Resilience course portal:
Teacher training 

“How can I integrate a resilient approach to teaching in these times?

A surprising answer was provided by StudioBlended. Tikvah coached me in making my educational approach and impact last longer.

I realized that acquiring knowledge is a process that obeys the rules of resilience very strongly.”

Dr. Alexander Jachnow, Urban Researcher and Strategist

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Technical perfection: the pencil (Philippe D'Averio). Analogy explanation by Antonio Maesano, technical architect.
Photo Breimer.

This page serves like a portal, for you to explore the 6 variations of our unique resilience course. They all focus on design (see our manifesto).

The future is blended, and blended is not just a concept, or hype. Blended really is a whole new approach to learning and teaching that is here to stay. We must all go over the entire design of existing courses, and new ones, and see them with new eyes. Whether you are a starting lecturer or trainer, or a seasoned one: you must update your knowledge, understanding and skills as a teacher.

At StudioBlended we developed a unique course – just this one: the resilience course. Through this course, the need to go blended, becomes an opportunity to make design resilient, and receive teacher trainer that is both foundational and a refresher: it not only covers ‘blended’ but, more fundamentally, all the essentials of technique and pedagogy in design.  

If you appreciate our modular StudiOpedia, with its unique and finite ‘form aids function’ methodology for curriculum design - the course is where you are equipped with its technical backbone: the open-building framework.

This open-building framework is technically perfect - like a pencil. What is technical perfection? It means that it keeps its qualities in whatever context. If you throw it in water, and allow it to dry it can still write. Should you keep it for a decade, and then try it again: it writes. It is perfect. Which is why it is not further developed, you just see variations of pencils, no difference in the original design. It is already technically perfect.

Likewise, our open-building framework for curriculum design is technically perfect, and fit for purpose, whatever your unique nature and context is. It is like a structure of the ordinary (after Habraken) into which you can start to include modules, with your autonomy as a teacher to build.

From this open-building framework, you are trained to actually be able to use essential modules of the StudiOpedia in a way that resonates with you, and your technical field.

If you want a brief introduction, to what we mean with technical and human resilience, listen to this keynote by Tikvah Breimer, teacher trainer of the resilience course, senior consultant. Below you will find a written introduction too.

6 variations
We offer 6 variations of the resilience course. They form a spectrum, going from equipping you in deep technical and human resilience in a team/peer setting, to more light touch variations that meet you right where you are, and take it with you from there. Some focus on course design, others on designing just a module.

What all variations have in common moreover, is a bichronous element, a thoughtful integration of synchronous (teaching) and asynchronous (self-paced learning). We consciously do not offer fully self-paced remote courses. Reality is that Mass Open Online Courses (MOOC), are often times not actually very effective or meaningful (see this article for instance). By including this bichronous angle, inspired by our take on ‘live time optimisation’, we include an experiental element for all participants, so that, they feel more confident in finding their way in online teaching.

Get a quick impression with our 1 table overview showing you the differences between the variations.

We made a sketch of what the learning journey will look like, in the form of a ‘blended learning wave’ to show you by example how we integrated ‘blended’, ‘bichronous’ and ‘face to face’ with what we call ‘live time optimisation’. You will find this sketch on the respective sub-pages.

A brochure with the options and corresponding price follows early in the new academic year.

The nature of the course
What is the actual course like apart from the blended learning wave you see? An aspects that comes back in all 6 variations, is that of the ‘workplace’ and a ‘drawing table’. Curious? Have a read below.

There is so much more to say about this resilience course, which is better done in a phone call. Feel free to contact our teacher trainer, Tikvah Breimer (MSc MEd MSc), and schedule a call to see if the resilience course is for you.

Our teacher trainer and senior consultant, made an extensive exporation of the open building approach in architecture at the Institute for Housing and Urban Management (IHS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Photo: An open building framework for a house. Birkhauser 2008. Edition Detail. Components and Systems.

What will the actual course be like?
The point of the course is not to write a lot. It is to interact, understand, imagine, try new formats and lenses, gain new understanding through the formats offered, receive lots of guidance, and shape and craft that one output, your design. Very much like in a workplace - but done (partly or wholly) remotely and asynchronous with synchronous or face to face guidance at essential moments.

