Director of Out of Class and Experiential Education,
International College Hong Kong
Douglas qualified as a teacher in the UK in 1991 following a degree in Psychology and Sociology and subsequently taught in primary schools for 20 years, ultimately working as a Primary School Headteacher for the final 7 years. During this time he gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship and a Masters in Education Management.
He moved to Hong Kong in 2011 working as an Education Consultant helping set up a new international primary school, and as an Outdoor Educator focusing on curriculum development for an outdoor company.
In 2013 he started working at International College Hong Kong as a member of the senior leadership team focusing on Special Educational Needs, Outdoor and Experiential Education and the development of Big History and Human Technologies as part of the curriculum . His current focus is on the development of the Mastery Transcript at ICHK.
Human Technologies: a curricular discourse and lens
This case study will consider the approaches taken by ICHK as an international secondary school in Hong Kong. The school operates a curriculum discourse and lens called Human Technologies which is a way to make explicit the art and craft of being human. This lens encourages a reflective and philosophical approach to all curriculum decisions made in school.
This lens informed the choices the school made in developing an online offer as part of its response to the campus closure brought about by Covid-19. The framing of the online learning component as Flexible Learning, the way this has built on existing school initiatives such as Free Learning and Deep Learning and the way this is being integrated now into the school curriculum as we return to on-campus learning, will be considered and demonstrated.
- An understanding of the Human Technologies discourse and lens and the resources on offer through the school website.
- Consideration of the philosophical underpinning of school-based decisions.
- Discussion and sharing of the Flexible Learning, Deep Learning and Free Learning models used at ICHK.