Guiding Principles of Frugal Education
Things to consider when designing education in a frugal way
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Build at the Speed of Need
Embrace a circular pedagogy. Start small, build quickly, and keep it lean, through an iterative cycle of prototyping and refinement. Design teaching and learning with sustainability in mind to deliver environmentally responsible education, both locally and globally. Finally, review and amend your learning design on a regular basis to keep it fresh and relevant with each iteration.
Be economical with the resources that constitute your design. Look to reduce administration, streamline processes, and minimise costs. The simpler your design, the easier it will be to build, deliver, and manage. Freeing up valuable resources that can be used to better serve your learners.
Whether designing from scratch or adapting existing practice, consider the wider impact of your design on the environment. Think about the first-order effects of your design decisions and how they might impact the local environment. Now zoom out, and consider the second-order effects of your design from a global perspective.
Don’t overthink it. Start small and iterate often. Test the effectiveness of your design through rapid prototyping, giving you the flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of your audience. Design, resource, build, and deliver quality education through a continuous cycle of improvement and refinement.