For four years now I have been coordinating studio courses at the university level. Situated behind this enactment of the university course and classroom is an approach focussed upon enabling agency in students and teachers. So I asked two questions: How do I enable student agency? and also How do I enable teacher agency? After…… Continue reading Agency: Enabling Students and Teachers to realize their agency
This text began life as an Announcement inside the Canvas LMS of a first year studio – Design for Sustainability. The course and past works can be seen in the My First 6 Months website here. It’s a winters June afternoon in Melbourne. I am in my room in building 515 serving as a panellist…… Continue reading Doing superlatives: How good were the works presented today?
Do you need permission? Imagine we are having this conversation 500 years ago. And we are discussing light. How do we calculate the speed of light? Or how do we figure out the focal length of a lens? We would have to set up an experiment. But there would be no shops selling scientific instruments,…… Continue reading On Permission Seeking
Kevin O’Neil for the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_League_of_Extraordinary_Gentlemen I am currently reading this book – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – and making very little progress. The stones, the smoke, the wall, the stray cat and well all the ink details are proving too distracting. Its endless the details, the touches, the stylised touches. The point is? All…… Continue reading So how do you teach drawing in design school?
Key to the project “My First 6 Months” is the notion of agency in the student. Key to this project is the constant awareness of Freire’s critique of the Banking Model of Education. Key to the project is the notion of ‘collaborative learning’. Finally there is the zeitgeist, the notion of enterprise. Key Words: Agency,…… Continue reading The first three weeks of University
This blog post was triggered by Wil who asked me; why don’t more people practice learner centered education? Or peer to peer learning? Or everything that is learning in the contemporary? My answer? Why don’t more people practice learner centered education? There are those who see education as method. As a way to activate students.…… Continue reading I am dreaming of a Learning Lab, again
Late in 2019 I was preparing for the move of MF6M out to a new campus. Only this campus would not have conventional classrooms or studio spaces. Instead it would have maker spaces. Seeing this as an opportunity for change – like a Mike Metty Pivot – I embraced the move. The questions that immediately…… Continue reading The maker-turn
ZERO TEACHERS!!! YES!!! This post is a nudge about learning. First you go to university to learn. That is to say you are not there to be taught, or to become an expert at Teams. If in the process you acquire some life long friends that is great too. If you fall in love, maybe…… Continue reading You learn best from your peers