Interactive coursemaking

28 July 2020

Designing materials for courses and student interactions online requires different skills and insights compared to what works in the class room. Many of us often have a sense that we lack colleagues to talk to about these issues. One aspect is the general insight into what works and what does not when moving to online or blended modes of learning interaction. A quite different aspect is the fact that what works in one field or subject may not do so in another. Furthermore, we all understand that what works at one level of education might be quite different form what …

Learning Beyond Corona

27 July 2020

“Few institutions have the longevity and deep roots of universities,” writes Jo Johnson in an April 14th. comment on the News center web pages of Kings College in London. It has been a while. In the period since March 2020 when societies and institutions of higher education around the world “closed down” with encompassing restrictions on social distance and presence, there has been a great deal of debate. Websites from universities and governments attest to it, as does for instance the publication The Chronicle of Higher Education, a US publication well worth following. How severe is the impact of Corona? …

World Learning Charter

7 April 2020

Global Learning Innovation Manifesto Background The global Corona virus lock-down is a reminder to constantly rethink what we are and do as custodians of research-based knowledge. No matter what level of education we are engaged in, we are called on to critically reflect on extraordinary circumstances confirm and negate existing social institutions of learning and education. The two are not the same. Education as a social institution is deeply embedded in history, ways of understanding society, social organization and ideology. Learning happens everywhere, all the time, often unnoticed and taken for granted. When society and education institutions closed down mid-March …