Christmas Special! How do spooky muppets guide Scrooge through transformative Learning? (ft. experiential learning & rants)

Christmas Special! How do spooky muppets guide Scrooge through transformative Learning? (ft. experiential learning & rants)

 
 
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Merry Christmas from Mike and Mark at Pedagodzilla! In this extra festive episode we explore Jack Mezirow’s transformative learning, through the lens of the greatest Christmas movie of all time (and by gum we’ll die on that hill) The Muppets Christmas Carol.

Also Mike had to edit out around 20 minutes of ranting about the need for rationalism in society. It was great stuff though, do let us know if you’d like an unedited copy. Spoiler alert, anti-vaxxers, COVID deniers and holistic medicine purveyors.

If you want to wish us a merry Christmas, or just lay a lump of coal in our stockings for misrepresenting Mezirow, then hit us up on the Twitters.

Why is a Mickey Mouse degree actually the best kind of degree you could experience? (Or, Pedagodzilla and the tale of The Thrice Edged Blade)

Why is a Mickey Mouse degree actually the best kind of degree you could experience? (Or, Pedagodzilla and the tale of The Thrice Edged Blade)

 
 
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Join a band of starry eyed adventurers, Mike Collins (Learning Designer at the Open University, Bard), Chris Cox, (Learning Designer at Cranfield University, Paladin) and Mark Childs (Senior Learning Designer at Durham University, Rogue), as they battle through concepts and goblins, in search of the thrice edged blade!

We explore narrative in narrative, narrative in education, and narrative in your pocket to add to both you and your students toolkits.

It’s a belter, and we had a lot of fun with it. If you enjoy it, then do let us know and hit us up on the Twitters.

And while you’re reading episode descriptions, why not check out Chris’s art over at his website mrchriscox.com? You can contact him about his fabulous book there.

(Props to Mark, who did the second, third, fourth and fifth pass of the edit – reducing it to less than an hour.)

(Original artwork for this episode by Chris Cox)

How litigious is Alan Bennett when it comes to pedagogic monologues?

How litigious is Alan Bennett when it comes to pedagogic monologues?

 
 
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In yet another weird and wonderful special, Mark Childs, Mark Williams and Mike Collins each present a silly pedagogic monologue in the style of everyone’s favourite northern playwright. Hopefully he won’t take us to court over our dreadful impersonations.

We’ll use these carefully crafted dramatic masterpieces to discuss:

Vampiric Learning Styles.

Magical journeys through virtual learning spaces without enough biscuits.

The pedagogic fuzz in constructive alignment busts.

Oh yeah, the format we’re riffing on is loosely Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads by the way. Great show. Mike misses the point though and just writes a straight up dramatic monologue. Whoopsiedoodle.

If you enjoy the episode, then hit us up on the Twitters and let us know. If you didn’t enjoy the episode then why not try Terry Green’s Gettin’ Air? He has all sorts of fancy pedagogic peeps on his show. It’s very profesh and much less likely to be sued by a national treasure.

How does Julie Andrews escape Nazis with Active Learning?

How does Julie Andrews escape Nazis with Active Learning?

 
 
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The hills are aliiiiive with the sooooound of lectuuuuures. And that’s why Active Learning is so gosh darned important.

In this episode we’ll be answering the bloody stupid question, ‘How does Julie Andrews escape nazis with active learning?’. To do so we’ll look back to the veil of time to the pre-on demand media era, to the 1965 Rogers and Hammerstein classic ‘The Sound of Music’.

If you’re less than thirty years old and have no idea what it is, it’s that thing that’s been parodied a million times. Think doe-ray-me, getting buzzed by a helicopter on a mountain, and escaping from zer nazis by getting a standing ovation.

Active learning is an umbrella term for a load of stuff. You can find Olivia’s cracking article on the subject over here at the OU Learning Design blog.

If you enjoy the episode, then hit us up on the Twitters and let us know. If you didn’t enjoy the episode then I hear Joe Rogan is pretty popular.

Mailbox Magic – How do Ontology and Epistomology help you kill JarJar Binks with headcannons?

A photograph of much beloved Jar Jar Binks

Mailbox Magic – How do Ontology and Epistomology help you kill JarJar Binks with headcannons?

 
 
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This is a special mailbox episode, at the request of Scott R. Cowan who asked us to demystify Ontology, Epistomology, Positivism and Interpretivism. Not only will we lift the veil on the terms and show you how they fit together, but we’ll also give you the mental equipment you need to erase poorly written CG monsters from your sci-fi canon of choice.

‘Another Star Wars episode?!’ I hear you cry over the internet. Well pish and pertiddle I say, there’s so much learning and teaching in those movies (and they’re so ubiquitous that they make a great accessible schema to frame things against) that we could genuinely smash it against a pedagogy every single episode. We go against that base instinct for your sake though listeners, because we love you.

And because as geeks we’re at the buffet table of nerdism, as opposed to the set menu.

