Messy and Unpredictable – the core strengths of Challenge-based Learning

I recently read with interest an article titled “The Messy and Unpredictable Classroom”.  I was struck by the overlaps between the qualities of the messy and unpredictable classroom and the type of challenge-based learning I use across my classes. The consensus is that creating ambiguity for students to work through is essential to their development […]

“Student-centred” and “open-ended” essentials for Challenge-Based projects

I’ve been thinking about the importance of creating the opportunities for requisite diversity in challenge-based learning.  Back in the 1990s when I was still teaching Drama, even production work became project-oriented and my students never had lock-step content-driven pathways to follow. They were regularly expected to forge their own pathways, assess each situation, and approach […]

Alternate Reality Learning Experiences – Immersive Project Based Learning.

In 2015 I was one of the international learning designers advising Pearson Education Research and Innovation Network on the development of a new project-based learning experience entitled SCORCH. Rob Kadel produced this slideset to outline the principles and processes that underpinned SCORCH   The TECH and LEARNING Magazine featured the project in April 2015:  https://www.techlearning.com/tl-advisor-blog/9248 […]

Positioning project work at the heart of learning

WELCOME TO THE TIDES PROGRAM The TIDES program is probably going to be a little bit different than many of your other courses across all the Learning Areas. TIDES emphasises interdisciplinary, cross-curricular, collaborative, and community-linked learning experiences to foster increased learner engagement, development, and autonomy through the frames of Technology Innovation Design Enterprise Sustainability. Now […]

STEM4Innovation – A Western Australian journey into connected STEM education.

STEM4Innovation – A Western Australian journey into connected STEM education. In March 2020, the reality of the global COVID-19 emergency became manifest in Western Australia.  The experience of school closures, work from home, social and physical distancing, and the rapid adoption of online learning and teaching practices were suddenly part of every citizen’s life. A […]

STEM4Innovation – Building upon the successes of 2020

STEM4Innovationpiloted in 2020 with 22 schools and over 700 students working to develop solution proposals for Professor Fiona Wood with the support of the WA Innovation Hub, the WA Public Sector Commission, WA Health, Curtin University, and others.  The STEM acronym should be read as a verb! STEM4Innovationis an umbrella project for engagement across the entire WA community […]

Mentors and Industry Experts supporting STEM4Innovation

The following individuals and their organisations have offered support for schools participating in the Hospital Immersion Challenge.Please acknowledge any support they provide to you, and recognise that they also have busy working lives and need to balance their engagement with the Hospital Immersion Challenge with other ongoing priorities.Where possible it would be good to organise […]

STEM4Innovation – real world projects

STEM 4 Innovation We’ve set our challenge as: “How do we emerge from COVID-19 impacts with an education system that is responsive, adaptable, contributory, community-linked, and future-focussed?” This program was borne out of the imagination of Western Australian educators wanting to generate authentic learning experiences for WA school students to apply STEM-inspired, curriculum-linked, design-thinking processes […]