I came across this thought-provoking podcast today. Randy Bass, the presenter, starts from the position that "Our concept of learning has expanded at a rate far outpacing our notion of teaching, an issue that applies to the design and delivery of learning experiences" (source).
He goes on to discuss and give examples of how, in higher education, working from this stance is a positive place to start questioning assumptions around educational design and the central position of the curriculum. He looks at "high impact" (situated learning) and "low impact" (formal course) learning, before "looking at a range of strategies from team design-which engages instructional technologists, librarians, and other academic staff - to e-portfolios-which shift the center away from the formal curriculum" (source).
The statement that "Our concept of learning has expanded at a rate far outpacing our notion of teaching" struck a real chord, and the notion of teaching appears to be falling further and further behind. Something that I am still thinking about is Bass's suggestion that design teams are the way to go, rather than keeping the focus on individual educators, with the theory that the change in course design will in turn encourage shifts in teaching practice. This sounds like a lot of sense, although I wonder about some of the avoidance behaviour that may result! Bass doesn't suggest that educators are not supported, however; he emphasises the need for continued support. Definitely food for thought!
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