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?”

Stop Giving Grades in Higher Education

Grades define the contours of our higher educational system. Our society is even structurally dependent on grading performance. Just look at how the best jobs go to the students with the best grades. At first glance, the large-scale implementation of grades seems like a textbook example of efficiency improvement. Grades function as a simple and immediate feedback mechanism. They allow differences between students to be quantified and permit teachers to process more students in a shorter period of time. However, upon closer inspection, essential questions arise: Lees verder “Stop Giving Grades in Higher Education”

Streetart As A Learning Environment

Streetart and especially graffiti is one of the rawest expression and one of the safest of urban art. Graffiti ranges from the simplest of tags through the most complex of artistic creations. A tag is an individual sign, mostly a stylised name. The term streetart and graffiti relates to the fact that the art is unsanctioned, placed in public and often unwanted. Lees verder “Streetart As A Learning Environment”

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. Lees verder “MOOCs: What Higher Education Can Learn From It”

Bildung As A Theory of Learning

In higher education the concept of Bildung is introduced. Bildung (self-cultivation and self-realization) as a reflective tool and as a point of orientation and regulation.
In order to clarify the conception of Bildung theories of transformative learning may be helpful in explaining some of the core features. Lees verder “Bildung As A Theory of Learning”

 How To Create DIY Learning

The world has changed. Being a learner is more important than being learned. To have the best chance of happiness and success in the world students have to be able to flourish in freedom. Can you agree? Intellectually, you may be able to make sense of the arguments but the biggest barrier to rethinking education is our own experience. Lees verder ” How To Create DIY Learning”

Education Needs a Humanistic Approach 

eThe context of learning is changing. There is a lively public debate on the foundational principles for education. Rethinking education affect the organization of learning. This includes the recognition, validation and assessment of learning in a plural and interconnected world. I have written an other blogpost on humanism that can add some insides to this post. But first enjoy this post and feel free to comment or share. Lees verder “Education Needs a Humanistic Approach “

Playing Sports for Bigger Roles in Life

We know that sports and play kids are getting is good for their health. Or at least provides them with an attitude and exercises that are fun and have the oppertunity to involve them in a more active lifestyle. But that’s not the only motivation for encouraging children to participate in (organized) sports and play.

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Toekomstbestendig onderwijs? 

De onderwijsinspectie wil dat studenten met meer plezier naar college gaan en de overheid wil een lerende economie. Beide doelen kunnen we bereiken door trends eindelijk eens toe te gaan passen in het onderwijs, of dat nu ‘gamification’ of ‘de student als inspiratiebron’ is. Een opleiding kan innoveren door zich op te stellen als levend laboratorium. Welke trends zijn er dan? Wat is futureproof onderwijs? Dat is een goede vraag. Gebaseerd op persoonlijke ervaringen, overtuigingen en mentale modellen heeft elke opleider daar een beeld van. Regelmatig worden deze persoonlijke beelden verfijnd door resultaten van onderzoek, opinie en concepten die de revue passeren. Een onbewust en deels bewust proces dat een eerste praktijktheorie vormt. Al zoekend, lezend en kijkend vallen er een aantal aspecten op. Toekomstbestendig onderwijs lijkt zich te laten kenmerken door: Lees verder “Toekomstbestendig onderwijs? “

What our Youth needs in Higher Education?

The model of higher education has shaped not only how we institutionalize teaching and learning but also how we approach individual education and talent development. The fundamental model of teaching and learning in higher education and professional training is based on a monastic tradition. The medieval European monasteries and early universities supported training for specific professions (law, medicine and church administration). It started the image of people dedicating themselves to learning a standardized curriculum on specific subjects. Professional teachers provided instruction. Education took place in self-regulated, sometimes isolated communities that prepared and certified individuals to return to society. I can see this image still very clear in now-a-days education. But does it still fit to our society? Lees verder “What our Youth needs in Higher Education?”