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Adebayo Alomaja Is Revolutionizing Education With Micro-Learning

From episode: Transforming STEAM Education: Embracing Authentic Learning and AI for a Brighter Future

Tell us a little bit about the course that you have designed. What topics do you cover? Yeah, sure. Sure. Thank you. As I think about how learning is going to become more and more interesting, more fun, even in K -12, we see a place of micro -learning coming into the equation. Okay. We see the place of micro -learning coming into the equation. So if you see what the course looks like, it's designed to cut off the noise. One of the things we need to, the problem we need to solve in K -12 is that there's a lot of noise. We expose kids to too many things that are not important. These things can be streamlined and presented from a micro -learning perspective such that what we are giving kids is just exactly what they need to know, just exactly what they need to know. And that's the idea of micro -learning. People think, is it going to be effective? It's going to be effective. And that's why we talk about teachers becoming learning designers, because by the time you're thinking as a learning designer, you will begin to focus on specifics, specific things that needs to be addressed and how you want to capture in the learning experience is just nothing but those specifics. In this course, it's about how to design authentic learning in K -12. And I just decided to address the basics, the starting point for anybody from anywhere, wherever you are across the world. If you're thinking about offering your learners something more than just being able to pass exams, something more that will make their society respect them, something more that will put them in a place where they can have real value to their society. You want to join the class of educators that are not traditional, but that are offering kids real value. Then you want to think about jumping on this course. I taught them all the basics. And then in the course, I talked about basically how teachers can become more familiar with context as against content. I talked about substituting content for context. Like I always say that context should determine content when it comes to engaging learners. I always say that. I got my inspiration from the story of what's happening in Dubai. I mentioned it in the course too, how Dubai wants to go and live in Mars by year 2017. That's like next 90 something years. So they lost the project in 2017. It was an 100 years project. So they traveled to Mars. And what they went to do was to study everything about Mars. And so when they were done with that, they came back to the earth and then built a colony, built something that looks like Mars. When it's right now, that thing is in Dubai. They built it. The whole atmosphere in terms of pressure, temperature, and everything in Mars, they came to replicate. They built like a simulation of that under the earth. So they are saying that they are going to live in that thing. And if they can live in it and survive in it between now, between 2017 and 2017, then that means they are now right to move to Mars, to build, to go and start building Mars. And the lesson I learned from that is that we need the atmosphere of a reality to prepare for that reality. That's the lesson I learned from that. So Dubai looked into the future, created the future and the present to prepare for the future. So that tells me, that tells K -12, that tells every educator that you cannot be effective if you don't understand what is coming. You don't understand what the world is asking for. You cannot be effective in a classroom because you only keep offering what is not needed. So there's a need for educators to understand the context, what is obtainable. For example, I always say that vocabularies are seasonal. There was nothing like child deputy in the year 2010, nothing like that, nothing like that. So if we want to stick with what our syllabus and the scheme of work says, and we want to just keep following it head on and on, what will happen is that - No innovation. Yeah, so we'll just keep disconnecting our learners from the reality and what real life is saying by the hour, right? And that's really going to be quite problematic. So in the course, I opened up educators to being able to get more familiar with context and how to begin to use context to influence how they design their learning experiences I sped up some very simple steps, practically, that educators can adopt to help them move and move and just keep gravitating. So that course is just like a starting point for every educator that wants to go into the world of authentic learning.

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