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Teemu Leinonen, an Associate Professor of New Media Design and Learning at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, documents his three-pronged approach to reforming education for the future. Firstly, he highlights the importance of incorporating a wide variety of teaching methods into the classrooms. Next, he hones in on the importance of online learning and sharing teaching methods with other educators. Finally, and most bluntly, Leinonen writes, “Get rid of all the stupidity.” While his ideas may seem blunt and at times, radical, Leinonen hopes they will inspire educators to take learning and teaching into the future.
David Gooblar, a lecturer in the Rhetoric Department at the University of Iowa, uses the story of a diet experiment to explain how college professors should approach pedagogy. Through a survey of the study, Gooblar argues that teaching should focus on doing and helping students learn for themselves.
Pranjalee Lahri’s article explores the differences between games, game-based learning, and gamification in regards to education. She looks at it from a marketing and corporate-based angle but her ideas can be easily applied to the classroom as well.