The Change: Students now define themselves as teachers

The Change: Students now define themselves as teachers

The Change: Students now define themselves as teachers

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“The Education System Has Gone One Whole Step Further,” By Richard Gardiner, and “Reconnecting College Students and Teachers,” By Karmen Anthony, 2014.

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A role-playing, participatory school experience in which students devise and assume roles that reflect the roles of teachers and students has completely upended what is now considered current best practices for university lecture and the way in which students are expected to learn today. It is a real-time experience that has students from around the world taking control and impacting education in class. The breakthrough has occurred because of the focus students have placed on their courses.

Take a few minutes to examine this story from North Carolina, where the practice is raising significant hackles with some education unions and professors. Click through the link and watch the virtual reality simulation by Chief Correspondent MindShift Online, which allows students to wander around the student-built lecture hall, interact with digital prompts, move items around the room and engage in collaborative activities as part of a virtual classroom experience in which students embody the role of teacher and student.

The controversial current education model, in which lectures are the only way for students to learn, was never going to work with social media. It was when students put up their own rules for themselves in order to teach themselves what is actually going on in their classrooms and how best to make it work that we began to see this transformative session between MindShift and students.

“It [has] completely changed the way students learn,” said Karmen Anthony, chief operating officer for MindShift. “There are 15-year-olds that are now taking over classes and interacting with students that have been around for three years. This certainly has opened the students’ eyes to what’s really going on in their classrooms. They’re not passive learners.”

In its second session, MindShift successfully tested, and essentially proved the existence of a class where students operate as teachers, dictate the course for the class, offer real-time feedback for the class and hold the power to decide the outcome of the class. The class simulated the online course that students are expected to take under their primary instructor and represents the next step in education.

“This really is, in my opinion, the biggest education change in the last 10 years,” said Jon Entine, head of MindShift. “It represents the beginning of truly responsive education. We’re integrating real-time technology that has application far beyond the university.”

Three-year-old MindShift is a broadband video production company specializing in high quality video streaming, interactive multi-media and multi-platform content production, search engine optimization and marketing. The company, which bills itself as a video production studio, has created custom web content for more than 15 colleges and universities including Wake Forest University, College of Charleston, Hamilton College, Hofstra University, Bentley University, Mercer University, and Castleton University.

MindShift’s mission is to bring more multimedia content to more people than ever before while increasing production quality, in order to bring multimedia onto the Internet in the largest format possible. To address this rapidly changing and fluid field, the company re-named itself in 2012 from Multimedia Arts Inc. after employees began to find that the original name was ineffective in explaining its current mission.

The company’s clients include educational institutions, research institutions, health care organizations, the corporate world, military organizations, nonprofit organizations, social media and education related organizations.

For more information about MindShift, click here.

This story was originally published in the EdWeek Market Brief.

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