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A Vision & Framework for Human-Centered Learning Environments

Dr. Bernard Bull

Industrial Age Learning Priorities

  • Standardization & Uniformity
  • Mass production & scale
  • Efficiency & Order
  • Quantification & Measurement
  • Centralized Power & Authoritarianism
  • Mechanization & Automation
  • Technology (applied scientific knowledge)

All of these priorities are incapable of infusing “oxygen” into our learning contexts.

Proposed list of alternative priorities

  • Adventure & quests
  • Agency & action
  • Compassion & Connectedness
  • Experimentation & Play
  • Mastery & Growth
  • Meaning & Purpose
  • Wonder & Mystery

Questions to consider when “radicalizing” the course/changing priorities

  1. How can I use the language of quests and adventures?
  2. What would my course look like as a quest?

But how do we shift to these alternative priorities?

What it really comes down to:


5 templates for self-directed learning

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