Formal education should not shut people down, it should open them up. Education systems should be inspiring young people to dream big and then empowering those dreamers with the skills to make the world a better place.

I never wanted to be a teacher. Seeing how downtrodden most of my schoolteachers were always made me think a person must be crazy to want to be a teacher! I can also remember a school assembly when the most miserable of the deputy heads told us to stop dreaming, get real and accept the fact that we wouldn’t ever amount to much in life. 

An unintelligent and uninspired education system has a knock-on effect… it feeds into the status quo and you end up having an unintelligent and uninspired society, and we all end up suffering as a result. 

This is the module where I started to explore all the wide and varied ways in which the schooling system can transform students into innovative learners with brave voices, bold ideas and imaginations that will not stop. 

 

10 Courses

Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Cape Town

Started: 13/04/2018

Finished: 27/04/2018

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The Right to Education: Breaking Down the Barriers

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Glasgow

Started: 27/04/2018

Finished: 27/04/2018

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Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Institute & Relay Graduate School of Education

Started: 22/02/2019

Finished: 08/03/2019

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What is Character? Virtue and Ethics in Education

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Birmingham

Started: 30/06/2016

Finished: 30/06/2016

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Gamification of Learning

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 25/11/2017

Finished: 01/12/2017

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Gamification for Interactive Learning

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 13/12/2017

Finished: 19/12/2017

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Innovation: The Key to Success

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Leeds

Started: 18/09/2014

Finished: 29/09/2014

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e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Started: 18/07/2017

Finished: 02/08/2017

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E-Learning and Digital Cultures

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Glasgow

Started: 07/11/2013

Finished: 09/12/2013

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Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning

Platform: edX

Institution: University of Michigan

Started: 04/03/2019

Finished: 08/03/2019

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2 Books

Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards

Author: Yu-kai Chou

Publisher: Yu-kai Chou (first published April 16th 2015)

Published: 2017

Started: 03/08/2018

Finished: 03/08/2018

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Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning

Author: Sugata Mitra & Nicholas Negroponte (Foreword)

Publisher: TED Books

Published: 2012

Started: 17/01/2019

Finished: 17/01/2019

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We can look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Our children need to be fed, and they need to be loved, and they need to feel safe, and they need to feel that the world is wonderful. They need to be surrounded by people that see the wonder in the world around them. If their basic needs are met, and they are in a condition in a comfortable community of learners where the teachers and the students there, they share the emotional connection to knowledge, and they’re given space in their learning to envision possibilities in different directions than their teacher’s initially imagined they would.

Gillian Judson, Education that inspires is what we’re after, robhopkins.net, 26/02/2018