Herding cats and losing weight: how to improve learning and teaching

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Slides for talk at CQUniversity (24 Sep, 2009). More information here http://davidtjones.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/herding-cats-losing-weight-and-how-to-improve-learning-and-teaching-2/

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Herding cats and losing weight and other things I know about improving learning and teaching

Herding cats and losing weight:how to improve learning and teachingDavid JonesCurriculum Design and Development Unit http://cdd.cqu.edu.auhttp://davidtjones.wordpress.com

AUQA and quality managementEnterprise Systems and LMSTechno-rationalism and top-down managementhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/esparta/482348262/Business analystsStaff DevelopmentCEQConsistencyL&T GrantsTeaching qualifications for academics

Teaching is not rocket science. It is, in fact, far more complex and demanding work than rocket science.http://flickr.com/photos/erikcharlton/1481121536/Richard F. Elmore, Gregory Anrig Professor of Educational LeadershipHarvard Graduate School of Education.http://bluyonder.wordpress.com/2007/09/24/teaching-isnt-rocket-science/Improving teaching is much more complex than that

(Rittel & Webber, 1973)http://www.flickr.com/photos/wxmom/2052715752/Wicked problemsAs you solve the problemyou learn more about itThere is no stopping ruleSolutions are neitherright nor wrongThere is no ultimate test of a solutionYou cant identifyall potential solns.The problem can be described in many waysEvery one isessentiallyunique

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Overviewhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sookie/100608625/Who?Why?What?Herding catsLosing weightReflective alignmentSolutions?

Overviewhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sookie/100608625/Who?Why?What?Herding catsLosing weightReflective alignmentSolutions?

E-learning and innovation specialist http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamshots/328310142/http://davidtjones.wordpress.com/elearning-and-innovation/consults effectively and broadly with key stakeholdersprimary purpose is to promote strategic e-learning developmentprovides strategic advice and leadership in learning and teaching innovation,

In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so they can be clobbered at once. The idea department of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses.http://www.flickr.com/photos/p373/1655304819/

Leadership becomes faith-based, while employees who have the temerity to suggest that what seems to be happening is in fact happening are herded into Innovation Departments, where they can be ignored en masse. This shunting aside of the realists in favor of the fabulists has different effects on different industries at different times.(Shirky, 2009)http://www.flickr.com/photos/sis/36957802/

Why so negative?http://flickr.com/photos/aviatordave/7007033/

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tolstoy_portrait_tolstoy.ru.jpgThe most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already;but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.(Tolstoy, 1893)

Could be Im a popohttp://www.flickr.com/photos/elblogazo/10675300/

Phillip Hugheshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/zoonabar/3759151925/Matches:5Innings:9Runs:472High score:160Average:52.44(20 years old)

Phillip Hugheshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/zoonabar/3759151925/Matches:5Innings:9Runs:472High score:160Average:52.44(20 years old)one of his flaws is to play shots while still in the air.(English, 2009)

the problem-solving mode narrows our gaze in much the same manner that a blinder over one eye narrows the field of vision and distorts one'sperception of depth.(Cooperrider and Srivastva, 1987)http://www.flickr.com/photos/lupinehorror/2659454214/

Doing more of what workshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jpockele/455671560/(Hammond, 1998)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/2515458946/I will try to improve my game in all aspects.(Cricinfo Staff, 2009)Hughes has spent time in the nets trying to overcome the problemsHis (Warne) advice was to always stay positive.

http://flickr.com/photos/darkpatator/1860880739/Its not how bad you start,Its how quickly you get better.

the problem-solving mode narrows our gaze in much the same manner that a blinder over one eye narrows the field of vision and distorts one'sperception of depth.(Cooperrider and Srivastva, 1987)http://www.flickr.com/photos/lupinehorror/2659454214/

Theory furnishes alternatives forsocial innovation ..opens vistas foraction; expansion of "the realm of the possible."(Cooperrider and Srivastva, 1987)Complex-adaptive systemsCognitive neurosciencehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/themadlolscientist/2543882652/ConnectivismManagementOrganisationalchangeInformationsystemsAcademic staff development

Overviewhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sookie/100608625/Who?Why?What?Herding catsLosing weightReflective alignmentSolutions?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Technology-Adoption-Lifecycle.pngMoores chasm(Geoghegan, 1994)

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Inform the position - accountabilitiesIdentify opportunities Communicate & publishContinuous improvementScholarship of L&Thttp://www.flickr.com/photos/takomabibelot/358885118/

Escape the banishment of the innovation departmenthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/diegocupolo/3327792972/

(Lyyttinen, Mathiassen and Ropponen 1998)Profile the situation, identify risksUnderstand available approachesLink chosen approach to situation in order to resolve riskhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/coldcut/3363518168/

Framesdefinitions of organizational reality that serve as vehicles for understanding and actionhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/76468122/Typically operate in the background and have both facilitating and constraining effectsCommon sense (the things we take for granted)is the big obstacle for innovation Sir Ken Robinson(Orlikowski & Gash, 1994)(Gioia, 1986)

AUQA and quality managementEnterprise Systems and LMSTechno-rationalism and top-down managementhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/esparta/482348262/Business analystsStaff DevelopmentCEQConsistencyL&T GrantsTeaching qualifcations for academics

we need to today to stand out and reclaim our position as a national innovator and leader in the Teaching & Learning space(Bowman, 2009)http://www.flickr.com/photos/brennanmoore/2446682892/Quality of teaching, CQU AUQA theme 2010

http://www.flickr.com/photos/click-photo/2242941940/I certainly feel that whenever I put an idea up to the organisationthat it and me get either gently ignored or severely clobbered.

I am slowly learning to not bother, sort of like Pavlov's dog.

In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so they can be clobbered at once. The idea department of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses.http://www.flickr.com/photos/p373/1655304819/

Overviewhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sookie/100608625/Who?Why?What?Herding catsLosing weightReflective alignmentSolutions?

All current institutional attempts to improve L&T arehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/stignygaard/450634459/Top-downExternalEpisodicTeleologicalDiscontinuous

based on hidden assumptionshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/12023825@N04/2898021822/

that fail to engage with the realities andnature of the taskhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/fireflythegreat/2845637227/

the result is slavish faddism,minimal real change in L&T..http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonythemisfit/2592267101/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Technology-Adoption-Lifecycle.pngMoores chasm(Geoghegan, 1994)

There are alternatives that may provide better solutionshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kurtizanka/3401297648/

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We use metaphors constantly to openour eyes and sensitize us to phenomenal realities that otherwise might go unnoticed.(Cooperrider and Srivastva, 1987)http://www.flickr.com/photos/m500/3484125623/

Overviewhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sookie/100608625/Who?Why?What?Herding catsLosing weightReflective alignmentSolutions?

Three levels of teachingWhat the student is.What the teacher does.What the student does.http://www.flickr.com/photos/frozenchipmunk/85344374/(Prosser & Trigwell, 1999; Biggs, 2001)

Three levels of improving teachingWhat the teacher is.What management does.What the teacher does.http://www.flickr.com/photos/frozenchipmunk/85344374/(Jones, 2009)Pre-massificationHerding catsLosing weightinstitution

The orders of changeWhat the teacher is.What management does.What the teacher does.http://www.flickr.com/photos/frozenchipmunk/85344374/institution(Bartunek and Moch, 1987)

The orders of changeWhat the teacher is.What management does.What the teacher does.http://www.flickr.com/photos/frozenchipmunk/85344374/Tacit reinforcement ofpresent understandingsinstitution(Bartunek and Moch, 1987)

The orders of changeWhat the teacher is.What management does.What the teacher does.http://www.flickr.com/photos/frozenchipmunk/85344374/Tacit reinforcement ofpresent understandingsConscious modification of present schematain a particular directioninstitution(Bartunek and Moch, 1987)

The orders of changeWhat the teacher is.What management does.What the teacher does.http://www.flickr.com/photos/frozenchipmunk/85344374/Tacit reinforcement ofpresent understandingsConscious modification of present schematain a particular directionTraining of people to be aware of their schemataand thereby more able tochange these as they see fitinstitution(Bartunek and Moch, 1987)

Overviewhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sookie/100608625/Who?Why?What?Herding catsLosing weightReflective alignmentSolutions?

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