Why the 7 Foundational Priorities of Modern Education & Instructional Design Must Be Replaced

The modern field of instructional design is a product of the industrial revolution. As such, it brings with it the priorities of the industrial revolution: standardization and uniformity, mass production (and products in general), efficiency, quantification, centralized power / authoritarianism, mechanization, and applied scientific knowledge (also referred to as technology). Read more…

Where Did You Get the Name “Birdhouse Learning Labs”?

Where did you get the name Birdhouse Learning Labs? To get a free copy of the concept paper, “Toward a new Era of Educational Research and Development, sign up for the League of Extraordinary Educators Mailing List. When you sign up, the welcome email at the very end of the process will include a link to the download. In 2014, while preparing for an upcoming keynote presentation, I was experimenting Read more…

Orbiting Academic Hairballs

In Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace, author Gordon MacKenzie writes that a hairball is “policy, procedure, conformity, compliance, rigidity, and submission to the status quo, while orbiting is originality, rules-breaking, non-conformity, experimentation, and innovation.” His book focuses on how people in a corporate Read more…