We focus on curriculum design, the drawing table, because this relates to a structural part of your own resilience and that of your course. Whilst we cannot train you in actual teaching, since we are not able to observe you on the job, this resilience course comes close to equipping you for actual teaching as well.

We curate peer groups along technical fields. The resilience course is also unique because it is a journey, one that you undertake together with other teachers in this season.

What stands out is that the course is highly tailored and personalized to you, and the teacher trainer follows your pace. The teacher trainer is there especially for you. That way, you are able to combine the course with work and family obligations, and windows of opportunity to create time dedicated to the course output.

Technical resilience
How can you design content that is resilient for up to a decade?

A technically resilient course - one that can last up to a decade - must have an open-building framework. The frame takes the longest to design, pilot, consolidate, but if you do it well, you have many years to enjoy it.

The open-building framework reflects your level of technical expertise in your field. The more essential you are able to make it - some 10 ‘big ideas’ each of understanding and knowledge, the more expertise you typically have.

For this, your teacher trainer will level with you on the ‘hype cycle of concepts’ in your body of knowledge - or even its interdisciplinarity/transdisciplinarity (have a look at the talk our teacher trainer Breimer gave at Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, slide 7-11). Your curated peer group will also give you feedback technically.

With an eye to resilience of your students, we look at the future of work, skills and capabilities they need beyond just technical/digital. Your teacher trainer will help you to reinvision the curriculum design from this angle as well.

Once you have that framework, you can insert learning modules, and easily replace, update, tailor them to each delivery, whilst an open-building framework stays intact.

This sustainable analogy greatly helps you build with online platforms, software, media and technology. You will even know which ordinary solutions are simply the best, because you will be very clear on the functionality that you need, whilst the overall framework does not come from technology – but from your pedagogically sound design. We always look at higher education and technology through a pedagogical lens. Find our scoping paper under publications (Breimer Browne Slob 2021).

It is an essential visual analogy that also calms your approach to (ever complex) communication between technologies and people.

Human resilience
Why did we call our one single design course, a ‘resilience course’ also from a human perspective?

Many university lecturers, are actually researchers – and teaching is a side-obligation. Often times, they never actually had any teacher training, which means they are simply trying to deliver education but lack the technical skills that would make life easier on them. See also our participatory action research (PAR) report.

Senior experts sometimes wish to go into teaching, but do not have the training yet to know how to approach their expertise from the angle of learning. Typically, they spend too many hours on developing and delivering a course.

Over the past decade we have seen, personally experienced and watched other lecturers and trainers and the way the health of our bodies, our mental balance and even our personal lives, are affected by the work we do. This is surely not sustainable either in terms of the suffering caused or the retention of good teachers.

And so, whilst you are there especially for your students/professionals – we are there especially for you, throughout the resilience course journey, to equip you to design with your own resilience as a teacher in mind.

Our teacher trainer deeply understands the profession and the unique challenges it has, and is in a good position to come alongside you, whilst you are on the job or planning for it, and see where you can gain resilience. Beginning at your drawing table, we come alongside designing more structurally sound foundations for teaching and for you to enjoy your very own days, your time, and your life. Our idea is that you can enjoy this beautiful profession of being a teacher well beyond your retirement even, as long as you design for resilience.

We are here especially for you in technical / human resilience and simplicity by design. #StudioBlended Keep asking: does it make sense? This is your day, in your life - enjoy every moment.
“Tikvah's Studio Blended course came at exactly the right moment for me. As an independent senior media adviser, I was looking for a way to share my expertise on the topic of inclusive journalism. I needed a framework and guidance and that's exactly what I got in this course. Besides that, Tikvah works in an intuitive, creative manner, which suits me a lot. Before the course, I would wrinkle my brain over the content and now I've learned how to trust on my own expertise and focus mainly on the (playful) ways to get others excited about my topic. It got me out of my mind into my sketchbook and I've learned to think much better about the receiving audience of my course.”

Sanne Breimer
Journalist & Press critic
The Netherlands / Bali

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