Teaching is a design science, lets trust the teachers to do this.

By | December 2, 2016

My colleague Inge Ignatia de Waard @Ignatia Webs in her report on the Limitless Learning plenary on owning learning #OEB16 observed, based on the comments of the plenary speakers, that “Teaching is a design science” and we should trust teachers to do their job.

At the same plenary Diana Laurillard, reminds us that the teacher is an indispensable part of the formal learning equation. She also observes that the workload and responsibilities of a teacher teaching with digital technologies are increasing and include:

  • Planning the blend of the physical/digital/social learning
  • Curating and adapting existing OERs
  • Designing activities and tools for types of active learning
  • Creating adaptive methods to improve traditional methods
  • Providing flexibility with blended/online learning options
  • Orchestrating the activities of large cohorts of students
  • Using learning technologies to improve scale and outcomes

According to the 2016 Innovating Pedagogy report (2016) by Sharples et al., design thinking is viewed as one of the trends of innovative pedagogy:

Design thinking solves problems using the methods and thinking processes used by designers. These include creative processes such as experimenting, creating and prototyping models, soliciting feedback, and redesigning. Design thinking places learners in contexts that make them think like designers, creating innovative solutions that address people’s needs. (p. 4)

For teachers,  design thinking “may involve civic literacy, cultural awareness, critical and creative thinking, and technical skills” (p. 4). Teachers should then unleash the designers in them and look into applying design frameworks, processes, and their own creative abilities.

Steve Jobs said: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Good teachers make sure it works. Trust them.