December 6th, 2015

Pedagogy Gets Personal: The Innovating Pedagogy 2015 Report

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Embodied learning, adaptive teaching, and analytics of emotions are three trends highlighted in Innovating Pedagogy 2015. This annual report explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment that are having an impact on education worldwide. For the first time, the report is produced jointly by The Open University and SRI International, the US-based research and development institute.

Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University and lead author of the report, said “Last year’s report identified massive-scale social learning as the main emerging trend. This year, the focus is on personalized learning and adaptive teaching. We continually use our bodies to learn and remember. Becoming more aware of our emotions and movements can help in processing information, gaining knowledge, and building empathy. A challenge now is to combine the power of learning together with teaching that adapts to each person’s abilities.”

Barbara Means, Director of the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International and a co-author of the report, said “As technology becomes widely available in schools worldwide, research consistently shows that a focus on innovative pedagogies, such as those discussed in this report, is essential to improving student learning.”

Other themes from the report include: crossover learning, learning through argumentation, incidental learning, context-based learning, computational thinking, learning by doing science with remote labs, and stealth assessment.

The Innovating Pedagogy 2015 report can be downloaded from www.open.ac.uk/innovating.

About The Open University
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 200,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas. For further information please visit: www.open.ac.uk

About SRI Education
SRI Education, a division of SRI International, is tackling the most complex issues in education to help students succeed. We work with federal and state agencies, school districts, major foundations, nonprofit organizations, and international and commercial clients to address risk factors that impede learning, assess learning gains, and use technology for educational innovation. SRI International, a research center headquartered in Menlo Park, California, creates world-changing solutions making people safer, healthier, and more productive.