Pedagogy 2.0, Curriculum 2.0, and School 2.0 are real buzz words these days, all derived from the term Web 2.0 coined by O’Reilly in 2005. Google alone returns 519,000 hits for Pedagogy 2.0, 6,260,000 hits for Curriculum 2.0, and 225,000,000 for School 2.0! Behind those hits, there is of course a lot of ‘propaganda’ for the integration of new technologies in the curriculum. But there are also countless reports of pedagogical innovation, reflective accounts from innovative practitioners, scholarly articles, and complex research projects seeking to understand what learning has become in the 21st century. Behind those terms, a recognition that we need to rethink education.
I particularly like the video below, 21st Century Skills: How do we get there? (found on YouTube, where else?). The agenda it sets out is not far away from what we are trying to achieve here in DCU through the curriculum reform currently underway under the auspices of the Academic Framework for Innovation project. Or is it? Are we really rethinking higher education for the 21st century?