Just sharing some ideas about what we're up to as we prepare to roll out the new "Learning Theater" service to the TC community (and beyond!): see my post over on my Pressible site, Art as Work.
Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner, and Leigh Honeywell have co-authored a great blog post "No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities". The article is aimed at the "tech community" and how it can better support women. It's also a great read on making more supportive, collaborative, creative teams.
It's probably worth taking another look at Godin's Linchpin with ideas from this article, and see how it holds up against the "rock star" metaphor...
As part of managing Learning Theater events, I expect we will use checklists. Checklists are critical for accomplishing complex tasks efficiently and with a high degree of accuracy. But of course there are bad and good checklists.
Ideally, we'd be able to not only manage personal checklists (which I rely on every day!), but shared checklists with the ability to share tasks and accurately communicate about who completed a task and when. Redbooth is an example of an online software solution that allows for this.
I've been perusing marketing and customer service literature lately to reflect on the upcoming patron/learner/audience experience (PLAX??) in the theater.
A takeaway I have from this reading is that a huge challenge of the theater will be feeling comfortable (as staff) with the scarcity of access the overall community will have to this new space. See Figure 1 for a meditation on scarcity!
There's a don't-miss read in the Times about teams at work: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
I think we aspire to build strong teams across our whole organization, but this is a great reminder about habits and indicators that will help us continue to do so... and perhaps even improve over time.
We're producing this series for the TC Admissions Office to help create a conversation about the College's impact. Notably, several folks have talked about using these episodes as a way to introduce new students to the College—i.e., the theme of the latest LT Games!
Have you ever wished there was only a single level of categorization on Wordpress sites? The rockers over at RNDM have nailed it:
It's my honor to share an important video that was published by EdLab today—our latest #TCChangemaker on Amanda Aiken, an alumna of Teachers College working in New Orleans. This is part of our series we're producing for the TC Admissions Office to help create a conversation about the College's impact, and it will likely be featured in an ad campaign in The Atlantic this fall. We're also excited to launch this on the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster that devastated New Orleans. We hope this will be one more way we help the conversation about democracy and education continue.
Our work is hard. The work of many educators is harder. I hope you'll take a moment to reflect on EdLab's mission, and the complex routines that are a part of our work, and how you're able to bring your whole self to the tasks we work on together—every day, every week, every year.
If you weren't here when EdLab launched the Teaching the Levees curriculum, check it out!
The next generation of learning spaces will take all the characteristics of an active learning environment—flexibility, collaboration, team-based, project-based—and add the capability of creating and making.
Ready for the Learning Theater? The world is. Check out this recent Educause article, Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space