One of the best examples of an online course in recent times was Urgent Evoke funded by World Bank and designed by Jane McGonigal. Please listen to her ideas on serious gaming, game design and edutainment here.
One never gets sick of this message: Learning can be through play alone and fun at any age.
A fascinating talk on natural design by a conservationist.
One of the most brilliant insights about the future comes in this talk where Stoll says if people want to know the shape of the future they should ask kindergarten teachers and not those in the higher echelons of education.
For seven years now – we have had a particular way of doing assessment. Its called: “Grades at the Beginning” (GATB).
In this mode of assessment the students opt for a grade (or Mark) at the beginning of the course, then plan their course projects and submit a “Learning Contract”. They are given feedback on the match between the ‘aspiration grade’ and the ‘learning contract’ – and modify it to align the mark-work to be undertaken so its satisfactory. This may be both too much work being undertaken for a low grade or too little work being promised for a high grade.
In the “grades at the beginning” model – the teachers spell out goals/ outcomes of courses – but not the way to achieve the goals. The calendar of the semester is made by individual students.
Grades at the beginning has been transformative both for students and teachers – but has also change the spirit of the community.
I am happy to answer any questions about how ‘GATB’ works. Do post your question in the comments section below.
I agree with Saumitri Varadarajan that practitioners need to look at pedagogy, methods of teaching and learning etc’, so for all and sundry here are some helpful links to start you off with.
Howard Gardner’s work forms a good base to start thinking from.
I love the above stuff on differentiating instruction.
Bloom’s taxonomy – http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html
While a bit outdated Bloom may be good for new teachers.
As may this next one on Maslow.
Old hat but may be interesting for new teachers – Bono’s six thinking hat exercise
For introducing me to this next guy I have to thank Geetha Narayanan profusely.
Some valid politics from Paulo Friere
And more from Ivan Illich.
http://www.funderstanding.com/v2/theory/constructivism/ – is the last one for now.