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Scholarship and Work-Based Practice Integration

Updated: Jan 30

Envision a classroom not as a conventional lecture space but as an industrious workshop, where theoretical sparks fly and the pragmatic hammering of skills fuses into a harmonious learning experience. At the heart of my pedagogical approach lies a commitment to learner-centric approach, an imperative driven by the evolving needs of Generation Z and Alpha learners. These digital natives, ever-attuned to technological advancements, seek educational experiences that resonate with their tech-savvy nature and emerging ambitions.

In charting one of my courses, I have drawn inspiration from the pioneering work of design thinkers like David Kelley, John Maeda, and Ellen Lupton. Their advocacy for an interdisciplinary blend and the integration of cultural narratives in design steered my instructional strategies towards a more comprehensive and inclusive trajectory.

My engagement with the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice program, catalysed a critical reassessment of traditional educational theories.

The Behaviorist Learning Theory, with its emphasis on passive learning and stimulus-response mechanics, appeared antiquated in our GPS-navigated reality. Recognizing its limitations in cultivating creativity and internal motivation, I shifted towards active engagement strategies in line with Social Constructivism. This paradigm, which views learning as a communal venture, transformed my classroom into a lively hub where knowledge is co-created through peer interaction and collaborative projects.

A pivotal aspect of this transformative journey was incorporating technology into teaching. The experiment's focus on gamification altered my perception of technology's role in education. Platforms like Gimkit evolved from mere assessment tools to conduits for metacognitive development, encouraging autonomous and self-directed learning. The implementation of peer teaching through gamified assessments was a breakthrough, echoing advancements in the transformative use of technology in education.

Reflecting on this educational odyssey, I recognized the necessity of continuous professional development and a refined approach to teaching. It involves a steadfast commitment to staying adaptive and responsive, integrating research-based strategies while fostering a collaborative and innovative learning environment. As I navigate this evolving educational landscape, my goal is to provide an education that not only imparts knowledge but also sparks innovation and prepares learners to adapt and excel in the fluid world of responsible product design.


References & Recommended Reading

  • Kelley, D., & Kelley, T. (2013). Creative Confidence.

  • Lupton, E. (2010). Thinking with Type.

  • Maeda, J. (2006). The Laws of Simplicity.

Related Works: Refer to my essay for a deeper understanding of individual learner respect in action.

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