This Cultivate for Practitioners process for educational technologists and faculty has been developed and tested over the last five years. The process and its rich supporting resources are aimed at helping educational technologists find out what is most important to lecturers and then bring in specifically chosen technology integrations to help them achieve their aspiration or meet their challenge.

The Process

The Cultivate Learning process for Practitioners follows the logic of the five thresholds.

The first step is to help faculty conceptualize the whole of their course. Visualizing the course holistically is critical to contextualizing any change they might want to make to their teaching and learning, and can throw up unconsidered high leverage change items they might wish to address.

Course Overview

Course Overview Diagram

We then move on to a phase of understanding more about faculty’s key challenges and aspirations; these are integrated in to their conceptualization of the whole course.

From this understanding of the opportunities that exist for faculty in their practice we present a map of innovations and how they relate to their conceptualization of the course and their needs.   At this point we are ready to scope out an innovation integration specifically designed to meet their deepest challenge and highest aspiration.

Rapid Prototyping Guide

Rapid Prototyping Guide

With the project understood, scoped and agreed we can move on to an implementation. We have developed a ‘rapid prototyping’ process to take the agreed project to classroom practice in as short a time as possible and provide resources to generate the content to enable this to happen in as little as two weeks. This is designed to have the effect of creating a virtuous circle of ‘zoning in on a change-implementing a change-succeeding – zoning in on another change…’ At which point we can return to the start of the process.

Please note this process is modular and various elements, especially the graphic representations, can add much value to existing Institutional process when integrated with them.

Read a few a case studies where we were involved with the University of Johannesburg and the FET sector.