I recently took part in a session at the OLC Innovate 2017:Education Reimagined Conference. The virtual participation format was impressive and glitch-free.
Questions were raised by the global participants and were answered by on-site participants Michael Berman, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, and Patrice Prusko. This particular session was masterfully co-moderated by Wendy Taleo, our Virtual Buddy, in Australia and by Michael Berman, our on-site buddy in NOLA.
Snippets from the session itself which referenced the Solution Design Summit (SDS) event at OLC Innovate :
- How are students experiencing courses that we are designing?
- Food truck imagery was used metaphorically by students to describe just-in-time training/learning experiences during the SDS.
- There was only one team from community colleges; looking forward to further collaborations in future projects/discussions.
- There is a need for increased participation from community colleges at future summits and projects.
- What challenges do community college-going students face that may limit/hamper/alter their ability to participate in off-campus summits and conferences?
- The next OLC Innovate Conference should include a fully virtual team.
- There should be a set program for virtual participants.
There was much more that was discussed, as it was a remarkably lively conversation, but for that to be shared I would have to decipher my scribbled notes. 😀
Being able to participate in conversations that matter, conversations that have the potential to solve key challenges in Education while being half-way across the world was a liberating experience. This virtual session gave us all the opportunity to break out our respective silos and engage in meaningful dialogue about the Future of Education. A big shout-out to everyone in the session: Lora, Patrice, Wendy T, Michael, Wendy F, Apostolos, Yin-Wah and Mark !
Do we need Values-based curriculum when we can modify Faith-based curriculum ? Every resource I have come upon during my research still quotes the ‘Golden Rule’,which for the unfamiliar is ‘Do unto others as you want others to do unto you‘, and has it’s origin linked to one of the major world religions (Christianity).
Intuitively, I think that a Faith + Ethics component or learning philosophy that promotes positive human values is an adequate solution in lieu of Values-based Education.
That’s my working hypothesis. As I continue to research and develop a teachers’ guide to character development and global citizenship in the classroom, I look forward to gathering more facts and figures to support or defeat this hypothesis.
Since I am up to my eye-balls in primary-school curriculum these days, I found this model worth a closer look.
All school leaders should have this model hanging in the office , most educational institutions skim the surface, even when it comes to content knowledge!