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The Innovating Pedagogy 2016 report. Now in Chinese.
On 27 January, I travelled to Pompeu Fabra university in Barcelona for a meeting of the FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN) on The Educator Experience. This was the first FLAN meeting to take place outside the UK and it was held at UPF’s Poblenou Campus. The event was organised by CLIK (Center for Learning, Innovation and Knowledge) and the members of the Educational Technologies section within the Interactive Technologies Research Group of UPF.
During the meeting, FutureLearn partners reflected on the impact and research possibilities of MOOC in the field of education. Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, gave the keynote speech, describing Edinburgh’s developing MOOC strategy, including the production of 64 online master’s courses.
I talked about our recent report MOOCs; What the Research of FutureLearn’s UK Partners Tells Us
If you have access to the FutureLearn Partners’ blog, a video of the meeting and summary notes of the sessions are available.
On 25 January, I presented at the BETT trade show on An action plan for learning analytics. If you would like to introduce learning analytics at your institution, where should you start? Drawing on recent studies that consulted experts worldwide, I outlined an action plan for analytics and identified the key points to keep in mind.
My talk formed part of the HE Leaders Summit, a section of the event that was designed to address some of the most significant challenges currently facing senior leaders across Higher Education.
Research Evidence on the Use of Learning Analytics: Implications for Education Policy brings together the findings of a literature review; case studies; an inventory of tools, policies and practices; and an expert workshop.
The report also provides an Action List for policymakers, practitioners, researchers and industry members to guide work in Europe.
Learning Analytics: Action List
Policy leadership and governance practices
- Develop common visions of learning analytics that address strategic objectives and priorities
- Develop a roadmap for learning analytics within Europe
- Align learning analytics work with different sectors of education
- Develop frameworks that enable the development of analytics
- Assign responsibility for the development of learning analytics within Europe
- Continuously work on reaching common understanding and developing new priorities
Institutional leadership and governance practices
- Create organisational structures to support the use of learning analytics and help educational leaders to implement these changes
- Develop practices that are appropriate to different contexts
- Develop and employ ethical standards, including data protection
Collaboration and networking
- Identify and build on work in related areas and other countries
- Engage stakeholders throughout the process to create learning analytics that have useful features
- Support collaboration with commercial organisations
Teaching and learning practices
- Develop learning analytics that makes good use of pedagogy
- Align analytics with assessment practices
Quality assessment and assurance practices
- Develop a robust quality assurance process to ensure the validity and reliability of tools
- Develop evaluation checklists for learning analytics tools
- Identify the skills required in different areas
- Train and support researchers and developers to work in this field
- Train and support educators to use analytics to support achievement
- Develop technologies that enable development of analytics
- Adapt and employ interoperability standards
Other resources related to the LAEP project – including the LAEP Inventory of learning analytics tools, policies and practices – are available on Cloudworks.
‘Developing a strategic approach to MOOCs’ uses the work carried out at these universities to identify nine priority areas for MOOC research and how these can be developed in the future:
On 13 December, I joined a Foresight Workshop on Learning Technologies in Luxembourg. The workshop was designed to help the European Commission to set and define future European strategic research and innovation priorities.
The workshop began with a series of ‘Moonshots’. Individual experts presented ambitious, yet realistic, targets for EU-funded learning technology research and innovation up to 2025. For each of these, we considered: What is the problem? How is it dealt with now? What difference would it make if this problem were addressed successfully?
We went on to merge our individual Moonshots into Constellations and then into Galaxies. We made links between the different ideas, linking them with other international activities and trends, as well as to previous EU-funded work. I was interested to see that many of the experts from across Europe presented ideas associated with blockchain for learning, a pedagogy that was picked up in our recent Innovating Pedagogy report.
My moonshot focused on a series of problems: access to tertiary education is unequal, most people in Europe do not complete tertiary education and many people in Europe need to develop new skills. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer a potential solution, but these new approaches to learning require new approaches to teaching. Teachers need training and support to work effectively in these new environments. They also need proven models of good practice. Improving educator effectiveness on these courses has the potential to increase Europe’s capacity to respond to its priority areas. It also has the potential to open up education for millions by developing and sharing knowledge of how to teach at scale.
Great to see this year’s Innovating Pedagogy 2016 report out. This report, which I co-author with others at The Open University, highlights ten trends that will impact education over the next decade. These include Design Thinking, Productive Failure, Formative Analytics and Translanguaging. The report also presents evidence to inform decisions about which pedagogies to adopt. The pedagogies range from ones already being tested in classrooms, such as learning through video games, to ideas for the future, like adapting blockchain technology for trading educational reputation.
This year, the report has been written in collaboration with the Learning Sciences Lab, National Institute of Education, Singapore.
The ten trends covered this year are:
- Learning through social media: Using social media to offer long-term learning opportunities
- Productive failure: Drawing on experience to gain deeper understanding
- Teachback: Learning by explaining what we have been taught
- Design thinking: Applying design methods in order to solve problems
- Learning from the crowd: Using the public as a source of knowledge and opinion
- Learning through video games: Making learning fun, interactive and stimulating
- Formative analytics: Developing analytics that help learners to reflect and improve
- Learning for the future: Preparing students for work and life in an unpredictable future
- Translanguaging: Enriching learning through the use of multiple languages
- Blockchain for learning: Storing, validating and trading educational reputation