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Sir Ken Robinson was right, schools do kill creativity, but actually he missed the point. (1/3)
Teaching the Student instead of the Subject ... is this the wave of the future? (2/3)
Impediments to Progress in revolutionizing education, why Clayton Christensen was right! (3/3)
Teaching The Student Instead Of The Subject, Yes... That Is Exactly What Computers Enable
Teacher As Craftsman, The Central Dysfunction In The Educational System
Impediments To Progress In Revolutionizing Education, Why Clayton Christensen Was Right, Change Will Come From The Outside
Decomposing And Rearranging The Education Value Stack
The Modern Teacher: Longshoreman Or Transportation Engineer?
What can Linux teach us about managing instruction materials?

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The critical role of teachers in online education? Dealing with the realities of a new model
Chatbots, another powerful tool in the online education arsenal
Decomposing and rearranging the education value stack --- It's not about the content
Changing the quantum model for online STEM education
Why is STEM conspicuously missing from the online university marketplace?
Industry and University STEM education: Two ships passing in the night, unaware, no leverage
Do we need more coaches as opposed to teachers? Applying the learning from athletics to the academic world
Career discovery: The black hole in the education system..leveraging the true power of internships
Middle schools: Don't focus on teaching algebra..focus on diagnosing the student's learning process
Grades: does it make sense to pay someone to filter you out of your own future?
The advantage of market forces in education

What can Linux teach us about managing...

(02/16/2018) Linux is a free and open-source software operating system. One might reasonably ask the question: So, what does this have to do with instruction materials for a class? As it turns out, quite a bit. Before making this argument, we should provide some background on the history of Linux.Linux was born in a world of proprietary operating systems (remember OS2, Sun OS, and others?) These operating systems provided the interface between hardware developers and application software developers. The proprietary nature of the operating systems did not allow either of these entities to innovate at the rate required. In 1991, Linux was introduced as an open-source platform and soon grew in popularity. Today, Linux has significant market share in the commercial landscape, and in fact, the Linux ecosystem is larger than anything any single company (e.g. IBM) or country (e.g. China) can build. This begs the question: What makes Linux (or any open-source) successful?The lesson of open-source systems such as Linux (WordPress, Apache, etc.) is that when enabled by an open collaboration environment, a community can build, debug and innovate at a rate much faster than any single entity. The key aspects to enable this collaborative environment are: Unbiased Orchestrator: There is a need for an unbiased and knowledgeable individual who manages the contributions of the collective. In the case of Linux, this was the group led by Linus Torvalds.Open-Source License Terms: Contributions must be available to the whole community and there should be no barriers to access.Value-Added Services: For those who are not in the community, value-added services are very beneficial in providing access to the broader market. This also affords a method to monetize and fund the core elements of the community. Red Hat became an example of this aspect of the system for Linux. For all the constituents, this environment provided a win-win situation. For hardware and software developers, they could incrementally enable their solutions on a mainline operating system. A number of innovations coming from academia and industry could also be easily added to the system. Finally, even for the proprietary OS developers, Linux provided them a way of gaining revenue through value-added services, while the baseline was debugged (literally) by the world. Thus, at some point, IBM embraced Linux.As we have discussed in previous articles (HERE) or the TED Talk (HERE), the current educational system largely views students as commodities into which knowledge is poured; which can be likened to an industrial manufacturing process. The fundamental structure of the current model is driven by an economic imperative from the last century -- based on the premise of the scarcity of the instructor and classroom -- which is no longer true. Also, the actual process of teaching occurs in a craftsman-like model which has not changed for hundreds of years.Let's consider the impact of an open-source collaborative environment in the context of something like a calculus class. Today, the delivery of these classes consists of a book, various disorganized YouTube videos and a teacher in the classroom performing for the students. Even with automation and content from the internet, it is a maddeningly inefficient process. Consider the following structure: Unbiased Orchestrator: A non-profit entity such as a university would host and manage the process of submissions. It would provide a basis structure for the calculus class such as table-of-contents, login privs, search and others.Open Source Licensing Terms: Contributors such as other universities, industry and even students could contribute unique and interesting ways of teaching and assessing calculus.Value-Added Services: Teaching institutions could license the base and build value-added services on top to deliver to the broader marketplace. Let’s consider the power of this community approach vs. the current system: Teaching Styles: Today, a teacher can deliver one style of teaching — their own. With this system, various styles of teaching (humorous, visual, auditory, language specific, etc.) can be easily built on a core. Further, the value of the core rises over time.Industry/Application Input: Today, a teacher has little capability to include “real-life” examples into the lesson. With this system, industrial examples could easily be added by interested parties.Debugging/Improvement: Today, once a textbook is published or a teacher has delivered the lecture, it is done; finished. In this system, there is a constant process of capture and improvement. Want to build a Chatbot to help teach? One would be able to do that in an innovative system. Overall, the introduction of open-source instruction IP can harness the broader community. 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The modern teacher: longshoreman or...

