Creative Learning Designs: Students as Co-creators of Texts and Content
Traditional university culture is an instruction-centered, location-specific, and static, textbook-driven experience. These legacies of what we call a “brick-and-mortarboard” learning culture hampers rather than develops attributes requisite for the new economy (which places a premium on creativity, mobile learning, access to current information and dynamic instruction (i.e., rich media), real world problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and learning-to-learn for a rapidly changing global environment).
To be more relevant, universities should become learning-centered, incorporate the dynamism of the latest ePub technology, and co-create learning for the mobile lifestyle of the 21st Century. New idea technologies (e.g., constructivism and connectivism) and new media technologies (e.g., Web 2.0 applications including Wix and iBook Author – see http://www.wix.com/phoga7/cohl322createdtextf11 and see http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/ ) can be powerful tools for developing and leveraging creative potential, and can contribute to and enable the manufacture of new learning cultures. The authors present a workshop designed to help educators to do new things (i.e., co-create texts and content with students) in new ways (i.e., through Wix and iBooks). How to leverage course work to exhibit that education mission-central outcomes are being developed in students is also demonstrated (e.g., see http://www.wix.com/phoga7/pattioutcomeswix).
Keywords: Learning Paradigm, Constructivism, Connectivism, Co-creation of Content, Wix, iBook Author, Innovative Learning, Outcomes Assessment
Dr. Craig Rademacher
Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation, Northern Michigan University
Dr. Patricia Hogan
Professor, Health, Physical Education,& Recreation Department, Northern Michigan University