Reimagining Learning: Designing Experiences that Empower and Engage Inventive Learners

The power of pen and pixel provide unprecedented experiences for learning and inventiveness limited only by our own curiosity, imagination, and wonder. But to create those opportunities, we need to design the learner experience around empowerment, engagement, and inventiveness. This means exploring and experimenting with these designs as we reimagine learning as moonshot thinkers, which became the focus of my recent keynote at the Northern Illinois Computing Educators MiniCon.

Guiding Questions

  • How do we amplify the creative thoughts, sparks, and passions of individual¬†students with the conditions, people, and resources in an organization to bring those ideas to life?
  • What if we created conditions for agency, agility, and people who lead to engagement and inventiveness?
  • What if we shifted our beliefs and actions of our classrooms towards a garage studios concept?
  • How might we make schooling worthy of student engagement
  • What if ¬†we focused on joy, love, and passions over policies, procedures, and standardization?
  • What if we were able to tell our story instead

While there are many paths towards classroom as garage studio where agency, agility, engagement, and inventiveness rule, there are four experiences at the heart of this transformation.

  1. Pen and Pixel
  2. People and Places
  3. Pause and Perspective
  4. Play and Produce

Today, we need to reimagine learning around more than skills, more than content. It is about co-designing experiences for knowledge, skills, mindsets, and dispositions. It is about getting beyond saying and start doing. It is about more than ideas but watching those ideas blow up when wrapped around resources, people, and time.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Ryan,

    This is great. Hope it becomes an article in a professional journal that I can reference in a book on creativity I’m working on. Love the ideas and the philosophy behind them.

    Doug

    Reply
    • Thanks Doug. You words mean a lot to me given your virtual mentoring you’ve provided to me for many years! An article would be wonderful – need to explore that option.

      Reply

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