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Will Stewart: My dream: Learning design project proposal

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Will Stewart
12 January 2013

Your situation (context)

Describe the material and social characteristics of the environment in which you operate. Where will your project take place? Who are the main actors involved? Include images, videos, sketches - anything that would help others understand the opportunities and constraints you are dealing with.


My design project proposal is to design a framework which could be used to construct a truly innovative 21st century curriculum/course, i.e. one that is distinctively and obviously not of the 20th Century. This framework would describe a design, a set of criteria, possible components, technologies, pedagogies etc. It would be generic, i.e. it could be used for any curriculum/course, at any level. The framework would enable others to "hang" their curricula/courses from it in order to re-design them for their 21st Century learners. It would provide a model from which to design new courses that have no legacy to hamper innovative design.





The change you would like to see (challenge)

What do you hope to achieve? What would be different if you succeed?


In a sense, this is a project to ascertain whether it is possible to create a curriculum/course which is obviously of the 21st Century, and not just a re-hash of some 20th Century model. It is an attempt to see if we can actually use technology to do something different in education or, as we have always done so far, just used it to maintain the status quo.

It is an attempt to see if a 21st century curriculum can be designed and can exist within 20th Century institutions?

How you might go about bringing that change

What is your pedagogical approach? Which technologies will you use to implement it, and how?


Change will be brought about if we can demonstrate that the framework will provide a better, more relevant curriculum/course, i.e. if we can convince educators that it is safe to move out of the 20th Century and into the 21st.



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