Is it okay to ostracize the low achievers?

In a recent podcast episode I mention this phrase. That I said this in 2003. When I landed in Australia. One meaning of this phrase takes you down the path that you should not treat poorly performing students any different from the way you treat the high achievers. Okay we leave that for now. That…… Continue reading Is it okay to ostracize the low achievers?

The Flotilla Model

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Source LINK Because we are learner centered. Because we believe education should look like that 10 year old at the skatepark. Because we want to activate the agency of the student. Because we are keen on Astra Nova, 42 Silicon valley, on flipped and on all the hot new ways of learning. Because we also…… Continue reading The Flotilla Model

Hypothetical and Speculative

(Featured image Credits; Supercar Blondie LINK) When you are still a student. The project is a hypothetical. The project is a speculation. You are apprehensive. Designing for a Panel. Your story will be convoluted. It will be too much. A trying too hard. A project. But will it be an object? Less and less. For…… Continue reading Hypothetical and Speculative

Why are the notions of Temperament and Embodiement important in design education?

(this piece was written in March 2020, so very much a draft of a potential article. Warning; the text is mostly hypertext) How to think of the online pivot? And then it came to be that overnight academic staff had to start teaching online, the students had to start learning online. They said that Industrial…… Continue reading Why are the notions of Temperament and Embodiement important in design education?

The maker-turn

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