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Educate – Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn.

In this podcast, host Stephen Smith explores education and research and the ways research helps, or fails to help shape policy. The podcast also covers stories on innovative approaches to education, both in the classroom and beyond. In addition, it is concerned with the way education shapes society, and how disadvantaged and marginalized people can have better access to education.

For access to the archive of the podcast, click here: https://www.apmreports.org/educate-podcast



Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology
Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology is a new Course offered on Coursera by The University of London, which starts on November 13. Its aim is to assist teachers in using technology and the online environment to create more dynamic online courses, as well as to motivate students and provide them with more efficient feedback. As stated on the official course page: This course is aimed at educators who have little experience using online tools and technology for teaching purposes but who have basic familiarity with the Internet, online learning environments and computers in general. The emphasis in this MOOC is on gaining a wide range of experience in order to decide for yourself which tools and techniques to explore in more depth.
You can enroll and follow this course for free on this link – https://www.coursera.org/learn/getinmooc


For the teachers, those who would like to be teachers, or those who are interested in teaching in general, The Cult of Pedagogy might be the right podcast. Hosted by a practicing teacher, the podcast offers insights into what is trending, new and relevant for teachers. Through interviews with experts, researchers and teachers, an array of different topics are explored twice a month. If you are interested, visit the web page where you can find links to all episodes as well as diverse content relevant to the individual episodes here.


MOOC: Micro Masters in Instructional Design and Technology
The EST Masters at the University of Twente offers many possibilities to gain skills in design for learning. But, some of you may wish to expand, refresh or practice (re)applying  those skills in new, different ways.  An opportunity to do just that  can be found in the on line Micro Masters in Instructional Design and Technology offered by the University of Maryland. Its aim is to give you the knowledge and skills on how to develop engaging mobile and on line learning experiences.

The first in this series of courses (Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories) began in late August and it is still open for enrollment There are three more courses that follow; however, you are free to pick only those that interest you by following this link: https://www.edx.org/micromasters/instructional-design-technology


If you find yourself craving some education related knowledge during the summer break, MOOCs are here to bring it. One of the courses currently offered on Coursera is “ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children’s learning across the curriculum”.
In this MOOC, over the course of six weeks,  Professor Diana Laurillard from the University of London takes a journey through classrooms around the world, and analyses different approaches to using ICT for the improvement of children’s learning.The materials in the course are based on studies carried out for the UNESCO Institute of IT in Education, Moscow.
If this is a topic you are interested in, you can enroll for free by following this link – https://www.coursera.org/learn/ict-primary-education/home/info

And, from the world of podcasts, the recommendation for this month is the Bedley Bros podcast – http://bedleybros.podomatic.com/. The Bedley Brothers are experienced educators, who are passionate about sharing new ideas and trends in education. The interview-style episodes are centered around teachers, instructional designers and educational experts who share their ideas and experiences regarding education and the way it can be transformed and improved. Besides links to the entire episodes, on the webpage you can also find additional information related to the topic of each episode.


This month’s food for thought: Radical on-schooling

The ever-present need for educational reforms has given birth to some interesting and innovative movements in education. Recently, the idea of unschooling, or freeing education, is becoming more present in the mainstream media. For example, the Guardian recently published an article about an interesting approach to education in New Zeeland, which focuses on outdoors skills: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/20/no-classrooms-lessons-homework-new-zealand-school-children-are-free-to-roam

Another radical approach to education can be found in the UK, in the Summerhill school (founded in the 1920’s), where students create their own learning and participate in the decision making process, with equal voting rights as the teachers. A brief video about this school can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt9GtLCaNpU
For more, you can check their webpage – http://www.summerhillschool.co.uk

These are just some examples, but they open up an array of interesting questions like: Are these kinds of models of education sustainable? Can they be applied successfully worldwide? What will the transition from this type of school to university be like for the students? It certainly is an area that educational scientists and students should look into.



TEDx Talk – Sugata Mitra is  a Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. For almost 15 years he is conducting experiments investigating the role of technology in child education. What he found is that when given the appropriate resources (computer, internet, etc.) alongside encouragement, children can self-organize and learn on their own. This approach radically alters the role of the teacher, and opens up possibilities for major changes in education. For more on his experiments, see the TEDx talk.


Podcast recommendation

As podcasts are growing in popularity, educational professionals are also using this medium to share their stories and network with others in
their field. The podcast we chose to share with you is called Dear
Instructional Designer. It offers many interviews which give a glimpse
into the professional lives of educational professionals across
different fields. And, for those that are new to the practice, the first
episodes offer useful tips and motivation for creating a portfolio and
launching an instructional designer career.
Link: https://dearinstructionaldesigner.simplecast.fm/episodes

MOOC recommendation

In the short description of this MOOC it is stated:
To be effective, educational technologies must be designed based on
what we know about how people learn. Through interviews with experts in
the field, this course explores educational technologies, outlines the
theories that influence their development, and examines their use._

The course is in its third unit, but users can quickly catch up. It
offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading scientists at MIT,
cooperate on a project with people from all over the world, share
knowledge and gain valuable experience.
Link: https://www.edx.org/course/design-development-educational-mitx-11-132x-1#