Being contrary #2 #cong18


Ideas, for me, come from being contrary – my natural reaction to any point of view, however convincing or evidence-based, is to look for the contrary points of view and wonder what they might bring. A lifetime habit, this contradiction is augmented by completion, combination and change. Completion is to challenge the completeness of any analysis presented to me – what else should be in it? Combination is wondering what would happen if one factor was combined with another. Change is when one variable is modified to see what might be. Together with maintaining a sustained open-mindedness and never being in a hurry to conclude, such habits have served me well in a creative career. This presentation would include examples drawn from inventing educational designs over four decades and invite participants to take my own advice, be contrary, and critique the analysis presented itself.

4 Key Takeaways:

  1. Be contrary
  2. Challenge whether an analysis is complete
  3. Make combinations of factors
  4. Change variables

About Richard Millwood:

Dr Richard Millwood is Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Computer Science & Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, advising PhD students in the context of the Centre for Research in Information Techology in Education. He gained a BSc in Mathematics & Physics at King’s College London in 1976 and became a school teacher. From 1980 to 1990 he led the software development of educational simulations in the Computers in the Curriculum Project at Chelsea College London. He then worked with Professor Stephen Heppell to create Ultralab, the learning technology research centre at Anglia Polytechnic University, acting as head from 2005 to 2007. He then researched innovation in online higher education in the Institute for Educational Cybernetics at the University of Bolton until 2013, gaining a PhD by Practice ‘The Design of Learner-centred, Technology-enhanced Education’. Current research interests include learning programming and computational thinking..

Contacting Richard Millwood:

You can follow Richard on Twitter, see Richards work on his blog, profile site and works site.  You can also email Richard.

Being contrary – By Richard Millwood.

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