Monday, January 31, 2011

Changing Education Paradigms and the Technology to Support It

Today, I wanted to highlight the one of the many animated video adaptations produced by the RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) a multi-disciplinary, politically independent organization that combines research and policy development with practical action providing opportunities for leading experts to share new ideas on a diverse set contemporary issues.

The animated video below was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, a renowned speaker in global education innovation. While Robinson touches on the economic and cultural drivers for education reform in the 21st century, his greatest focus is placed on the historical precedent that was set with the establishment of public schooling and the realization that the current education system was conceived and designed in a different age, on the interests and image of industrialization. For Robinson, there is a need to re-shape the constructs of education, move beyond the production line mentality, and ultimately think differently about the human capacity for learning in the 21st century.

Robinson's overall analysis raises an important question: If we are to think differently about the human capacity for learning and harness this thinking when facilitating incremental change within the constructs of education, how do we ensure that new initiatives are founded on the ability to conform to a rapidly evolving educational landscape--particularly in regard to the use of technology for teaching and learning?

More specifically, how can education leaders harness technology, such as the LMS, to be a vehicle to shape new pedagogy? Can the LMS, with an ever-expanding range and depth of features, deliver more agile, accessible and collaborative e-Learning environment that cultivate Robinson's approach to changing education paradigms?

Tell us what you think.


  1. Changing the current model implies a huge change that can't be an experiment ... Are there any leads on current proposals being discussed?

  2. I'm not sure I understand your comment, Jesus. My inclusion of this video and commentary wasn't necessarily to suggest that there were particular proposals suggested, but rather, if incremental change in the traditional constructs of education, what role, if any, would technology like the LMS play in that?

    For example, full online virtual schools in the k-12 sphere have embraced certain aspects of Robinson's arguments. Courses delivered online within an LMS environment break away from the "regimented" framework of instruction and enable differentiated and at times, even self-paced methods for learning. Again, just one example I've seen. Have you seen others?

    Thanks for commenting.