Welcome, I’m Dr Josey De Rossi, Director of Fantastic Learning Systems.
I set up FLS to share what I’ve learned in curriculum content creation, including the use of rapid authoring software.
For all my time in education, as a teacher and a published author, I have wanted to bring together the art of highly specialised knowledge and skills of my creative work with effective practices of teaching and learning.
My take on blending these aspects of my life with two qualities of learning which are not usually paired – the challenge of being productive alongside the reward of learning as a source of deep personal joy.
The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the preciousness of human contact. Human beings were not meant to live locked-down and cut off from family and friends. On the other hand, I don’t believe we are as aware of the importance our social connections on the quality of how we learn as we should be. And we are even less aware that learning itself gives rise to our sense of resilience and well being. So, balancing the quantitative (economic, measurable and financial realities) and qualitative (social, emotional, values-driven) aspects of managing our way through the learning systems we share with others is complex!
Not opposed but complementary
Consider the following observations on being productive and engaged in education. The first gives readers the big picture while the second pinpoints a specific contemporary educational practice. These two viewpoints are not to be treated as ‘either /or’ of curriculum know-how but complementary book-ends of understanding what drives it.
Education’s productivity is important at many levels. At one level it is about the realization of individual potential and personal success and achieving that in an appropriate length of time. At another level, when governments are reflecting on the distribution of “tax dollars” and are faced with challenging decisions on what to fund in health, welfare, security and economic development then investment in education quite rightly must stand up to close scrutiny. At a third level, productivity in education may be related to governments achieving a peaceful and cohesive social structure. This is not to suggest that education should teach compliance, but that it should assist citizens in learning how to socialize, empathize, influence and communicate.Driving Education Forward at www.PrometheanWorld.com
Now, look at these comments by Sarah Dart, Lecturer in Learning & Teaching Development, Impact and Recognition, Queensland University of Technology:
The use of educational videos in schools and universities was on the rise before COVID-19. Now, with continuing disruption by the pandemic, more educators are developing educational videos to support student learning. Similarly, students are increasingly looking to places like YouTube for educational content. Intuitively, we might think a video’s production quality is what matters – fancy recording equipment, a professional studio environment and flawless editing. While these “bells and whistles” can be attractive, some of the most successful educational YouTube channels actually use very simple production styles. For example, Khan Academy records handwriting on a tablet screen. Eddie Woo of WooTube often films his high school classroom teaching.The Conversation, December 18, 2020
In Arts & The Creation of Mind (2002), Elliot Eisner brings together various aspects of teaching and learning through his view of ‘artful teaching’. In essence, the contract is drawn about the two through paying attention to relationships This leads on, he believes, to many benefits such as being flexible in our purpose, shaping content to exercise the imagination and transform experience into language. Granted, he also says, a good education system is hard to achieve but the pay-off is to experience joy, a term that isn’t used much in education.
How Should You Manage Complexity In Teaching & Learning Relationship?
In the last decade, I have expanded on my doctoral research into the creative industries to link pedagogy to the world of work and entrepreneurship. I have worked in schools to prepare students to work in a ‘gig economy’. My project-based methods use team-based digital tools by Atlassian, Kajabi and Hubspot. Mine is an eclectic outlook that takes in
- communication systems,
- teaching strategies, and
- assessment methods.
I design and manage projects so that the inherent challenges of teaching and learning are revealed. Most importantly, as one assistant principal described, I focus on narratives of growth and change. For that reason, I claim to do more than ‘market’ schools or businesses in my curriculum designs. Instead, my work combines professional development and public relations to optimise how learning gives you control and agency over your work.
Nothing About Monetising An Online Creative Career Seem Natural To Me!
You read blogs, books, do courses, consult with experts but nothing in your creative career seems to prepare you for a way of life which monetises your creative vision. Let me share with you a few truths I discovered.