Whiteboard learning

Ever wanted to use whiteboard animation for learning? Here is an example of one we did together at our department to visualize what we do.

To complement with words our head of our department Arnold Pears has written a blog post today about what we do.

Why educate graduates to work in Industry 4.0 with Education 1.0?


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Whiteboard animation – drawn by #Hannes Hagstrand from #Media production #Digital Learning
Voice – #Madeleine Tucker Smith
Concept – Group work at the #Department of learning

Animations Pros & Cons

Pros – Animations easily visualize and simplify anything no matter how complex it is. One minute of online video equates to about 1.8 million written words, according to Forrester Research. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text in the brain. Animation easily helps students to describe a process.
Self-learning lets students explore different aspects of a problem and figure out by themselves how to solve it. During such a process, students gain a set of skills in critical thinking and problem-solving. However, as a teacher, you have to be aware of the learning objectives that the animations are serving.
Cons – Customized animations are cost consuming even though there is a range of free animations on the Internet, tailor-made productions are very costly, and most will need some sort of designer to help.
There are, however, plenty of cheap software on the web that you can use to make some simple animations. Search for animation tools.

AI & Post- Human-ism

After reading the latest report on Innovating pedagogy some ideas came to mind.

Using AI to streamline processes for better service levels is great for Higher Education.

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Blockchains to automate the transfer of credits and learning opportunities across universities is positive and that it can be used to register IPR’s within education research so that it can be tracked on what sort of impact it has had is great too. Using AI to enable smart buildings for new ideas in modern smart learning spaces to encourage collaborative active learning, yes, but taking Artificial Intelligence into the classroom for teaching and learning? Hmmm….
Research implies that outsourcing tasks to a machine, makes people dumber and the ability to multi-task reduces. A good teacher will give students several ways to solve a problem a machine will offer one stand-alone solution.
Will we be robbing the students with interactions with the teacher, the personal guidance and flexibility of a student’s mind? Soft skills like dependability integrity, reliability and teamwork are what companies are looking for which are not something you can learn with suggestions from a machine.
With AI comes high costs – implementation and maintenance will need constant upgrading and eventual procurements. We have seen how much costs, time and energy it has taken with the implementation of Learning Management Systems can Higher Education afford AI as well?

After reading the report I did some searching as you do and found a great podcast by Stefan Herbrechter (link below) he said “If you look at the word “post-human-ism”, it contains three elements: there’s the human in the middle, there’s the “post-” in front of it, and there’s an “-ism” at the end. It basically means we’re no longer happy with humanist ways of defining what it means to be human. It’s one of the greatest fears of humans: how to make sure you’re human and not a machine”.

With education at the moment we are teaching our students to be (good) humans so that they can be successful as a great human in their chosen professions, if we move forward with replacing some teaching with robots, one can only imagine how the replacement of teachers by robots would be met by faculty. Like the industrial revolution that effected many back in the day and I can remember it well in UK, where people were replaced by machines there were strikes and wars. As well as students protesting about climate change teachers can also start movements and protests and I am sure there will be.


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