moment of the good idea

The moment that I thought it would be a good idea to write a book
http://ESM 2009    There was also a fleeting unarchived use of the phrase by Thecla Schiphorst, circa 2007. Abrahamson recycled the phrase “embodied design” into the learning sciences to describe an approach to the construction of pedagogical materials and activities that enables learners to objectify their tacit knowledge in cultural forms relevant to disciplinary content (Abrahamson, ESM 2009). (An earlier paper appeared in the proceedings of PME-NA 2007.) Later Abrahamson elaborated thus: “Embodied design is a pedagogical framework that seeks to promote grounded learning by creating situations in which students can be guided to negotiate tacit and cultural perspectives on phenomena under inquiry; tacit and cultural ways of perceiving and acting” (IDC 2013IJCCI 2014Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, 2014).about course and curriculum development boss a short discussion I had educational managers with three colleague educational experts after the seminar about study success. We all agree that what we have heart during the seminar we already have heart 35 years ago. And our question was why are these evidences from educational research not yet translated into the existing higher education. Of course, we knew from our projects that educational changes are difficult to design, develop and implement. My question was our we giving the right support to the teacher and the educational managers

This approach is not working. this situation was the reason to start with the idea of the website study success. Because I believe that a lot of information is well known but not available for the teachers. And also, I believe, that the teachers are not aware of the power of these educational ideas

Why design?

The most interesting activities as an educational advisor was to work in project in which a complete new curriculum has te be developed. Or a taskforce in which we had to formulate a set of quality criteria to be realized. Ans of course also when I have to develop a new course to be organized for university teachers. Continue reading “Why design?”

Course design is designing

In 1987 Tony Earls book The art and craft of course design was published. Why is it so interesting to refer to ideas from a book from twenty five years ago. Designing is described as a process of art and craftsmanship One of the reviewers of Tony’s book in that time, gave  this clear remark:
‘ You need skills like formulation of learning objectives, making a task analysis,  but also you should able to use your imagination and intuition. Especially this  focus on art is special and often missing in course design’. The reviewer continues with the remark that ‘the process, instruments and skills for the craftsmanship are reflecting the creativity and intuition are given a place in design’. Concepts like art, intuition and imagination are not often used in instructional science. But in design this concepts are very important.

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Instructual theories

Merril has written an excellent overview of five basic instructional principles. Specific rules and recommendation at the level of the teacher and a course are given. They are evidence based. It is good enough to improve the education enormously.

However I do you know which principle you have to apply and how can I translate it in real education. This is where the design step has a place.