Nicole Blum

Nicole Blum

Dr Nicole Blum is a Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Education (London, UK). Her key areas of teaching and research interest are global learning & education for sustainable development.

Location United Kingdom

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  • Great to hear so many thoughts on this and how you are already using many of these approaches in your own practice. Also interesting to know how these approaches work or might need to be revised to make them effective with particular age groups.

  • @LindsayTurner Glad you're finding the resources useful. You might like to keep a copy of the Padlet links for future reference as these will still be available once the course finishes.

  • @LindsayTurner @KatrinaKL Yes, school links (mostly online at the moment) can be a great way of connecting learners from diverse parts of the world, diverse schools, etc. Where online links aren't possible (e.g. lack of good internet access), links can also be made by old fashioned post (!) or between schools in different cities or areas (e.g. rural vs. urban)...

  • Some wonderful thoughts here. Thank you. I always find this talk inspiring, even though I've watched it a number of times. It's also a great reminder that we are all wearing our own 'glasses' when we view the world and how important it is to look beyond this for new voices and stories.

  • @KatrinaKL Great question! What do others in the group think?

  • Great to hear your thoughts on these models. I wonder if there is anything that you think might also be added? For instance, are there any other elements that would be helpful to learners in your own national or local setting?

  • @KatrinaKL Yes, that's an interesting point. Some terms might be more useful with different age groups, as well as being more relevant in diverse settings and contexts.

  • I've really enjoyed reading your reflections here and on Padlet. Thank you!

  • Great to hear more thoughts on this. We'll also look in more detail at some of the challenges in later steps.

  • @ThiTran Yes, do take your time with the readings. We have made sure that they are all easy to access, so you can always download and read them after the course is over as well.

  • Hi everyone. It's wonderful to hear from more of the group about your experiences and perspectives on global education (and global citizenship education and even education for sustainable development). It's really encouraging to know that there is so much good work going on around the world!

  • @IkpegheEgoSalami That's a great example. Thanks for sharing.

  • @BeverleyBlignaut Thank you. That's very kind of you to say. We are so pleased that you have enjoyed the course and will share your learning with colleagues.

  • It's great to hear that many of the group are finding the reflections and review process useful. We are aware that a number of people have only recently joined us, so will look forward to hearing more as everyone reaches this step.

  • Thanks to those who have shared their ideas on the Padlet. It's also great to hear that they are proving helpful to your fellow learners!

  • @SimoneSchäpper Be sure to have a look at the materials that we have put together on the Padlet in step 3.7. I think these might be the kind of practical examples you are looking for.

  • @SithyRaufaMohamedRamees Thank you for taking part.

  • @LilkeCosterus Thank you!

  • Really interesting to hear your thoughts so far. Making activities relevant and at the right level for diverse groups of students is definitely a key point to consider.

  • @MS Yes, there is some really interesting academic research on teachers' perspectives on GE (and GCE and ESD) and the impacts on their teaching. Certainly, a key finding is that many teachers lack access to the training and resources that would help them develop their ideas and their practice in these areas. See this background paper for UNESCO, for example:...

  • Some really interesting examples of practice from the group so far. Looking forward to hearing more.

  • @JoyTIAMWATT Thank you!

  • Thanks for all the reflections you have been sharing so far. It's great to know where you see yourselves in terms of your practice and also what goals you have been thinking about for the future.

  • @SIRECISSE Yes, absolutely. Having access to technology and resources can often be a real challenge - not just for global education, but for education in general.

  • @GUILLERMOJOSEMATAMONTANER Interesting. I wonder if others in the group have had similar experiences of working with different age groups?

  • Thanks for the reflections so far. Looking forward to hearing from others in the group.

  • Some very interesting thoughts here. Several of the group have mentioned encouraging action. What might that look like in your practice?

  • @GUILLERMOJOSEMATAMONTANER Good questions! Thanks for sharing. I'd also be interested to see what others think.

  • Thanks for sharing your reflections about the terms and also how you feel your learning has progressed through the course so far. There seems to be lots of interest in engaging learners in the world, which is always great to see!

  • @KatrinaKL Yes, a very good point.

  • @TRIONANICRUAIRI Curriculum requirements can definitely be a challenge. We'll talk more about that in later steps.

  • @SarahPark Yes, absolutely.

  • Some really wonderful examples on the Padlet. Thanks for sharing such thoughtful reflections. If anyone hasn't checked it yet, do have a look!

