Prof MM Pant: Learning 221: Education in the 2nd decade of the 21st Century
1. If you could not be present in person at the Vasant Valley School on the 2nd April 2013, you may access the slides used for the Presentation which have been uploaded at Slideshare. Below is the path :
2. You may also find it interesting to follow some of his recent tweets on Twitter. His Twitter handle is @mmpant. You may also consider following him to get regular tweets on matters educational. The last few tweets are specially relevant to this topic. Edward de Bono’s remarks on the ship at sea were abbreviated to 140 characters. The full text is below:
” Fixing vs changing directions by Edward de Bono”
Imagine a ship at sea that is in trouble. The lights keep going out. The engine is faltering. The rudder is unreliable. The first mate is drunk. The crew is very demoralised. The service is appalling. The passengers on the ship are very dissatisfied. Then a new captain and first mate are brought in by helicopter. Very quickly everything changes. The morale of the crew is lifted. Service improves. The engine is fixed. The rudder is fixed. The lights stay on. Everything is fine. But the ship is still heading in the wrong direction. That is usually the case when we set out to fix things. We might be very successful in fixing things within the existing context (or direction) but it does not occur to us that the basic context may need fixing. You can have a street that is muddy and dull of puddles. You put a lot of people to work keeping that street clean. But it might have made more sense to fix the drainage instead. A great deal of effort is put into improving education within its own context but it may have no effect whatsoever on changing the context or direction of education.
3. Some relevant thoughts which are not in the PowerPoint slides are shared in his blog: mmpant.wordpress.com. Also the transcript of the text of the PowerPoint slides is available on this blog.
4. On the 21st July 2013, Prof.M.M.Pant is organising an event on ‘ MOOCs and their potential for transforming Indian Education’. This is a unique event exploring possibilities for meeting India’s challenges in pre-school education, primary education, secondary and senior secondary education, skills training, teacher training and professional learning. Seven short MOOCs of one month duration will be launched on this day, and the insights gathered will be reported and shared in several national and International forums.
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5. The list of 7 MOOCs to be lunched on 21st July 2013:
1. The MOOC Primer: a MOOC about MOOCs
This program is almost essential knowledge for all educators, learners and educational leaders.
2. A MOOC on Open Education Resources
The UNESCO in June 2012 passed a resolution encouraging adoption of OERs by all member States. Again useful for all categories listed above.
3. A MOOC on Curating Learning Resources
Extremely useful and relevant for all educators to effectively fulfil their new roles. This program has International Certification to participants who submit their prescribed tasks for assessment.
4. A MOOC on Mathematical Modelling
This program is designed for Secondary and Senior School Mathematics Teachers
5. A MOOC on Big Data Analytics
This program is aimed at all students pursuing IT and Management courses to make them aware of the opportunities in this new role as Data Scientists.
6. A MOOC on pre-school learning
This program is designed for young parents so that thy can effectively participate in the overall development of their children in their pre-school years.
7. A MOOC on Criminal/Penal law for 21st Century Professionals
This unique program fills the ignorance gap of criminal law amongst bright educated persons, unwittingly getting hem to be on the wrong side of the law. Since the ignorance of the law is no excuse, this program is a vital first step in criminal law awareness.