💬 Using Adaptive Change Methods to Revolutionize Education (Modern Learners)

Replied to Podcast #39 – Using Adaptive Change Methods to Revolutionize Education (Modern Learners)

Do you know the difference between technical change and adaptive change? Most change in schools involves technical change, like “dressing up” the current situation, but not really addressing the underlying issues. Adaptive change, as defined by Harvard’s Ron Heifetz, is changing culture, worldview, and self-worth. These are the changes that are the hardest to make and require a re-imagination of our culture and our basic roles. The message is that we need to stop “playing around the edges” and make changes that really get to the core.

Another interesting listen, with so much to reflect upon.

One thing that stood out though was Will Richardson’s reference to “a post shared on LinkedIn and Facebook.” I wonder if this is the ‘Modern’ world, one ruled by platform capitalism? If:

We need to stop “playing around the edges” and make changes that really get to the core

then I wonder if this is really the core?

I understand our focus should be about ‘learning’, but if there is anything to come out of the recent Cambridge Analytica revelations, then it is surely that we need a better model moving forward.

The future may not involve everyone to #DeleteFacebook, but I would hope that those leading technological change would lead the way? I have the same concern about Anil Dash writing about the open web in a post on Medium. For me, the future is the IndieWeb, for others it is a Domain of One’s Own. I think that both of these discussions touch upon the idea of a canonical URL.

3 responses on “💬 Using Adaptive Change Methods to Revolutionize Education (Modern Learners)”

  1. As always, thanks for listening and thinking Aaron.

    For me, it’s a case of meeting people where they are in terms of engaging them in thinking differently about education. And people are on LinkedIn and FB. But also, it’s been a long time since my posts have garnered 50+ comments as many of them do on LI. And the conversations are pretty good. Respectful, at least. I guess the question is for those of us hoping to pull others into a dialogue around the future of education, do we wait for them to find us, or do we go to them?

    1. Thank you Will for your response.

      I can see your point and apologies if I was not being respectful. I guess I maybe being greedy and wanting both.

      When I think about Doug Belshaw’s notion of digital literacies:

      “The 8 Essential Elements of Digital Literacies #digilit” by mrkrndvs is licensed under CC BY-SA

      I wonder if it is a case where we are each touching upon a particular element. In your case it is probably more about the cognitive and communicative, whereas my priority is the critical and constructive. Maybe we all have our particular parts to play?

      Thank you as always.


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