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Entrepreneurial Thinking—Student-Centred Learning with a Grown-Up Twist

I’ve been thinking of another session I attended during the Cowordlennect 2015 conference: Think like an Entrepreneur by MARS, a member of Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs .

Entrepreneurial Thinking: The conference session was for K-12 teachers, but I found the strategies exciting and relevant for any learning environment. Why? Well, I thought about student buy-in, excitement, and engagement. Students sometimes resist student-centred learning: Can’t you just tell me what to do? This just seems like more work. What’s the answer, the formula? 

Fair statement and questions. Essentially, I think students just want to know WHY. . . an important question. Renaming student-centred learning as  Entrepreneurial Thinking gave me an answer to the question, “Why student-centred learning?”. . .  an answer that makes sense to university students because it has real-world application–inherent in its very name.

During the session, we participated in a Design Thinking activity.

Step 1: In groups, we explored a general problem (our “problem” was student engagement). We were given sticky notes, markers, and a large paper divided into three sections labelled classroom, administration, and national.

Step2: We explored the “problem” from the three  perspectives, writing our ideas on the sticky notes and placing them in the related sections.

Step 3: We clustered the sticky notes according to theme and their relatedness.

Step 4: We identified one underlying “problem” that we felt we could address, and then we explored potential solutions. To guide us, we watched a video of  Clay Christensen’s Milkshake Marketing strategy which frames products (or solutions) as doing a “job” for people. For example, as a teacher choosing an instructional strategy, I might ask myself, “What job am I hiring this Design Thinking activity to do for my students?”.

Download a copy of the activity template

Hopefully you’re getting ideas.  Personally, I thought of our programming for our at-risk students (i.e., students who are at risk of being on academic probation). Using this Design Thinking strategy, students could explore a problem (like social networking and  privacy) in a way that not only develops their research skills but also builds their confidence–confidence that they can  make a real difference in the world.

I also thought of our academic-zone.com online programming and asked myself, “What job did we hire academic-zone to do?” . . . for students, for teachers, and for administrators. To our clients: “What job did you hire academic-zone to do?”. To our future clients: “What job would you hire academic-zone to do for you and your students?”.

The question is direct and focuses on outcomes.

Please share your thoughts.

Cheers,
Margaret

3c94c98Margaret Groombridge
Coordinator Learning Skills Instruction
A-Z Learning Services, Brock University

Academic-Zone Attends Pearson College and Career Readiness Solutions 2013

Two members of the Academic-Zone team are attending Pearson Education’s College and Career Readiness Solutions event which will take place at the Estates of Sunnybrook in Toronto on Friday, May 3rd.

The keynote will be delivered by Laurel Schollen, Associate Vice President Academic-Educational Excellence from Seneca College. Laurel will discuss two projects, the College Math Project and College Student Achievement Project, that are designed to promote student success.

Scott McDaniel of Middle Tennessee State University will be presenting a session on Course Redesign. Scott will discuss the flipped classroom experience, including strategies to encourage students to engage with course content before class.

For more information including the complete agenda and information on the speakers please visit: http://www.pearsoncanada.ca/highered/events/pearson-college-and-career-readiness-solutions-2013

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Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Members of the Academic-Zone team will be attending the 3rd Annual Education Technology Strategies for K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities Summit on Tuesday February 26th and Wednesday February 27th 2013. The Education Technology Summit is “an exclusive forum that provides knowledge and insights for education technology professionals and educators on strategies to build 21st Century schools. Attendees will walk away with the tools they need to redefine the education and learning paradigms of their institution.” The conference is organized by Strategy Institute. Strategy Institute has been a facilitator of information sharing for over 15 years. They provide education decision-makers with the knowledge and tools they need to cultivate an engaged and creative learning environment for all Canadians.

This year’s agenda has a bountiful list of education leaders from across North America that will be speaking on education technology throughout the two day event. The main topics of discussion for this year’s conference are listed below.

Source 12 strategies to enhance teaching and learning:

  1. Redefine outdated teaching models to enhance personalized learning
  2. Bridge the transition gap to post-secondary education
  3. Embrace BYOD and build it into your curriculum to enable new learning opportunities
  4. Get a handle on your performance measurements through data analytics
  5. Improve learning outcomes through the integration of emerging technologies
  6. Secure faculty buy-in with effective professional development tactics
  7. Leverage the interactive value of social media to create a connected classroom
  8. Enable peer-learning and class-collaboration time with flipped classrooms
  9. Source scalable and cost-effective solutions to your education technology deployments
  10. Innovate how you teach and engage students with game-based learning methodologies
  11. Support new learning environments for your students with MOOCs
  12. Make the case to fund your technology deployment projects under tight budgets

Click on the following link for more information:

Education Technology Summit Website
Education Technology Summit Online Brochure
Strategy Institute Website