The future of education involves giving students opportunities for ‘meaning making’ through practical, applied education, a free lecture at the University of Abertay Dundee will say tomorrow (Wednesday 19 September).
Professor Louis Natanson will argue that practice-based learning rests on giving students the chance to test their own ideas in a professional environment.
Through this ‘meaning making’ learners can be guided to understand the world around them, gaining knowledge first-hand in teams with mixed skills, or through pitching their ideas and facing constructive critique.
The free lecture starts at 6pm in the Main Lecture Theatre in Abertay’s Kydd Building on Bell Street.
Professor Natanson said: “Higher education is increasingly adopting practice-based learning approaches across a wide range of applied disciplines. These approaches are seen as an effective way to equip the modern graduate with the right aptitudes to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“A well designed practice-based education is based on the principle that deep learning is achieved by students ‘making meaning’ and making sense of the world in which they will operate as graduates.
“As educators, our responsibility is to design programmes that maximise meaning making opportunities for learners.”
This style of education is an integral part of Abertay’s world-leading computer games and computer arts courses, and the Dare to be Digital game design competition, all of which Professor Natanson leads.
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