On that subject, we were infiltrated by a non-geek in this episode! We’re joined by Olivia who has a special interest in the subject, but has only ever seen one Star Wars movie. And it was one of the prequels. Egad.

Mark wrote a smashing blog on the subject of this episode. You can find it on his site here.

If you’ve got something you’re particularly interested in us covering in the old pedagogical world, then do let us know. You can hit us up via the twitters @pedagodzilla.

Don’t Pivot, Swivel – Episode 3

Don’t Pivot, Swivel – Episode 3

 
 
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Mark’s third dip into pandemic pedagogy is with Professor Peter Hartley. This came about because Mark and Peter are invited every year to do a presentation at the SOLSTICE conference at Edge Hill University. Because of lockdown they were asked to do a video or narrated PowerPoint on the impact of Covid-19 instead. This looked at the tendency of many people who did the pivot to online to behave as if online learning wasn’t just new to them, but new to everyone.

There’s speculation about what mechanisms could have led to this lack of awareness, and why online pedagogy principles hadn’t previously permeated practice. Though without the alliteration. They also took apart the number of bad takes on online learning in newspapers, including those that are for the teaching profession. And they did all these discussions about the pandemic and what happened after as if looking back on it from 2045.

The narrated PowerPoint is at https://figshare.edgehill.ac.uk/articles/presentation/Looking_back_at_the_2020_pandemic/12416009  The audio is a bit shorter but there’s pictures!

Dave Lister, Modern Day Socrates? Can we smash the 2020 Innovating Pedagogy report in to Red Dwarf?

Dave Lister, Modern Day Socrates? Can we smash the 2020 Innovating Pedagogy report in to Red Dwarf?

 
 
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In the third and final part of our lockdown schedule ruining miniseries, ‘WHERE’S MY HOVERBOARD?!’, we pick through some of our favourite articles from the 2020 Innovating Pedagogy Report , exploring Posthumanism, Esports in education – and most importantly how gosh darned much we love Red Dwarf.

I’m not kidding. I easily trimmed twenty straight minutes of us chatting about our favourite bits, and there’s still so much there.

Mark mentions a Foxdrop in the family near the end of the show. You can find the video he’s referring to here.

We’re back to our semi-normal output after this, but if you’ve enjoyed it – or have a particular bit of pointy pedagogy you want us to poke, then do let us know via the twitters.

My (Mike’s) audio went a bit funny in this episode, and I had to revert to the backup – so apologies to those with particularly keen ears who notice the extra compression.

School’s out forever! How does Problem based learning help Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (Ft.Computational thinking)

School’s out forever! How does Problem based learning help Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (Ft.Computational thinking)

 
 
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Now here’s a Brucie bonus for you – it’s a pedagogy 2 for the price of 1 special!

We’ve got Rebecca Ferguson, innovator of pedagogy and watcher of Buffy joining us to figure out the classroom conundrum of problem based learning, and the metacognitive monster of computational thinking.

We mention the Innovating Pedagogy report in here, which is great (the report more so than the mention)! You can access it here, as well as some handy dandy resources for the hip and trendy educator in a hurry.

Trying something a little different in the shownotes by the way, here’s a cheeky cheat sheet on the bones of one of the episode’s pedagogies:

As ever – if you want to get in touch or call us out on our nonsense then do let us know via the twitters @pedagodzilla.

Minority report or majority thought? The didn’ts and mightses of the future of ed-tech

Minority report or majority thought? The didn’ts and mightses of the future of ed-tech

 
 
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It’s the second in our three part miniseries, WHERE’S MY HOVERBOARD?! Where we take some of our future prediction principles from part 1 and then bash them up against some of the big things that were supposed to transform education…but didn’t, and then look ahead to things that might actually have a fighting chance.

And because we’re PGZ, we’ll be doing it with a bit of Minority Report slapped over the top, because why the heck not.

We’ll be talking about:

  • Adaptive learning
  • Second Life
  • iTunes U
  • Podcasts
  • ITAs (Intelligent teaching assistants)
  • Next generation digital learning environments

Mark references a great article by Audrey Watters as well that we’d encourage you to check out: The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade by Audrey Watters

As ever – if you want to get in touch or call us out on our nonsense then do let us know via the twitters @pedagodzilla.

Where Krathwohl meets Krang – Applying taxonomies through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle course design

Where Krathwohl meets Krang – Applying taxonomies through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle course design

 
 
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Another weird and wonderful episode in our current run of weird and wonderful episodes! Mike and Mark reflect on a fun and funky learning design session, where we tried to learn and apply Krathwohl’s take on Bloom’s taxonomy using the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a roomful of colleagues.

If you’d like to try and run a similar session yourself, then Mark’s made a shareable version of the PowerPoint presentation with all the slides on the models you could need, and the guide for how to run the workshop. The main focuses are:

  • Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Krathwohl and Dettmer’s domains
  • Which Ninja Turtle weirdly owns a pet turtle.

Mark mentions Andrew Churches model, applying Krathwohl in a digital context – that’s here – https://learn.canvas.net/courses/942/pages/blooms-taxonomy-and-digital-tasks