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Your Joyful 21st Century Learning Framework

via Kadenze


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”Albert Einstein
After the shambles that was COVID, schools and universities everywhere are reporting high levels of student disengagement, and struggling to find focus as ‘continuous partial attention’ distracts their learners. Administrative loads are adding to ‘work intensification’ for teachers, and ‘zoom schools’ are becoming mandatory in the hunt for improved models of delivery. The transforming energy of generative AI has been released, and unsurprisingly millions of teachers are saying ‘Enough!’ 
These are times without precedent for education.
Tenacious teachers know, although not without a measure of trepidation, that they must adapt and adjust to address the changing manners, priorities, and behaviors of their students, and their employing authorities. They understand that it is not simply a matter of doing learning design better; they need to rethink learning design completely.  
The solution is to ensure learning design embraces a pedagogy of creativity. Learning design needs to capture each learners’ creative capacities, ignite curiosity, encourage imaginative experimentation and good humour, and value embodied intelligences. Only then will student motivation be reinvigorated, student autonomy flourish, and that ‘supreme art of the teacher’ identified by Einstein be recovered for all.
The need for a pedagogy of creativity to infuse learning design has never been more urgent.
The Joy of Learning the Kadenze Way is a course in C21st learning design to help you adapt to and transform the conditions of modern teaching spaces. Produced by the Kadenze Academy, in this course you will:
  • share Kadenze’s Technology Enabled Creative Learning (TECL) framework; a mature, contemporary, and strategic approach to a pedagogy of creativity in the classroom  
  • complete the scaffolded TECL Learning Plan to apply TECL to your planning and teaching
  • identify the value of the live class, alongside synchronous and asynchronous modes of delivery
  • save time with serviceable support resources  
  • learn through ‘real world’ illustrations of practice and case studies
  • encounter rich collaborations and co-creations within your course cohort
  • receive a digital badge of accomplishment which aligns with your expectations for career advancement
  • be Einstein-like by awakening ‘joy in creative expression and knowledge’ for your learners… or simply… make learning more joyful. 

Whether you are a teacher of K-12, a teaching artist, someone with wisdom to share in a world hungry to learn differently, or a university professor, be among the first to discover The Joy of Learning the Kadenze Way.
Photo by Alex Alvarez on Unsplash


  • Embedding TECL through Retrieval Practice
    • · The fundamentals of whole-of-course design rich with adventure and alliance · Identifying environmental nuance in teaching contexts · ‘Engaged tension’ in TECL’s learning design · Elevating student choice over rigid course structures.
  • Orientation: The Creativity Challenge & TECL
    • · Disengagement and the creativity challenge · Social, experiential and aesthetic learning · The 'elevations' which make an effective creative course · Ensuring each person’s creative capacities are nurtured and not stifled · What it takes to grow a creative career
  • Using Goals and Outcomes for High Student Engagement
    • · Clarifying and sharing goals, intentions & criteria for success; questions that guide · Managing learner inhibition thresholds: live and online · Deploying Expressive Outcomes (from Eliot Eisner) alongside behavioural objectives and related goals
  • TECL: making learning personal and significant
    • · Learning design for action and interaction · Elevating all students as a partner in learning · Incorporating ‘co-roles’ for learners; co-learners, co-planners
  • The Principles of TECL
    • · Applying TECL principles to instructional activities and learning pathways · TECL as artful practice
  • Instructional Activities & Hyflexing
    • · From instructional activities to creative learning pathways · The value and challenges of embodied learning · Multimodal settings for learning – classroom, asynchronous, synchronous · Building Reusable Learning Objects (RLO) · Identifying the features, benefits, and challenges creative learning online can bring to the adventure of learning.

Taught by

Susmitha Rajan, Amanda Morris, Brad Haseman, Elise May, Richard Sheehan, Jackie Kauli, John Holyoke and Lance Scaife-Elliott


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