches nothing. You need to interpret your experience against a theory. Only then can you understand learning in the context of a system. A theory is a model of reality that can be used to explain, predict, or master a particular phenomenon. It’s provides a framework for experience, so you can understand what happens at the system level.

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what is it?

A hackers mentality is all about making new ideas or initiatives happen. The MacGyver of society. In education it’s represented in the makers-movement. Hustler are people who have the brilliant, sometimes crazy, ideas that will revolutionise the world. They need the hackers mindset and others people to help them create and build their visions. A hipsters mindset is to make sure the final product or service is cooler than anything else out there.

how to hack?

Start with hacking your classroom. An educational hack can be seen as taking an idea or tool that you see and make it your own. You think about it, connect it to something you know to make meaning, and then you create something new from it. A hacker mentality can change the way you teach and your students learn. It isn’t always comfortable but I encourage you to take the risk. At the end: it isn’t rocket science, it is simply thinking – connecting – creating.

An hacked classroom is a place where a learning experience takes place and a forward movement is created.

These process is at the center of how I function as an educator. It is important to understand how you approach the creative and learning process. Please share your thoughts and put a comment so we can change education and learning for the better.

Educators, We Have to Disrupt Ourselves

Disruptive moments in teaching are created by the growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between classroom and life experience. Our understanding of learning has grown at a rate that has outpaced our conception of teaching. (meer…)

MOOCs: What Higher Education Can Learn From It

In the last twenty years sharing knowledge and information has become very easy because of the explosion of internet technology. This has led to new pedagogical possibilities, also in the field of education. Modern education represents a fusion of powerful communication technologies, internet literacy, and pedagogical innovation which is developing into a new creative paradigm for education. (meer…)

The Classroom Is Dead

Educators all around the world are trying to engage students in innovative ways. The biggest problem is that classrooms are often the last places where innovation starts. Unfortunately school management and even teachers are slow to allow new technologies and innovation within their education. (meer…)