eduScrum turns education upside down!
WE DON‘T BELIEVE IN eduScrum
eduScrum® is just a tool. Some have claimed that it is a revolution in education. For us, it is rather an evolution in the continuous development of effective teaching and learning. eduScrum® powerfully drives this evolution by fostering collaboration, self-efficacy, genuine connections, and authentic ways of learning. Teachers, students, entrepreneurs, and agilest experience trusting, autonomous, attentive, and co-creative learning situations with their students within the eduScrum® framework, in a safe environment. It represents a profound shift in education, empowering students to take joint ownership of their learning journey”.
Willy Wijnands & Kristina Fritsch
eduScrum is an active form of collaboration, in which students in teams complete assignments according to a fixed rhythm. They plan and determine their own activities and keep track of progress. The teacher ‘determines’ the assignments, coaches, and gives advice.
eduScrum® can give you wings!
But if you don’t start with the WHY
you won’t fly!
With eduScrum, students become the owners of their own learning process, resulting in intrinsic motivation, fun, personal growth, and better results. The teacher determines the WHY and the WHAT, and the students the HOW. A groundbreaking way of education, where personalized learning plays a very important role, just like the 4 C’s: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication & Critical thinking.
Welcome to eduScrum
eduScrum is an adaptation of Scrum, a framework for an active, collaborative process for the education system with an Agile mindset.
The value of eduScrum is in its simplicity, layering and transparency. It provides tools for creating projects, increasing personal growth, improving results and learning how to work as a team.
Why does eduScrum fit in today?
The world of work is changing dramatically. In companies and organizations where, hierarchical control used to be applied, there is now an active search for the meaning of work and decision-making autonomy. Employees and managers want to experience the feeling of “being good at something” at work. There is also a need for companies to constantly innovate and respond quickly to ever-changing market conditions and customer demands. It is necessary to change the principle of how people work in organizations.
So why not start with our children? Let’s work together to make the world of education move with the times.
In recent years, people have become increasingly active in making this change happen in education as well. People are looking for transparent methods to let go of frontal education and are experimenting with new methodologies of participatory education. For this, one can use methods that are also used in large organizations.
One of the fundamental and also widely used methodologies of agile management is Scrum. In the Netherlands you can encounter Scrum in banks, mobile operators, energy companies and software companies. Even local governments and the police are now embracing this agile way of working. Scrum, a framework for an active, collaborative process for the education system with an Agile mindset. The value of eduScrum is in its simplicity, layering and transparency. It provides tools for creating projects, increasing personal growth, improving results and learning how to work as a team.
With eduScrum we make the translation to implement the agile mindset in a responsible way with focus on the learner within our education. This way, education seamlessly connects to the world our students will soon become part of. Through the power of eduScrum students develop knowledge and 21st century competencies and skills and this goes in good harmony with the changes now taking place in the business world.
As Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, noted in 2019, “Education is no longer just about teaching students alone; it is more important to teach them to develop a reliable compass and the navigational tools to find their own way in a world that is increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain. Our imagination.”
What is eduScrum?
In eduScrum, we move from teacher-directed teaching to student-directed and student-organized teaching. The teacher determines the WHY and the WHAT, the student teams determine the HOW. eduScrum is a co-creative and active form of collaboration, in which students work together in self-directed teams on an assignment or project. They make use of each other’s qualities and work according to a fixed rhythm in which they plan their own activities and keep track of progress. This way of working gives transparency and freedom within the given frameworks and ownership over their own learning process, both individually and in teams.
But above all it gives the students a lot of fun and active involvement. With eduScrum we offer the students ownership and responsibility as well as overview and structure. The students develop their ability to reflect on themselves, the team and the learning process.This way of co-creating creates trust, fun, intrinsic motivation, involvement and responsibility; the work is finished faster; the results are better. They learn that you can achieve more together. In addition, students experience positive personal development as a matter of course.
Scrum is a well-developed method to let people work together intensively, pleasantly and with great results. Scrum was developed in the IT world in response to seemingly uncontrollable complex IT projects. In IT, Scrum is booming: more and more very large companies are working with Scrum. Other sectors are also switching to Scrum. The yields are enormous everywhere: speed, job satisfaction and results increase immediately.
eduScrum focuses on learning: learning more effectively and efficiently, learning to work together better, getting to know yourself better. eduScrum therefore has an extra ceremony of its own: forming teams based on additional qualities. Own instruments have also been developed that appeal and challenge young people. EduScrum thus puts a powerful pedagogical layer under Scrum.
eduScrum uses the powerful ceremonies, roles and instruments of Scrum. eduScrum is a framework for a co-creative process and guidance. For example, your own scrum board ‘the flap’ gives students an overview and structure, making the group work transparent. The stand-up with which each lesson starts provides focus and bond and makes you want to get to work. The retrospectives help students to continuously improve their way of working together. Not only in terms of subject matter, but they become aware of their own qualities. That contributes a lot to their personal growth and development. