Dan Bassill of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC describes the four part strategy he has developed to support the growth of a mentor-based youth-development strategy and how it might be applied to problem-solving process in any social sector and in any country. Dan will also talk about how youth in high schools and colleges can take a significant role in this process and how this will enhance their own learning, problem solving and communications skills while also creating future leaders who are better prepared to solve social and environmental problems via world-wide learning and collaboration. Dan says “While I apply this strategy to what I do to help kids in poor neighborhoods of Chicago, I feel the model applies to any problem solving effort.” You can review the 4 part strategy at http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-Strategy.
Dan talked about how he conceives channeling knowledge into action through a 4-part strategy he articulated through mindmaps and other visuals. His work has a lot in common with that of Webheads, MOOCs, and EVO (which I have argued possibly IS a MOOC) in that he taps cognitive surplus to leverage volunteer effort while trying to scale and sustain through getting the attention of (i.e. the information out to) the business community to show them how their interests coincide with those of the Tutor/Mentor Institute.
Dan points us to
http://www.simschool.org/ “I get their newsletter and this looked like an interesting tool to support ELS as well as regular learning.”
the Learning Change Project: “in each of 8 sections it talks about a different part of a learning strategy and it points to PDFs and deeper reading that anyone can use. http://gfbertini.wordpress.com/about/ … this is related to the ideas of MOOCs that [Vance] wrote about last year. If these can be focused on specific issue areas, rather than generic learning, they could be powerful platforms for social problem solving.”
I was able to attend only on March 23, but I caught the final “plenary” by Derek Dick, a.k.a. Fish, who linked his lyrics to the teaching of English and brought a guitarist and keyboard player to help him make his point in a rock concert ending to a conference show that played well online.
I watched the earlier plenaries at the outdoor theater on Edunation:
The picture is posted in Heike’s photostream with all rights reserved and appears here courtesy of Posterous embedding from its online location: flickr.com/photos/95277517@N00/6850957742/in/photostream/
Time: March 20, 2012 to March 23, 2012 Location: Glasgow and a video stream and this streamed on EduNation in SL SL component organized By: Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi
Tue 20 – Fri 23 March 2012
Glasgow Online of IATEFL
IATEFL is the main conference in the UK for English teachers and takes place this week from 19 March – 23 March and about 10% of its program will be streamed online.
Update: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – Vance Stevens gave a presentation entitled Learner-centered do-it-yourself LMS at the 6th eLearning in Action conference held at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE