Learning Frontiers

Learning Frontiers

learning_frontiersInsights and Ideas: Issue 1 is the first in a series of quarterly publications from Learning Frontiers. Insights and Ideas will share compelling research and evidence - national and international - about the role of learner engagement in increasing educational outcomes, and summarise examples and stories of practice from schools and organisations within design hubs. 
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Learning Frontiers Insights and Ideas PDF 920KB

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Learning Frontiers is a collaborative initiative created to transform teaching and learning so that every student succeeds in an education worth having.

The project brings together clusters of schools and other interested parties – ‘design hubs’ – to explore professional practices that increase student engagement in learning.

Design hubs will explore teaching, learning and assessment practices that are built upon four design principles for engaging learning. These principles are:

  • co created – it recognises both adults and students as a powerful resource for the co-creation of community, the design of learning and the success of all students.
  • connected – it connects with and uses real-world contexts and contemporary issues; and is permeable to the rich resources available in the community and the wider world
  • personalised – it builds from student passions and capabilities, and helps students to personalise their learning and assessment in ways that foster engagement and talents
  • integrated – it emphasises integration of subjects, integration of students and integration of learning contexts.

 

Valerie Hannon on Learning Frontiers video transcript RTF 48KB

headerThe initiative

Learning Frontiers is...

A large scale collaborative enquiry, drawing on the collective wisdom, experience, ambition and imagination of participants to develop professional practice that increases students’ engagement in learning. Teachers themselves will construct the new knowledge the education community needs to move the professional practice of every Australian teacher forward.

High quality professional learning for participants in and out of design hubs who, as individuals and in groups, are likely to reconfigure their practice – leadership and pedagogic – iteratively and over time as they observe the benefits of students’ increased engagement in learning. Teachers will learn from each other, from experts and others deeply interested in learning that engages learners behaviourally, emotionally and cognitively.

A system level intervention, explicitly intended to stimulate the growth of new relationships between schools, and between schools and new partners: families, communities, for- and non-profit organisations and public services amongst others. These new arrangements –design hubs – are geared to and formed for the purpose of increasing students’ engagement in learning, for instance by extending learning environments and opportunities beyond the classroom, and for connecting in-school learning with the outside, ‘real world’, of students’ lives.

A scaling and diffusion program, designed to enable professional practice that increases student engagement in learning to spread beyond the design hub where the practice originates, to benefit students in developer schools; students whose schools are not taking part; and even students who don’t go to school at all.

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Schools, individual teachers and other organisations can participate in Learning Frontiers by:

  • providing expert advice to schools working within design hubs
  • participating in research activities with your students
  • suggesting, trialling, evaluating and iterating new promising practices for engaged learning in your own school context
  • working with schools to share practices with the profession and the wider community outside of design hubs
  • convening a network of peers to discuss student engagement and consider how to apply practices emerging from Learning Frontiers in your own contexts

Please register your interest using the form above if you would like to be kept up to date with project activities and participation opportunities.

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Join Google+  to share resources, ideas and conversations

Tweet us  at @Lfrontiers  and #learningfrontiers

Email us  at learningfrontiers@aitsl.edu.au

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Storify archives of our Twitter sessions

Storify: Assessment and Student Engagement

Storify: Learning Frontiers Twitter Chat 15 October

Storify: Anticipating the future: professional practices to support a new education paradigm

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