Frameworks and what students want

This will be a cryptic post arising from me connecting the dots from three unrelated interactions that I had this week.

First, I was having a conversation with some colleagues who noted that students now wanted more lecture notes, and better slides in presentations.

Secondly, I attended the Magdalene College-Investec Lecture in Business which was delivered this year by Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi. Now if you’ve ever listened to Kevin Roberts, you will know that he is a full-on speaker and he spoke very forcefully about the differences between the VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguity) that is shaping the lens through which the Pentagon sees the world, and the Super Vuca world that Saatchi and Saatchi sees (Vibrant, Unreal, Crazy and Astounding). I might not be summarising this the way Kevin Roberts intended, but my take is that the difference is between a desire to impose structure and order in the world (the VUCA way) vs the recognition that the world is so complex now that we should embrace the disorder.

The third interaction came from someone I follow on twitter who brought my attention to this gem from best-selling author and behavioural economist Dan Ariely where he talks about the most unusual teaching experience that he has had.

Now, I don’t want to spoil the twist in this video so, what I will do is, continue this blog next week where I explain how I connect these dots. But you are free to leave guesses or leave your own impressions in the comments field in the meantime.

So, to be continued.

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