Becoming a 21st Century Educator:
While the general principles for becoming a 21st Century educator would be the same, its manifestation will vary depending upon the experience of the candidate. We categorise them in chronological stages:
• Entering Professional : Age 25(+/-)5
• Practicing Professional : Age 35(+/-)5
• Established Professional : Age 45(+/-)5
• Senior Professional : Age 55(+/-)5
• Emeritus Professional : Age 65(+/-)5
The general idea is not to have a very rigid structure but a broad framework around which knowledge sharing can be facilitated. Each module takes approximately 4-5 hours, depending on ability and engagement with online materials. The indicative themes for the 4 modules is as follows:
Module 1: Education for the 21st Century:
1.1.The challenges to education for which Educational Technology is a solution. Stages of acceptance or diffusion of new ideas and technologies.
1.2. Emerging Technologies and their promises.
1.3. Teaching-Learning models: Innovative pedagogies, Personalisation of learning, KYL ( know your learner)
1.4: Access devices: Tablets, Smartphones, Phablets, Laptops, Desktops; wearable devices
1.5: A glimpse of the future: shape of things to come: computer programming for all
Task 1.1: Join and participate in an online course suggested to you, or a similar one of your own choice.
Task 1.2: Prepare a reasoned document to describe your choice of an access device for online handheld learning
Module 2: Flipped Learning:
2.1: Flipped Learning Basics: History, Myths and Realities, Flipped online teaching
2.2: Consequences of Flipping: What to do with the time for lecturing? Ensuring that required prior tasks have been done.
2.3: Learning Resources: TED and TED-Ed, MOOCs, OERs, Khan Academy, nano-learning objects,
2.4: Implementing the Flipped Classroom; Curating suitable resources and guidance for pre-class learning; Producing your own audio, video and tutorial resources
2.5: The Flipped-Mastery Classroom : adaptive and personalised learning
Task 2.1: Carry out assigned tasks
Task 2.2: Develop a Flipped Classroom Learn Design
Module 3: New Features of 21st Century Learning :
3.1: The Educational Apps Ecosystem
3.3: Open Education Resources
3.4: New pedagogy (heutagogy) for the self-directed learner
3.5: Assessments: Tests that are good quality, e-portfolios, de-mat certifications, badges, learning Analytics, demonstration of evidence of learning; educational diagnostics and reports from educational diagnosticians.
Task 3.1: Develop an educational App idea
Task 3.2: Do research on some significant aspect of MOOCs
Module 4: 21st Century Educators: their attributes, skill sets and tool kits.
4.1: The 8- fold path to a 21st Century Educator
4.2: The Skill Sets and Toolkit for 21st Century Professional Educational Practice
4.3: Innovative Practices for 21st Century Education: humour, story telling, magic, role playing
4.4: Emergence of the Independent Educator: Attributes, Drivers, Opportunities, Challenges.
4.5: Succeeding as an Independent Educator: Business Plan, Ethics and managing the student life-cycle.
Task 4.1: Write a document on ‘ good practices for participating in a discussion forum’
Task 4.2: Create a Personal Learning Mission for yourself
Concurrent Project: This will run concurrently with the 4 week program. By the end of the project, every participant would have converted a 40 minute ‘traditional lecture’ to a Mobile learning product.
A: By end of Week 1, the participants are introduced to Flipped Learning.
B: All of Week 2, is devoted to Flipped Learning with tasks assigned to do on ‘own time’.
C: During week 3, we cover related issues such as access devices, assessments, Apps and the attributes of 21st Century educators.
D: Week 4 develops ideas for Independent educational practitioners that are more interactive, open ended and futuristic.