Monday, August 01, 2011

Fundamental Questions for Frugl Inovtns: Transform? Preserve?

What do you most want to gain?
Cherish and want not to lose?  See below for more specific Fundamental Question

Encourage, Enable, Engage = A Vision Worth Working Toward (VWWT)
A "Vision Worth Working Toward" is more than an expectation and less than a prediction. It must be an inspiring but plausible goal that we can work toward and make visible progress - soon. More...

Information technology can be the excuse and the means to make almost any kinds of change in education and elsewhere. As you consider the following questions, think about the kinds of change that might happen to your students, your colleagues, your institution, and yourself. What should be transformed? What should be preserved?

These Fundamental Questions for Frugal Innovations are sequenced to invite you to begin thinking broadly and then to narrow your focus to specific "low-threshold" improvements in teaching and learning that can begin soon. These improvements should be worthwhile, easy to begin, and easy to share.

Additional, More Specific Fundamental Questions for Frugal Innovation  
3. What are some worthwhile improvements we can make quickly and easily? [Small steps]
4. How can we share more widely improvements that work well enough? How can we support collegial sharing?
5. How can we ensure additional improvements after these? And after those? And so on...?
6. How can we help more people take advantage more easily and more often of resources to which they are already entitled?

How can we reclothe the emperor? e.g., not only expose new misleading claims about online education as panacea, but also offer practical guidance?


Photo of 4 people entirely covered by brightly multi-colored crocheted body-suits, 
 "100% Acrylic Art Guards" "by Agata Olek / Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / 20090926.10D.54777.P1.L1 / SML""
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"Agata Olek (Flickr)

"'I think crochet, the way I create it, is a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and its systems and psychology. The connections are stronger as one fabric as opposed to separate strands, but, if you cut one, the whole thing will fall apart.
"Relationships are complex and greatly vary situation to situation. They are developmental journeys of growth, and transformation. Time passes, great distances are surpassed and the fabric which individuals are composed of compiles and unravels simultaneously.'"...

1 comment:

  1. Steve, I continue to advocate for faculty learning communities to provide answers to the specific fundamental questions for frugal innovation. Research on their outcomes has confirmed that with implementation of tested approaches they can be engaged quickly and easily, provide steps to becoming a learning organization through collegial sharing, are sustainable, and offer a structure to provide resources to colleagues.


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