Every fortnight (two weeks) our editor sends along a few links with the most noteworthy quote from each article, a way of keeping our team abreast of what’s going on in the world around peer-learning, collective learning and knowledge sharing. We decided to share them alongside the magazine.
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In the humanities, there are sound reasons for sticking with the traditional model of the large lecture course combined with small weekly discussion sections. Lectures are essential for teaching the humanities’ most basic skills: comprehension and reasoning, skills whose value extends beyond the classroom to the essential demands of working life and citizenship.
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As a community, we are reaching a tipping point in education that lays the groundwork for shifting from closed school systems to open and vibrant learning ecosystems. The promise of providing bright, boundless opportunities for all youth lies in this shift. We launch Collective Shift and LRNG to connect this ecosystem and to ensure that all youth find their path to future success.
The idea is to inspire leaders to develop responses to the challenges of implementing change in their own contexts, while equipping them with new knowledge and providing space to critically reflect on their own practice. The leaders come away not with “best practice,” but with tools, inspiration and a global network of colleagues that will support and encourage each other once they return to their offices. The first cohort, which met in Feb. 2015, are still using their WhatsApp group to stay in touch and share experiences.
In addressing disaster risk we need both modern and traditional knowledge and tools to ensure cost effective, culturally acceptable, contextualised and sustainable solutions. Knowledge sharing is a two-way street. Traditional, local knowledge can be exchanged with sophisticated, modern knowledge. We are rich in practices and experiences of dealing with changing climate conditions. Culturally approved knowledge of our location may be a useful tool for other locations of the country or other parts of the world.
Compared to training done by guest trainers, peer-led training has the benefit of continuity. Training seminars by guest trainers are often a one-off event, and employees are expected to apply what they have learned by themselves after the training. However, for peer-led trainings, because the trainer is an employee working at the same workplace, employees are able to easily clarify any doubts or engage in follow-up discussions regarding the training content as they apply their new knowledge and skills to the job. In other words, peer-led training allows for continuous guidance through the entire learning process, from input to output.
Preschool classrooms, Mr. Deming said, look a lot like the modern work world. Children move from art projects to science experiments to the playground in small groups, and their most important skills are sharing and negotiating with others. But that soon ends, replaced by lecture-style teaching of hard skills, with less peer interaction.
Work, meanwhile, has become more like preschool.
The size of the donation Zuckerberg and Chan are making is unknown, but we do know that the school will be free, and will be able to cater to 700 students and their families.