First time at a conference that’s totally new to me (found out about it via Cathy Davidson’s current Coursea MOOC on the future of higher education) & enjoying it so far, after the opening plenary.
Digital Media & Learning Conference (DML2014)
Speaker: Louis Gomes, UCLA & Carnegie Foundation
We need a sharper focus on practice improvement > Getting ideas into action
My wonderful idea …. (zone of wishful thinking) …. that idea working to improve lives
- being problem & user centered
- variation in performance is the problem to be solved
- see the system
- you can’t improve what you can’t measure
- in order to measure, we need systems of disciplined inquiry
- tap the power of networks
Relevance > Engagement
Ambitious learning for all students > Effectiveness
More efficient systems > Efficiency
Performance Management view (set targets, create incentives, collect data/dashboards, hold individual accountable for progress); “What works” view . too long/complicated.
W. Edwards Deming > Education reform is “miracle goals without methods”
- To accelerate efforts to improve life chances
- Quality & Reliability at Scale
- Networked Improvement Communities
Ideas of Improvement Science joined to the Power of Networks
The Improvement Guide (book)
“We can accomplish more together, than even the best of us can do alone”
We have systems of sharing, not systems of commitment to solving shared problems
Rigorous & Collaborative Inquiry > Systematic Practice Improvement
We don’t allow ourselves to “learn our way into the problem”
Make sure it works for someone, then understand the situation it will be used in
Incentives > Policy systems > Impact at scale
All interaction is process, different routines support different routines, variation in routines can lead to variation in outcomes
Developmental Math in Community College
Triple success in half the time – yay
Looking at variability in performance – how to better shrink the teaching & learning gap over time
Deming’s Knowledge Forms
Subject Matter & Profound (intersection) >
Driver Diagram (Beginning Teacher Effectiveness Network)
What are we trying to accomplish?
What change might we introduce?
How will we know that the changes are an improvement?
(Plan, Do, Study, Act)
Carnegie Diagram – PDSA cycles in bigger step process (good diagram)
Doug Englebart (1994) – A, B, C levels > Communities of PDSA’s
Practice improvement is the point!