21st Century Education – The Future of Learning & Teaching
At the end of October Ako Aotearoa partnered with AUT’s School of Public Health and Psychsocial Studies to provide an “expert’s Study Day”. The morning was spent at Ormiston Junior College with UK Learning Technologies expert Steve Wheeler thinking about the challenges of various spaces. OJC was an ideal venue, with physical spaces designed to foster the principles and practices associated with Innovative Learning Environment principles. The school is committed to aligning those pedagogies and learning experiences with the needs of its learners and community.
Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the computing and science education teams. Steve continues to research into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures.
The afternoon session was held in another flexible learning space, at AUT University’s South Campus. Conversations at both sessions centred around some of the radical and interesting ways educators might develop their learning and teaching practice in the future. David Nicholls (Associate Head of AUT’s School of Public Health and Psychsocial Studies) senses that there is a real energy for continuing the conversations. He says, “I know that we have a lot of systems and structures at the university to develop our teaching practice and to manage the day-to-day business of teaching, but I wonder whether Saturday didn't point to the need for another space - a safe space where people with a real interest in radical approaches to learning and teaching can share ideas?”
The participants weren’t the only ones who benefitted from the day. Steve Wheeler’s e-blog (Learning with ‘e’s) shows that he found New Zealand culturally very rich, “not least because of the pervasive Māori influence”. Read what he said about “walking backwards into the future” at http://www.steve-wheeler.co.uk/2017/11/walking-backwards-into-future.html