Interview With An Educator: Sugata Mitra

On visiting Edinburgh for a lecture on his work, he agreed to give an interview with the Ragged University.  We sat down in the grounds of Edinburgh Napier University in view of Craiglockart hill and talked. In the interview he talks about the surprising results and what he is doing to develop these self directed learning scenarios in the UK and other places. He discusses the findings more clearly and what his vision of the future of education and technology might hold.

Since the 1970s, Professor Mitra’s publications and work have stimulated training and development of hundreds of thousands of young Indians, helping to develop the capabilities of some of the poorest children in the world.

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Interview With An Educator: Peter Shukie

This is an interview with Peter Shukie who works at Blackburn University Centre teaching Lecturing in Education Studies.

Peter is working with peers to help create and share innovative approaches to teaching and learning. He works from the perspective that diversity and individually held skills help generate a diverse landscape in which educators and learers can be supported, encouraged and celebrated. Read more…

Interview With An Educator: John Morrison

This is an interview with John Morrison who works at Edinburgh Napier University teaching Digital Media and Interactive Design.

His interests include, technology enhanced learning, digital literacy and visual communication driven documentary. John talks about his experiences of education and dyslexia, how he came to be in education, about what makes him light up about teaching and also some of the things which he encounters in his role as a teacher and educator. The interview took place in George Square gardens next to a willow tree in June 2014… Read more…

Great Educator: Desiderius Erasmus (Gerrit Gerritszoon) 1455 to 1536

“It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity it’s due reverence”

Erasmus was born an illegitimate child in Rotterdam on 27th October 1466 to Gerard of Gouda – a priest – and Margaret, daughter of a physician of Zevenbergen.  His ‘illegitimacy’ troubled him greatly through life and as late as 1516 he sought papal dispensation for the circumstances of his birth.

Erasmus was deeply interested in the aims and methods of education from a young age.  He came to be known as the ‘Prince of Humanists’ advocating a new curriculum and new methods of instruction which contrasted to the traditions of the ‘Schoolmen’.  The humanist curriculum put emphasis on the formation of character and not necessarily the acquisition of knowledge per se.

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