The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of amazing discovery through my Masters of Arts in Educational Technology program through the MSU MAET summer cohort. My posts have reflected on much of the work I have been doing individually and also within groups. These experiences have led me to a new understandings in many of the trends in education, technology and pedagogy. The projects have proven to be enjoyable, demanding, time consuming, enlightening, frustrating, and collaborative. Just think this is just within the first three weeks, whew! The process of solving a Wicked Problem meets all of the above described experience yet with a bit more investment, because a wicked problem is not just about my understanding but a community of understanding. The wicked problem doesn’t just think “Big” about the troubles facing our current education practices, it calls on each of us to unite and be a driving force in creative solutions to these problems.
For our Wicked Problem assignment, we were asked to work in groups in order to identify and chose one of the key issues we face in education. Each group then was asked, over the next few weeks, to work on tackling solutions to the chosen problem. In the case of a Wicked Problem one answer wouldn’t constitute a solution. The problem would require reinventing and rethinking what we know about teaching, along with the complexity of its independence on existing variables. This rethinking requires deep group thinking by impassioned educators not afraid to challenge current policies. Within our groups we were required to meet with one another (online) and compile a research-based solution to our problem. The rough draft of our problem, approach, examination, reflection, research and solution can be found in this curation of InnovationEd designed in smore.
Sebastiaan ter Burg. September 6, 2013. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ter-burg/9701296143/in/photolist. Retrieved from
New Media Consortium. Retrieved on July 16, 2014, from http://www.nmc.org/