Putting admin before learning
Posted June 3, 2015on:
Last week I tweeted this:
It was a response to a photo taken off a roadmap presentation by MOE.
I reiterate, if an effort starts with an administrative view, it continues and ends with that view. Its implementation is numbers and efficiency-oriented. It is not about teaching or learning no matter how many cosmetic words are applied over the administration.
To be fair, the photo was of one slide of many and the presentation was probably more about IT instead of ICT-enabled learning, social media-based learning, pedagogical extension, or learning strategies. If you place administration before teaching and learning, only administrators win.
Administration is not easy. It includes processes like strategic planning, budgeting, timelining, creating and ensuring standards of practice, and crunching numbers. Lots of numbers. Numbers in spreadsheets, Gaant charts, graphs, lists, etc. There are so many numbers that the people that make up the numbers disappear.
As difficult at administration is to do, it is a walk in the park comparing to the complexities of teaching and the messiness of learning. As a former university don and appointment holder who had to deal with all three firsthand, I know what I am talking about.
How might one inject some reality back into the administrative game? I tackle this question tomorrow.