Shifting From Pedagogy To Heutagogy In Education

October 27, 2015

Shifting From Pedagogy To Heutagogy In Education


  • Back in 2000, a discussion came about as a result of a general dissatisfaction with the way in which education was being conducted in universities. Despite the role of higher education to foster our brightest minds and to expand the frontiers of knowledge, teaching was primarily a pedagogic, teacher-centric, activity.
  • Heutagogy is underpinned by the assumptions of two key philosophies: humanism and constructivism. The idea of the learner being central to the educational process is a humanistic concept. Similarly, constructivism places the learner at the heart of the educational experience.
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Keywords: pedagogy, heutagogy, teaching and learning, humanism, constructivism

Teaching Teachers To Teach: It's Not So Elementary


  • Pilots, doctors, plumbers and hairdressers don't learn on the job. And teachers shouldn't either.
  • Deborah Ball, dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan (and kind of a rock star in the field of teacher education), has spent the past three and a half decades thinking about what good teaching looks like.
  • What Ball is trying to model at U of M is a system where future teachers have to demonstrate they can do some core things before they're safe to practice.
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Keywords: teaching, learning, education

Obama Wants Students To Stop Taking Unnecessary Tests


  • President Obama and the Department of Education released a Testing Action Plan, calling on states to cut back on "unnecessary testing" that consumes "too much instructional time" and creates "undue stress for educators and students."
  • "I hear from parents who rightly worry about too much testing, and from teachers who feel so much pressure to teach to a test that it takes the joy out of teaching and learning both for them and for the students. I want to fix that," said President Obama.
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Keywords: k12, standardized tests, education

CBE and the Sage Dynamic: New Roles for Faculty and Administration


  • The role of teacher has shifted from the instructor to the inquisitive learner. Teachers no longer see their primary role as being the king or queen of the classroom. They’ve found they accomplish more if they adopt the role of educational guides, facilitators, and co-learners.
  • Today, the role of the teacher should be focused on understanding how people learn to think and solve real problems. CBE-designed courses follow this model and role for today’s teacher.
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Keywords: competency-based education, CBE

Transforming a Course

Inside Higher Ed

  • According to Steven Mintz, future models of education will turn away from the language of the course – with its emphasis on assignments and assessments – toward the notion of education as a series of immersive learning experiences.
  • A learning experience is immersive if it totally engages a student in the challenge and intrinsic pleasure of the activity. It requires a sense of "flow". But how can we induce a state of flow in our classes? Mintz gives a few recommendations.
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Keywords: teaching, educational models, immersive learning experiences, Steven Mintz

Designing Learning That Matters


  • Deep learning often happens when learners encounter experiences that challenge them to figure something out, explore new information, and create a product.
  • The sad truth is that, for most of us, many of our experiences of deep learning occurred outside of school. The good news is that designing curriculum is the point when teachers can be innovative in order to create memorable and profound opportunities for their students.
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Keywords: inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, teaching strategies

Moving Innovation in Education Forward

U.S. Department of Education

  • Start-ups are one of the most exciting parts of today’s economy. They foster entrepreneurship, experimentation and innovation. Yet in education, we routinely struggle to lean into educators’ innovative instincts.
  • What if we celebrated great schools the same way that we celebrate great start-ups? The Department of Education is partnering with Medium to launch a series of conversations centered on innovation and education.
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Keywords: innovation, education, Arne Duncan

Changing Distributions: How Online College Classes Alter Student and Professor Performance

Stanford CEPA

  • Online college courses are a rapidly expanding feature of higher education, yet little research identifies their effects.
  • Using data from DeVry University, this study finds that, on average, online course-taking reduces student learning by one-third to one-quarter of a standard deviation compared to conventional in-person classes.
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Keywords: online education, student success, higher ed

No Student Is an Island: Improving Outcomes With Blended Learning (Oct 28)
Where Digital Badges Work Better (Nov 2)

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