Thursday, 2 February 2012

What needs to be improved at Midem

What needs to be improved at Midem – in a word the teaching style – that’s 2 words so I’ll use the technical term, pedagogy.

Yap Yap Yap – people talking at you – all over the midem – whether it’s in Midem Academy or the Innovation Factory – or it’s entrepreneurs practising their pitch it’s that same wretched format – death by presentation technology and someone transmitting knowledge – what they know.

Teaching through the transmission of a body of knowledge by the good and the great (at midem the young and the good) came under severe scrutiny from the 70’s. By the 80’s the notion of a teacher facilitating learning rather than sending information without checking whether it had been received became the norm – for the past 10 years independent learners have been common in schools and universities.

The ‘how to’ lectures I visited need to make a teaching  or pedagogic evolution similar to that from CD to downloads – sure there’s room for a bit of ‘here’s like it is ‘– but far more is needed on where are you now what are you trying to achievelet’s consider the different ways to get thereI’ve prepared some stuff on facebook for starters let’s look at this together now or later if you want - cutting edge music and cutting edge technology demand a better pedagogy – for next year choose speakers by their capacity to increase learning – the pedagogical imperative.