Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Free report on #innovative #pedagogy, practices and use

The Open University of the UK has just published a new report on innovative pedagogy (37 pages). This is a yearly report (compare it to NMC Horizon report, but with a pure pedagogical focus). In this report they look at ten innovations in teaching, learning and assessment that are gaining influence.

I find the focus on social learning of interest, as the report states that "Education can be dramatically enhanced by social networks, a report from The Open University claims. Massive open social learning brings the power of social networks to people taking online courses, by recommending, liking and following the best content created by other learners. The so-called 'network effect' comes from many thousands of people learning from each other, but it needs careful management to reach its full potential. " In a way this is supporting the Utopian vision of the web when it first reached a multitude of people. So an old idea is now grounded, and I must say I like this idea of social learning. 

The report focuses on each topic and elaborates on it briefly (approx 3 pages), giving a description, some important issues related to the topic and resources. Nice.

Which innovations are described in the report:

  • Massive Open Social Learning (a social learning view on mooc)
  • Learning design informed by analytics (a productive cycle linking learning analytics to effective learning - Yeah Bart!)
  • The Flipped classroom (inside and outside classroom learning, flipping homework and class interactions)
  • Bring Your Own Devices (learners bring their own devices - smartphones, cameras - into the classroom)
  • Learning to learn (a good focus on learning how to become an effective learner)
  • Dynamic assessment (I like this one as it offers ideas on personalized assessment for learners)
  • Event based learning (time-bounded learning moments)
  • Learning through storytelling (ancient, and very effective learning format, now with new options)
  • Bricolage (tinkering with all kinds of resources, kind of a mash-up for learning)

The lead author of this report is Mike Sharples, and he sees the social learning shift that is happening now as an educational parallel of the art shift that happened when file sharing became more prevalent. But if you look at the co-authors (Anne Adams, Rebecca Ferguson, Mark Gaved, Patrick McAndrew, Bart Rienties, Martin Weller, Denise Whitelock), you can see how all these great researchers ensure a good and well researched read.