Monday, December 18, 2017

Innovating #pedagogy 2017

The Open University has published its annual Innovating pedagogy list of innovative themes for pedagogy. They state that the series "explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. This sixth report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education." I think it was originally produced as a complement to the Horizon report series, which focuses on use of technology in education, but is not good on the pedagogic issues (nor is it good at drawing on pedagogic research).
The "innovations" they identify are: Spaced learning (which means structuring learning interspersed with other activities); Learners making science; Open textbooks (adapting them for local use); Navigating post-truth societies ("Epistemic education for the 21st century"); Intergroup empathy; Immersive learning; Student-led analytics ("Using data to help learners set and achieve their own goals"); Big-data inquiry: thinking with data; Learning with internal values ("Using students’ interests to inspire learning"); Humanistic knowledge-building communities ("Helping learners to develop knowledge")
In particular "Navigating post-truth societies ("Epistemic education for the 21st century")" is relevant to information literacy, and could be a hook for identifying its value as part of innovative pegagogy.
I think this is an interesting document, and nice to have innovation not simply tied to use of technology. The report is at
Photo by Sheila Webber: artwork on Sheffield University campus, December 2017

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