Monthly Archives: November 2013

Review of Instructional Design Models Applied to K-12 Learning Environments

Excellent put together!

Online Learning Insights


Over the last few months I’ve conducted extensive research into instructional design models used in the process of course design. I’ve researched the history of instructional design [also known as ‘instructional systems design’] and its applications from the 1930’s to present. I’m writing, or least attempting to write, a book for educators that describes how to develop effective, relevant courses in our digital age using a dynamic instructional design model. The first chapter covers the history of instructional design with a focus on education learning environments as opposed to business or military settings. And though I’ve found considerable literature about design principles, methods and models applicable to higher education, there is dearth of published writings on instructional design models specific to K-12.

K-12 Educators Need Instructional Design Skills
Even in current literature there appears to be few resources for K-12 educators that provide instructional design models with accompanying principles to…

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Homemade flatbread in a wink: Chapatis

Very good idea when I am studying and there is not much energy for long and complex cooking! Thanks my dear Bubu and cheers 🙂

Herd & Ofen

Homemade flatbread in a wink: Chapatis

Chapatis are one of the many basic flatbreads often made daily in North India homes. They are soft, easy to handle and can accompany a lot of foods. There is no specific rule for what should be ate with chapatis, more than enjoy their shape and supple texture with something delicious folded into them, as with most other Indian breads. I learnt how to make chapatis in Somya Tewari’s kitchen in London. We had planned on making paneer together and even though we did not manage a second cooking round, I am endlessly grateful. Since learning to make chapatis, they have become, I imagine, just as much as in North India, a staple in our kitchen and table. The original and straight forward chapati is made with whole wheat flour (sometimes mixed with white flour to up the soft texture) and water. On certain…

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How to gather data from your audience


Analysis and synthesis: How to create PERSONAS

Ideation phase: Thinking in gather ideas from others: stakeholders, users and people involved in the project or not

Prototyping: Making the ideas tangible

60 Second Adventures in Thought. Open University


Contacts regarding NEET students

Conference 2013 speakers:

  1. Kevin Munday is the ThinkForward Programme Development Manager. His role is to fundraise, performance manage and develop ThinkForward, the new PEF initiative focusing on young people who are at risk of becoming NEET, providing them with long term and intensive support to ensure that they transition successfully into the world of work.
  2. Chris WrightChief Executive, Catch22 – A forward looking Social business
  3. Jeff Cull (Department of education) : Team Leader for NEETs. He has responsibility for policy on reducing the proportion of NEETs. Jeff enjoys the opportunity this role gives him to work closely with operational colleagues in local authorities, learning providers and Jobcentre Plus.
  4. Marcus HookHead of Apprenticeships and Employability, Catch22

That is what I am going through!!

Take a look !! 

It’s brilliant

…In contrast complex systems are based on relationships, and their properties of self-organisation, interconnectedness, and evolution. They cannot be understood solely by simple or complex approaches to evidence, policy, planning and management. The metaphor that Glauberman and Zimmerman uses for complex system is like raising a child. Formulae have little application. Raising a child provides experience but do not assure success with the next. Every child is unique and must be understood as such.  Outcomes are uncertain. You can not separate the parts from the whole. The solution to problems most of the times emerge from within the family and involve values.  In complicated systems we can build their parts and then put them together in order to create the system. They are often engineered. Instead we cannot create a complex adaptive system (CAS) from scratch and expect to turn out just how we expected.

Edgar Morin

A beautiful interview reminding us the essence of teaching

Complexity and Education

I am trying to find the theoretical framework for my research project. Education, which is my main interest is not an easy construct to define. If the construct is not clear the research outcomes, the findings are not clear either.  In the search of a compelling definition that includes the organic part of it I found “Complexity” a possible candidate to frame my research with.

Some readings so forth:
The complexity of learning I
The complexity of learning II 

And to complement lets see what is science for some interesting scientists?
From Maria Popova in Brainpickings

Freeman Dyson:
All of science is uncertain and subject to revision. The glory of science is to imagine more than we can prove.

Claude Levi-Strauss:
The scientist is not a persona who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.

Isaac Asimov:
Science does not purvey absolute truth, science is a mechanism. It’s a system for testing your knowledge of nature, it’s a system for testing your thoughts against the universe and seeing whether  they match.