#Change11 #CCK12 A reflection of Howard Gardner’s 5 different minds & What sort of questions to ask

Here is Howard Gardner’s video

Howard mentions the 5 different minds:

1. Disciplinary

2. Synthesising

3. Creating

4. Respectful

5. Ethical

I am particularly interested in his comments on

(a) kiss up, kick down – that is a bad joke, and is rather “disrespectful” in education.  My interpretation is that such culture of “pleasing” others in order to achieve one’s goals seems to be overly “selfish” and egoistic, where a professional could lose his/her integrity if he or she practises in such a way in the profession.  I think it is important to share our views on this “practice” critically, especially in institutions, rather than shying away from examining the impact of such practice or “cultures” that may influence our reputation as an educator.

(b) the ethical meltdown in young people.

Howard emphasizes the five different areas of ethics at this digital age:

1. Identity

2. Privacy

3. Ownership and authorship

4. Credibility and trustworthiness

5. Participation

Here Howard comments that a lot of assumptions about these areas of ethics have to be rethought.

I think there are lots of assumptions relating to the issues of digital identity, privacy and participation for both educators and learners, and how these would impact on ones education and learning in a virtual environment.

With the opening of this Pandora’s box, I am interested in thinking about some aspects of five minds and issues that Howard mentioned.

What sort of questions would help?

#Change11 #CCK12 How are education strategies developed and measured?

How are education strategies developed and measured in Higher Education?

I think education (HE in particular) is now being considered as a business, where a business model has been used to achieve the vision of education and strategies developed based on a Balanced Score Card approach.  Here education success would be measured based on the achievement of goals and vision set forth in the strategic plan, and the evaluation and review of the plan.

Here is the Balanced Scorecard which is typically used in developing the strategic plan:

Does it look familiar to you?

Customers of education could include the students, and all those who are “purchasing” education as products.  This is especially the case in privately owned education institution, or in higher and vocational education.

Another measure of education is the results from the test and examination, where students’ achievement would be an important measure of success in education.

Would this sort of framework be applicable to MOOC?  Why/Why not?