(02/14/2018) As we have discussed in previous articles (HERE) or the TED Talk (HERE), the current educational system largely views students as commodities into which knowledge is poured; similar to industrial manufacturing processes.The fundamental structure of the current model is driven by an antiquated economic imperative based on the premise of scarcity of instructors and classrooms. This is  no longer true. Also, the actual process of teaching occurs in a craftsman-like environment which has not changed for hundreds of years. As discussed in HERE, most industries start out with a craftsman-like model and then over time are optimized through continuous improvement processes and innovation. It is interesting to observe this transformation in the context of shipping -- and compare it to the education system.Fifty years ago, shipping was dominated by scenes reminiscent from classic movies such as “On the Waterfront," which featured longshoremen who provided the muscle to load and unload ships. This process required skill, strength and stamina. The work was difficult and in order to protect workers, a union was formed that focused on optimizing the longshoreman’s day.If we cut to modern times, the scene would consist of cranes moving containers from ship to trucks. The efficiency and cost having been improved by order-of-magnitude through the constant application of innovation, capital and process intellectual property. The whole process is now orchestrated by a transportation engineer. It is interesting to note that the bedrock rules/contracts in the longshoreman's world have no application today.Today, teachers across the world get up every day and proceed through a very manual process of developing the lecture, delivering the lecture and performing assessment day-after-day. There is very little automation available to teachers besides the textbook. Much like all craftsman models, the delivery to the students is highly variable in quality and consistency. However, with the use of technology, deeper investments in automation and an improvement in the teacher/student interaction model, a significant shift in capability is possible. In this world, the teacher operates in the role of the "transportation engineer" with easy access to powerful tools and with the ability to personalize the experience for every student. .pull-right{text-align: right; font-size: 22px; margin-bottom: 10px; display: block;}.Article-btn{font-size: 22px; padding: 10px 18px; width: 200px; display: block; margin: 20px auto; color: #FFF; text-align: center; background-color: #EE3623; text-decoration: none;}.Article-btn:hover{-webkit-animation: jello-horizontal 0.9s both; animation: jello-horizontal 0.9s both; text-decoration: none; color: #FFF;}.Blog-fix p, .Blog-fix ul, .Blog-fix li, .Blog-fix ol{font-size: 17px; font-family: 'Cabin', sans-serif; padding-bottom: 15px;}.Blog-fix ol, .Blog-fix ul{padding-left: 30px;}.Blog-fix h1, .Blog-fix h2, .Blog-fix h3{font-family: 'Questrial', sans-serif; padding-bottom: 15px;}.Blog-fix h1{font-size: 36px;}.Blog-fix h2{font-size: 32px;}.Blog-fix h3{font-size: 25px;}.Blog-fix img{width: 480px; margin: 15px auto; 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Decomposing and rearranging the education...

(02/14/2018) As we have discussed in previous articles (HERE) or the TED Talk (HERE),the current educational system largely views students as commodities. Knowledge is "poured into them," similar to an industrial manufacturing process. The fundamental structure of the current education delivery model is outmoded. It is primarily driven by an economic concept from the last century based on scarcity of instructors and classrooms. This is no longer true. Also, the actual process of teaching occurs in a craftsman-like model which has not changed for hundreds of years.Today, the current education system has evolved to a point where academics are only one of the services provided by current K-12 schools. It is helpful (and eye-opening) to examine the services provided by schools in more detail and pinpoint areas within the organization which could be optimized.Conventional schools build a value stack which primarily consists of five layers:Transportation Services: Bus service to schoolFacilities Services: Building availability, security and access to educational toolsCafeteria Services: Availability of food and integration with subsidized nutritionAthletic Services: YMCA-like servicesAcademic Services: Staff of teachers who teach in a craftsman-like modelWith the advent of the internet, the academic services have moved from the craftsman model to a deeper decomposition consisting of:Instruction Creation: Typically, this is done with a team of specialists and the subject matter expert.Assessment Creation: Automated systems for assessment and feedbackDelivery of Instruction/Assessment: Cloud-based internet infrastructureDelivery of Laboratory Services: Virtual, local physical (e.g. kitchen) or mailed kit.Delivery of Certification: Through a combination of teacher and automationDelivery of High-Engagement Teaching: Virtual one-on-one connectionDelivery of High-Engagement Collaboration: Virtual blackboard approachesAn ideal reorientation of the value stack would involve two changes in governance:Certification Independence: If certification is separated from the model of education, the two models can operate on an even playing field. As an example, the high school diploma would be awarded based on passing a series of tests and not so much focused on attendance.Facilities Independence: Conventional schools integrate facilities and teaching. If these services were separated, all citizens of the locality would have access to them. Physical location, security, cafeteria services, and even athletic services would be available as individual components. 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