We were lucky to be born into this moment.
As a kid, the magic of a great teacher and a deep learning experience gave me goose bumps. And I still love it - the mess of it, the fun of it, the breakthroughs of it, and that quiet promise of making meaning and taking big next steps.
Today is both nothing new and something special ...
lands somewhere in the middle of a big-but-so-far-pretty-slow-moving change in how learners can access and engage with learning experiences, and in our options for designing and making them happen. It's an opportunity for those who choose to embrace it.
Consider for a minute ...
there was no internet.
Email and Google were still a good ways off. Photos were expensive and video pretty much didn't happen. And the world's most powerful (and prohibitively expensive) computers did much less than the ones in your pocket right now.
When we were young,
Yet here we are. All that stuff's literally at our fingertips and at our command - in a wonderful world where a pencil, a good old chalkboard, and a little bit of time can still compete as the right teaching and learning tools.
What, how will you be teaching in 5 years?
What role do you want to play?
If you're really out to create those (messy, fun, meaningful, breakthrough, meaning-making, next-step) significant learning experiences in the world around you, then what's your 5-year plan for yourself and your team?
What's your strategy? What technologies will you use? Or deliberately not use? What new approaches and methodologies do you want to have in your tool kit by then? What decades-old ones will you hold on to? And how will you be your best and healthiest self throughout the journey?
And are you ready?
Now I'm a teaching professor & edupreneur ...
Hi, I'm Alex Bruton
I love to teach. I love to help others who teach. And I love the art and science of designing the environments where significant learning happens.
Learn more about me & who I've worked with ...
Today I'm a teaching professor and a several-time edupreneur, and I think my younger self would be pretty excited to hear what I do every day!
Alex Lab is a new project for me. It's a way for me to share my own answers to the curriculum design, faculty development, and educational strategy questions raised here - as I'm chasing them down. Watch for the release of our tools and frameworks, our new Curriculum Design Studio online course, and more. Thanks for being here!
Check out the tools and frameworks ...