Teachers Transcending Traditional Teaching :
This is a two month program beginning on the first Monday of every month.
It is designed for those who may be Practioners in fields other than traditional teaching who want to participate in the new Knowledge economy by sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise in innovative non-traditional ways. Of course enterprising teachers would benefit from this program, especially teachers ( whether at School or higher education) who are RBNT ( Retired but not tired).
The course is run as mobile phone WhatsApp delivered posts from Monday to Friday. There are 6 course modules, each of one week duration that are listed below.
These are followed by a two week mentoring stint, during which each participant would be able to create one ‘product’ as a TeacherPreneur
MMP 01: Become a lifelong learner
MMP 16: Disruptive Educational Innovation
MMP 17: WhatsApp for Educators
MMP 18: Flipped learning
MMP 19: Developing and marketing a ‘product’ or ‘service’
MMP 20: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Education
Detailed structure of the courses :
MMP01: Become a lifelong learner
No. and description of modules :
Module 1: The importance of becoming a lifelong learner
1.1: Why lifelong learning is so important now?
1.2: UNESCO on lifelong learning
1.3. Lifelong learning for career success
1.4: Lifeling learning in an era of increasing longevity
1.5: Well known and successful lifelong learners
Module 2: Attributes of a lifelong learner
2.1: The habit of reading : learning from Literature
2.2: Knowing what to learn?
2.3: Expansion of the definition of learning
2.4: The characteristics of a lifelong learner
2.5: Grit, perseverence and a growth mind-set
Module 3: Steps to becoming a lifelong learner
3.1: Become a more curious person. Ask questions.
3.2: The do’s of lifelong learning
3.3: The don’ts for lifelong learning
3.4 : The journey to lifelong learning
3.5: The future of work
Module 4: Improving your lifelong learning abilities
4.1: What is worth Learning?
4.2: Learning at different stages of life
4.3: Applying what you learn
4.4: The Feynman technique for learning
4.5: Making learning stick
Module 5: How to learn anything?
5.1: Learning how to learn
5.2: Strategy and Plan for learning anything new
5.3: Learning resources on the Internet
5.4: Using YouTube for Learning
5.5: Learning from Apps and MOOCs
MMP 17: Educational Innovation
No. And description of modules
Module 1: Innovation Essentials
1.1: What is innovation ?
1.2: Barriers to Educational Innovation
1.3: Fostering a culture of innovation
Module 2: The Diffusion of Innovation
2.1: The ABCs of Diffusion
2.2: The S shaped curve for innovation adoption
2.3: Critical mass and tipping points
Module 3: Opportunities in Educational Innovation
3.1: Incremental Innovation
3.2: Blue Ocean Strategy
3.3: Technology Driven Innovation
Module 4: Disruptive Innovation
4.1: When is innovation disruptive?
4.2: The characteristics of Disruptive innovation
4.3: Personalisation as the disruption in education
Theme 5: Disruptive Innovations in Education
Topic 5.1: MOOCs
Topic 5.2: The Minerva Project
Topic 5.3: WhatsApp in education
Structure of course on
MMP 18: WhatsApp for Educators
Module 1: WhatsApp facilitated learning
1.1: The features of WhatsApp
1.2: WhatsApp as a learning tool
1.3: Overcoming the limitations of WhatsApp
Module 2: Design considerations for WhatsApp Delivery
2.1: Choosing a course topic: considerations
2.2: Incorporating Instructional Design
2.3: Mapping to credit value
Module 3: Delivering a course with WhatsApp
3.1: The delivery team
3.2: The learner attributes
3.3: Protocol to be adopted in a whatsApp learning group
Module 4: A case study in WhatsApp for learning
4.1: WhatsApp for Continuing Professional Development
4.3: Actionable Learning
Module 5: Wrap up:
5.1: Administrative uses of WhatsApp
5.2: Fostering active participation in a WhatsApp group
5.3: Identifying possibilities for WhatsApp based learning
Structure of course on
MMP 19: Flipped Learning
Module 1: What is Flipped Learning ?
1.1: The history and evolution of Flipped learning
1.2: The increasing adoption of Flipped learning
1.3: Why is Flipped learning effective?
Module 2: The Pedagogy of Flipped Learning
2.1: Active learning, student engagement and social learning
2.2: Personalisation in Flipped Learning
2.3: Mastery Learning
Module 3: Planning and designing for Flipped Teaching
3.1: Structuring content and activities into pre-class, during class and post-class
3.2: Ensuring that pre-class activities have been done
3.3: Re-designing in class-room activities for Flipped learning
Module 4: Assessment for the Flipped Classroom
4.1: New forms of assessment for Flipped teaching
4.2: Frequent and short assessment tasks
4.3: Creating assessments for the Flipped Classroom
Module 5: Success Factors for Flipped Classroom
5.1: Teacher Preparation
5.2: Learner Preparation
5.3: Content Preparation
MMP20: Developing a ‘product’ as a TeacherPreneur
Module 1: Features of an educational Product
1.1:A learning outcome should be in its design
1.2:It may be engaging and promote interaction
1.3:Should avoid being a cheat sheet or the easy route
Module 2: Varieties of an educational Product
2.1: Motivational and Inspirational
2.2: Course-support materials
2.3: Test-Prep materials
Module 3: Text based products
3.2: e-books: Kindle or ePub
3.3: e-newsletters and e-magazines
Module 4: Video products
4.1: What makes a good educational video ?
4.2: How to make an effective educational video?
