Reframing remote education with hope using principles of human psychology and value-based education.
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The words 'remote education in times of COVID-19' come tainted with subconscious negativity. The common human behavioural bias of declinism (a cognitive disposition to view the past as being more 'rosy' than the future) adds to this subconscious negativity.
The framing effect in psychology teaches us that the way a concept or option is presented or worded can make or break its use and reputation by the audience. Before trying to 'fix the curriculum' in remote education, we must first change the framing around it - to enable students, teachers and parents to approach it with hope rather than doubt.
Research proves that having hope ensures the short term academic and long term educational growth of students. It is a cognitive process of planning and motivation related thoughts - both of which lie at the heart of pursuing a goal. (Yotsidi et al., 2018)
This framing of 'remote education' using hope will help frame the future of education as something that is NOT just statistical, top-down and lecture-based but one that is truly human.
So, how do we do this new framing? One idea is to add meaning to each letter. This new framing of the word 'remote' would have positive effects on everyone involved - teachers, students and parents. This simple idea is easy to scale and can be a unifying, global model for how we view remote education
R = Reimagined (Emphasising creativity), E = Emotional (Emphasising softer sides of human beings), M = Modular (Emphasising the syllabus and curriculum of schools), O = Open (Emphasising freedom of speech and ideas), T = Technological (Emphasising innovation & use of technology), E = Exchange (Emphasising interaction and bottom-up nature of education)
It is important that this framing isn't done in isolation and all the aspects of this new remote education are emulated in its delivery. So, how might we do this? Here are some ideas.
The previous model of education usually involved lecture delivery in schools and then doing homework at home. Most of the independent learning was being done at home with no chance to solve doubts and get inspiration until the next lecture. In the case of remote learning, we can re-piece this puzzle. Teachers can record video classes and have options for students to view this video at their own pace, with the option to pause the video & comment their ideas and doubts - which get locked at whatever minute mark they've paused the video at. This open model would give students hope. Teachers can set one-week deadlines to watch videos to ensure some module-oriented discipline.
The bond between a teacher and student is precious, second only to that between parent and child. Interactive sessions over video between students and teachers can be used for discussions about how the students feel, what their dreams are related to that subject and what they're struggling with - for value-based education delivery rather than for lectures. Parents can also tune in on some interactive sessions with teachers to speak about the development of their child and for sharing ideas on how education delivery can be best optimised.
Education today and tomorrow must seek to equip us with emotional stability and the power to deal with uncertainty - the COVID situation only goes to prove the importance of this skill. The new REMOTE edu. would seek to do just that.
Remote education surely comes with some hurdles. But what makes human beings strong is our power of community and collaboration and that is what inspired this idea. With this superpower, we can overcome anything - and painting collective global hope around remote education, not just in words but in delivery can enable us to not only make the most of it but also to redefine education as a reimagined, emotional, modular, open, technological and exchange-based system.
Did you see what I did there? Yup, that's the new REMOTE edu. Let's do this!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I'm an about-to-graduate Bachelor of Design student from India. For the last year, I've been working on my social design internship-thesis in Amsterdam. The thesis explored education as a means to make social design more accessible globally. I pride myself on being the daughter of an excellent statistics teacher and I'm also someone who played teacher-teacher every day as a child - goes to prove that education is one of my biggest passions and when blended with the magic of design, I know that it can be reimagined brilliantly.
Human psychology and behaviour is something that's driven a lot of my work and interests and when I think of human beings adapting to any new system, my first thought goes towards biases. Human beings are irrational animals - as proven by behavioural economics theorists. The new REMOTE edu. idea was inspired by the principles of behavioural design. I also wanted to think of something simple and scalable that can have a long term effect of global unity.