In modern, 21st-century education, we push both students and educators to be global collaborators, critical thinkers, and creative communicators. We ask them to be more agile, to prepare for the dynamic, yet ambiguous workplace ahead of them, but, we do very little in higher-ed and K-12 education to prepare both students and teachers to navigate these difficult challenges.
How do we build capacity with our educators, and how do we prepare our students for this ever-changing world? We need educators to collaborate in groups to develop their curriculum and teaching styles, just as much as we need students to collaborate on their group projects and communication. Perhaps this pedagogy can mimic real-world workplace problems that they'll face in the future.
I was inspired by my personal higher-ed experience at the California College of the Arts' MBA in Design Strategy (DMBA for short), while working as a ProInspire fellow in a DC Public Charter schools, and deliberating this idea with DC OpenIDEO chapter-mates. This experience taught me the value of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, among many other values in education in modern education - most importantly, how little it was strategically taught.
With my experiences this past year, I believe that authentic teaching moments where students are equipped to make critical decisions about their own education will provide students the greatest educational benefit. The job of the teacher is to lay the foundation and give students the guidance to think independently, and act collaboratively. How we can do this is through a well-designed frameworks for a community of teachers around the world can work together, while another community of students from around the world can work together as well.
CCA DMBA Open-Source Curricula
The MBA in Design Strategy program has been continuously publishing some of its curricula as free syllabi and teaching materials to help instructors teach key topics for the future.
So far, these courses are studio courses, meant to teach students by making and doing, instead of merely reading and regurgitating.
These ready-to-use syllabi can easily be customized for different situations. They are primarily created for design and business programs at the graduate and undergraduate level, but can be adopted for teaching to most any audience at most any level.
These curricula are published under the following Creative Commons license.
I belong to a MBA program at CCA where nearly half of my classmates are commuters from across the globe. We have residencies once a month for face-to-face group work, lectures, and discussions. The rest of the time, I meet with my teammates over Zoom meetings that mimic real-world workplace experiences. We are given the right to challenge our professors, respectfully, to construct more meaningful learning experiences for everyone.
My idea is to develop new educational standards across higher-ed, and a more structured platform where teachers and students can easily connect with others student from another school, or program in another part of the world; to share and collaborate on documents (possibly in different languages), and live video-chat (possibly with translations), so that higher-ed can truly by global, interdisciplinary, and collaborative.