4.3: Using YouTube to distribute your educational videos
Module 5: Non-Traditional products
5.1: Infographics: posters
5.2: Educational Apps
MMP 21: Marketing and other Business Matters
Module 1: Marketing
1.1: Selling first
1.2: Conversational Capital
Module 2: Business Organisation
2.1: Going it alone
2.2: Working together
2.3: Legal issues
Module 3: Digital Marketing
3.1: e-mail marketing
3.2: Adwords for marketing
3.3: Search Engine Optimisation
Module 4: Pricing models
4.1: Fixed versus variable pricing
4.2: Freemium models
4.3: The PWYW pay what you want model
Module 5: Scaling and growth
5.1: Growth through affiliates/associates
5.2: Growth with Franchising
5.3: Intellectual Property protection
Why this is the best time to be an educator?
To an observer whose sights are on the developing technological horizon of Big Data, the Internet of Things, Robotics, Drones and enhanced Machine Intelligence competing with humans, it is clear that as we enter the 2nd half of the 2nd decade of the 21st Century, the next 5 to 10 years are likely to emerge as a new Renaissance in education.
We now realise that the Teacher is far more important than the expert practitioner because an expert can demonstrate his or her skill in context, but it is the Teacher that creates an expert practitioner out of an initially ignorant or incompetent person. Education has to be learner centric and knowledge is mutually created by the teacher and learner. In fact, Science the most glorious of human endeavours flourishes because it is a community of Scientists that drives it, and not a hierarchy of bureaucrats and politicians.
We must prepare to move from the ‘art of teaching’ to ‘the Science of learning’, and just as the microscope, telescope and other instruments aided Scientific progress by providing data to be put into contexts, patterns and insights, it is the Computer, Internet and allied technologies that will drive this transition from a qualitative uncertain authority based model to a data driven one that allows every learner to learn.
The pedagogy of mobile education and adoption of Heutagogy, managing the learning of self-directed life long learners will become one of the important competencies of the new age teacher.
We call this emergent model ‘ The Augmented Classroom Lecture’ which performs a space shift, device shift and time-shift of the traditional classroom lecture.
It incorporates the ideas of ‘flipped learning’, mastery learning and personalisation of the learning experience. Attention was drawn to the significance and importance of ‘social learning ‘ a component that gets significantly enhanced with technology and the size of the learning cohort.
Teachers were at some point in history respected as much as Gods, and teaching was a ‘calling’. In the industrially dominated era, they were often treated as ‘machines’ to produce trained humans who could carry out those functions in factories that could not be carried out by machines. Thus ‘ learning outcomes ‘ assembly line production and quality control processes became dominant.
As we contemplate on the future and specifically of the role of educators and learning, a few insights emerged.
In the foreseeable future, both the human populations and its longevity will be increasing significantly.
“Millennials will have over 13 jobs in their lifetime and the median time they will spend in a job will be three years … when they switch from one job to the next, the skills they will need in that next job will usually be something they not only don’t know but in many cases didn’t even exist when they went to school,” Professor Koller, co-founder of Coursera said in Melbourne recently.
The formal education system, is no longer equipped to cope with the emerging challenges, and the big opportunity is for educators to emerge from the background and take centre stage in addressing the challenges.
It is constrained by a tradition of preparing clergy for the church or academics for the academia, and is not readily able to respond to other challenges of learning.
Even in the classical space of learning and research there are many examples of non-recognition of talent or brilliance. For instance John Gurdon was while at Eton considered completely unsuitable for learning Science ( in fact his report card said that this would be a ridiculous idea, and a waste of time of all concerned) would later win a Nobel Prize in Medicine.
The biggest anomaly is that while we teach a number of subjects, we still do not teach learning. Nor do we have a proper system of assessment, and no examination Board declares the error margins inherent in the design of their systems.
It is said that the Internet changes everything, and accessing the Internet through the mobile, even more so. There is a movement in the developed world that ‘ sitting is the new smoking’ which basically draws attention to the fact that sitting at desks ( whether at the office or at School or College) beyond brief periods for rest is significantly harmful, comparable to the harmful effects of smoking.
So we need of have new learning spaces outside the classroom where learners can move around and explore. With handheld devices for content flow, and assessment spending time in the real world rather than in the cloistered existence of academia may be the way.
It is often said that ‘Ignorantia juris non excusat (Latin for “ignoranceof the law excuses no one”). But in real life ” ignorance is no excuse”.
So learn, all that you can learn. You never know when not knowing something can be a problem.
The role of the educator is to remove ignorance. Sometimes the learner may know what he needs to learn. But more often in the mode of Socratic questioning, the educator takes the learner through the 4 stages of unknown incompetence,
known incompetence, known competence and finally unknown competence. And learning happens in several ways from multiple sources. There is a Buddhist saying that ‘when the learner is ready, the teacher will appear’.
And the role of the educator as subject matter expert is secondary to the role of creating conditions in which learning happens. For this the future educator has to blend nature, technology, data and human and machine intelligence to ensure that every learner is able to achieve his desired learning goals.
The main point is that education as a cure or remedy for ignorance is the new reality, and is equally applicable to health, justice, relationships and nation and world building.
With millions on screens on which educators can be viewed both synchronously and asynchronously, we should not be surprised if a decade from now ‘educators’ will become the new celebrities. Who can believe today that great actors at one time worked as salaried employees in theatre companies and film studios.
In a decade or so, salaried teachers at School or College will be a thing of the past and celebrity RockStar teachers and professors will have millions of learners from all over the world following them on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.
Educators who shape minds ( not only young minds, but throughout the life-span as well) are therefore very important now, and it is indeed the best time to be an educator.