Brazilian Education – Week 2 – Class Notes


During class we had the pleasure of hearing Prof. Ulisses Araújo, Director of USP’s Research Center for New Pedagogical Architectures, talk about his work around the “Challenge of Quality Education in Brazil: Technologies and Active Learning Methods as an Answer”. I was honored with the task of being his discussant during the Q&A session.

Prof. Ulisses also suggested to share the following articles that were closely related to the talk:

  • O uso de tecnologias educacionais na formação de professores para conteúdos de ética e cidadania: o curso de Especialização semipresencial em Ética, valores e cidadania na escola.
    International Studies on Law and Education, v. 19, p. 37-46, 2015.
    ARAUJO, U. F. ; GARBIN, M. C. ; FRANZI, J. ; ARANTES, V. A. ; SILVA, C. O.
    Ler artigo

  • The reorganization of time, space and relationships in school with the use of active learning methodologies and collaborative tools.
    ETD. Educação Temática Digital, v. 16, p. 84-99, 2014.
    Ler artigo

Presentation Notes:
(bold = questions I asked)

  • First true pure online university in Brazil
    • What are the affordances, advantages of being purely online?
      • What are the disadvantages?
  • Education has been historically a ONE-TO-ONE relationship
    • 19th century – classroom is ‘invented’ for the masses
      • Defines the architecture of education
      • Homogeneous
    • 3d revolution of education
      • Universalization
      • Inclusion of all differences in the classroom
  • Need homogeneous classrooms
    • How do you do that without creating an even wider gap in equity?
  • Lower the cost of education
    • Books are more expensive to produce than an online course?
  • Bringing new tools into education
    • Is there a resistance in the academic world to adopt open platforms or even ‘foreign’ technology?
  • Guiding principles
    • Problem and Project-Based Learning
      • Projects are defined by the cohort – a technique to scale up knowledge
      • Design Thinking – without implementation