Backward design pedagogy and teacher assistant apps: Converging global findings

Mr Mark Lamont and Mr George Churchwell | Presentation (PDF)

World Mosaic 


Key questions to be addressed in this presentation:

Now that (or once) teachers have the mobile devices, what should they do with them?

How can mobile technologies, in particular emerging assistant technologies and smart agents, help teachers apply contemporary pedagogies such as 'backward curriculum design' (where learning outcomes drive topics, assessment and a more integrated curriculum) and personalised learner goal-setting strategies?

How can mobile technologies trigger more effective contemporary teaching and learning designs, rather than perpetuating, automating or even personalising traditional teaching and learning approaches that were more relevant to the needs of the 20th Century?

What do we really want the teaching and learning to look like with mobile technologies?

How do we identify and support mobile solutions that transform pedagogy versus those that merely automate traditional pedagogy?

How high should leaders raise their pedagogical expectations in the Age of Mobile?

Over the past year, World Mosaic has conducted international mobile pedagogy research with three significant education providers:

NSW Department of Education, Australia's largest K-12 and FE provider, with a focus on mobility in the context of real-time, personalised teacher and learner analytics.

Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI), America's fast growing online university, with a research focus on assistant mobile technologies, intelligent agents, backward curriculum design and reflective learning tools.

Tech2000 Inc., Cisco's Washington DC-based mobile learning application partner, with a focus on new teaching metrics and personalised teacher user interfaces to inform real-time teacher intervention.

A common thread of the research initiatives was the link between contemporary 'backward design' lesson planning by teachers and user-centric, backward design of assistant mobile applications to support more effective learning strategies and teacher development.

Over 200 students, teachers, education and industry leaders across four continents (Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Europe, Australia and the United States) were surveyed in focus groups and interviews across the three studies.

In focus groups, teachers, students and designers proposed mock-ups of more contemporary mobile tool set and interfaces to support their teaching and learning needs. The research included a significant literature review, software reviews and the examination of teacher practice. The research findings were consistent with EU findings and directions in the Next-Tell teacher analytics project headed by Professor Ravi Vatrupi of Copenhagen Business School for K-12 pilot sites across Europe.

We will present research participant sketch mock-ups of elements that include the following: competency and outcomes, driven lesson plan design, teacher pedagogy development assistant apps, user-centric XAPI tools for teacher intervention, social learning, assistant technologies to support teacher-student negotiation of learning goals and assessment against personal goals, as distinct from assessment against class averages.

The session will explore live examples of innovations in the XAPI format (noun, verb, object) to show how mobile technology can focus on the teacher and learner, not on the course.

The session will elicit input from attendees on mobile interface designs, logic and flows (existing or imagined) that would build on the concepts flowing from the presentation.

The presenter seeks to not only present research, but also inspire and potentially challenge the audience regarding the key questions.



Mark Lamont Founded the global education technology research and consulting organisation, World Mosaic. He has presented on learning technology innovation to organisations including the Consortium of School Networking (USA), New South Wales Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, GEMS (UAE), Kenya Ministry of Education (Kenya MoE), New Zealand Ministry of Education and dozens of others policy-making settings. Mr Lamont has also advised and presented at hundreds of industry forums and boardrooms worldwide.

In 2012, Mr Lamont initiated Sir Bob Geldof's mobile learning symposium in Washington, D.C. In the 1990s, Mr Lamont was an advised the Australian Government to shift assessment from 'pass/fail' to the articulation of what students can do. Mr Lamont has presided over some of the largest scale education technology roll outs in the world, encompassing cloud technology, enterprise architectures and innovations in professional learning and school transformation.

Over recent years, Mr Lamont has led extensive research on teacher analytics and mobile assistant technologies from the perspectives of pedagogy, policy and technological readiness.

George Churchwell is the CEO of Tech 2000, Inc. which is an education solutions company and training provider for Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), Apple and Cisco technologies. With almost 30 years of experience in the networking industry, Mr Churchwell has interacted with a wide variety of network communications technologies with real-world experience in systems integration, security and web presence. In addition to winning awards such as the Silver Brandon Hall Excellence in Innovation Award, Tech 2000 also won the Sakigake Innovation Award at Cisco in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Twitter: @lamont_mark


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