Report: Innovating Pedagogy 2014 [PDF]

innovating pedagogy

Reposted from Open University:

This report proposes ten innovations that are already in play but have not yet had a profound influence on education. To produce it, a group of academics at the Institute of Educational Technology in The Open University proposed a long list of new educational terms, theories, and practices. We then pared these down to ten that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice, particularly in post-school education. Lastly, we drew on published and unpublished writings to compile the ten sketches of new pedagogies that might transform education.

One new development brings the power of social networks to massive online courses, so that learners create personal profiles, engage in conversations, follow people they find interesting,
seek ‘study buddies’ for learning together, form study groups, and build communities of shared
interest. New directions in social networks are already starting to influence education. These include live feeds of current activity (such as news items relating to the course, or the learning activities of a group of study friends) and location-based activity, with people contributing video, images or sounds related to their local environment. Social learning is not just a means of sharing learning resources, but a valuable activity in itself. Learning together creates a ‘shared mind’ that combines different perspectives and alternative ways to solve problems.

Another major trend is towards blending learning within and outside the classroom. This is shown
in flipped classrooms, where students watch video lectures at home and discuss them in class. It is also appearing with students bringing their own devices into the classroom along with their personal software and social networks. Initially seen as an unwelcome disruption, or even a threat to school discipline and a danger to children, there is now a drive to educate young people in how to use their own technologies to be inquiring and collaborative online learners. In this way the personal and the social combine, to create a new form of learning based on networked collaboration through personal technologies. Pupils are saved, in the words of Sidney Pressey, from educational drudgery and incompetence by joining online communities, asking questions, seeking answers, creating and sharing resources. But this is no online utopia. We also realize the limitations and dangers of mass networked learning, from the spreading of hate literature, to the invasion of online forums by bullies and demagogues. Teachers and leaders have an important role in helping young people learn how to learn online, and in shaping safe and engaging communities.

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