  • Thanks for all the thoughtful reflections so far. It's really great to hear your thoughts!

  • @TiffanyStrollo @AlissaGouw Yes, as you say, there is no 'one size fits all' recipe for global education, and this can be one of the challenges of thinking through how to 'do' global education in a particular context or setting. Issues that might be perfectly acceptable for discussion in some places might be totally unacceptable in others. As educators we have...

  • Welcome to those who have recently joined the course. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the coming weeks.

  • Thanks for all the insightful comments so far. As many of you have noted, sometimes the biggest challenges are related to the contexts where we work. These might be about the actual school, parents' expectations or ideas within wider communities or nations. So, it's very important to be aware of these and sensitive to what is feasible in specific contexts. In...

  • @BeverleyBlignaut Yes, this is a good point. The world has always changeable, but we are now more aware of it than ever because of how interconnected we are and it's important for young people (and all of us, really) to appreciate this.

  • @RobertSubagjo Yes, this is often an issue that educators around the world face - how to find the space for critical thinking and reflection when the emphasis is on getting good marks and passing exams. There is some interesting educational research, however, that suggests that learning HOW to learn (and not just memorising curriculum content) has signficant...

  • @SIRECISSE Thank you for sharing your experiences - a great example of how encouraging learning and reflection can help young people (actually people of all ages!) to understand and appreciate different perspectives. As others in the group have noted, the specific context (e.g. school, national policy, etc.) is often a challenge to this, however.

  • @vanniscarelleMobuVannis See the note from @SIRECISSE above for the process. If you're still having problems, do let us know.

  • @SIRECISSE Thanks for supporting a fellow learner. Much appreciated!

  • @RosannaMillinchip Yes, that's an interesting thought!

  • Thanks for the posts so far - some very inspiring thoughts and reflections so far! Looking forward to hearing from more of the group.

  • @SarahDarling That's an interesting question. Do we think that teachers and students have different views about what is important to them? And does this perhaps vary depending on the age of students?

  • @NiazahmedBhutto Sorry to hear that. It works fine when I view it, but we're following this up with FutureLearn to see what the problem might be. Could you let us know which operating system and browser you are using? In the meantime, you could try reading the transcript (see link under the video) or perhaps viewing the video from a different device?

  • @HongweiZhong Yes, it's a lot to start with, but everyone should feel free to pick the ones that seem most relevant and helpful to them!

  • @PoonamHayre Yes, that's a great point - the 'global' is often interpreted as meaning 'people elsewhere who are different to me' (or, as you say somewhere 'exotic'). This can stem from very old colonial ideas about difference and 'the Other'. But, as you say, this misses the important point that diversity of many kinds can be found in every community and...

  • Hi everyone. So great to read through the posts today and see so many people joining with such amazingly diverse backgrounds and experiences!

  • @BeverleyBlignaut Hi Beverly. We're following this up with FutureLearn. Could you let us know which operating system and browser you are using? This information will help the team look into the problem. Many thanks!

  • @ShazR Hi Shaz. We're following this up with FutureLearn. Could you let us know which operating system and browser you are using? This information will help the team look into the problem. Many thanks!

  • Hello everyone and welcome to the course! Very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts over the coming weeks.

  • @EstherWainwright Thanks for sharing - that looks like an interesting paper.

  • @WeifangLiu Thank you.

  • @TacianadeLiraSilva Thanks, there are some really useful points in that blog post.

  • @TacianadeLiraSilva Yes, you're right! I'm not sure how we missed that mistake on Giroux's first name. Thanks for noting. I'll correct it now.

  • @TacianadeLiraSilva Thanks for sharing. Yes, that is an interesting resource.

  • @TheresaOwen I've just checked and it all seems to be working on my end. When you go to to the Padlet, you should see a bit plus (+) sign in the bottom, right-hand corner which will allow you to post a new post.

  • Glad that you all found us!

  • @JudeAweya Great that'd you'd like to keep in touch. It's on the Sources of Further Support document in the last step, but here it is again just in case: https://us16.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bbbe6ca8ef0e6f9b0beab9089&id=94b8cb2d96

  • Thanks for all the comments, and apologies to those who haven't been able to connect with a peer. I've been in touch with the support team to see what's happening with this and will post when I know more.

  • @EvaDelCampo You might like to look at the FutureLearn course created by some of our UCL IOE colleagues - it's called Blended and Online Learning Design https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/blended-and-online-learning-design.