Introduction

Building a learning community around digital practices within agricultural education schools

With this project that will start in September 2019 in France, we show how opening recognition can help to foster collaboration and sharing of digital practices in the education field,  between teachers, trainers and learners. We give examples of how informal recognition is empowering the members and how they can get recognition from outside their community.

Hereunder, you can read the argument of the acoustice program.

Whether you’re a teacher or a trainer, an administrative or school life staff, school manager, or learner, the national program  #acoustice for agricultural education, proposes to contribute to build a learning community around digital practices for education.

Thanks to innovative digital tools, Open badges, you will be able to make visible your skills, learning achievements, practices, projects or aspirations, in order to exchange between peers on common interests, projects, to discover learning opportunities, in and out of your school or community, identify new skills to acquire, and value and share your achievements.

Why ?

Context

Technological innovations affect our ways of learning, sharing information and interacting socially and professionally. In the field of education and training, the digital transition has for many years been questioning the field of pedagogy, notably because of the easy access to the Internet and its wide resources.

The questions facing the educational teams are as follows:

  • How and when to integrate digital technology into its pedagogical practice to improve learning?
  • How to use digital for your own professional practice?
  • How to acquire the necessary skills and make sure to keep them?

Experimenting

The acoustice program is based on recent research, notably by André Tricot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqCVrNMp_oQ) which teaches us that real innovations are not at the level of the main principles but that of micro concrete achievements necessarily linked to a specific context. It is therefore in your discipline, in your class, in your school, that you can experiment with “what works” with your learners. André Tricot also tells us that the use of digital is one of the modalities among the wide range of skills that a teacher must have to capture attention, support motivation and engage his students in their learning. Digital tools remain tools at the service of pedagogy and are not pedagogy.

Recognize and share

In the face of the constant changes due to technological advances, we must remain in constant vigil if we do not want to be out of step with others or see our skills quickly outdated. Training through one-off courses is no longer enough and now you have to see your training “throughout life”, and enroll in a process of continuous professional development.

However, in a world that changes very quickly, learning alone is not the most relevant modality. Digital offers unparalleled opportunities for accessing scientific enlightening resources , and sharing learning and experiences.

We believe that any training project must begin with recognition: recognition of your know-how, your aspirations, your interests, the needs you express.

We believe that we must fully enter into a culture of cooperation, and that documenting and sharing our successes and failures will benefit all. Everyone can contribute to this change and practice it for himself, says François Taddei in Learning in the 21st Century – https://youtu.be/BhunNczVNaA

Learning together, in a logic of reciprocity, to build a learning community around digital technology for education: this is the purpose of the acoustice program.

How?

Thanks to the Open Badges, which will allow you:

  • to make visible your skills, your practices, your experiments and your existing projects
  • to be able to recognize you among peers (mutual aid, collaboration, skills)
  • to facilitate the creation of groups of practices (on the topics that bring you together)
  • value your achievements and your commitment
  • to find learning opportunities
  • to identify new skills to acquire

PERSONAS from the acoustice program

To help you better understand how we will build the learning community with you, we suggest you read the stories below. Each story presents one or more uses of open recognition with Open badges.

 

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