ESD 621: Designing Schools of the Future

ESD 621: Designing Schools of the Future
Nikleia Eteokleous, PhD

The course will be based on the assumption that new research is challenging many of our expectations about what constitutes good teaching. Today's students may pose new challenges for their teachers. Our next generation of faculty will need to design courses for Multimodal Learning for a new type of learners whose instant access to information acquired from multiple sources is markedly different from that of previous generations. In order to know if we are teaching effectively, we will need to incorporate better measures of student learning in our courses. The successful course of the future will use assessments of all kinds more effectively, and should be able to teach students to develop stronger measurements of the effectiveness of pedagogical approaches, demonstrating the effectiveness of the teaching. Specifically, this course will focus on course creation, offering a standard for the best practices of course design, and eventually providing a model for both faculty and graduate students. Additionally, students will explore the realities and opportunities of the workplace and examine factors that affect success, while refining their job-search based on their skills, interests, personal characteristics and vocational skills. Students will therefore develop an action plan for the course of the future.

Syllabus Reading Resources:

• Beare, H. (2013). Creating the future school. Routledge.
• Donovan, M. S., Bransford, J. D., & Pellegrino, J. W. (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school: Expanded edition.
• Wiggins, G. P., & MCTIGHE, J. A. (2005). Understanding by design. ASCD.
• Wiggins, G. P., & MacTighe, J. (2007). Schooling by design: Mission, action, and achievement. ASCD.
• Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2012). The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units. ASCD.
• Erikson, R., & Markuson, C. B. (2007). Designing a school library media center for the future. American Library Association.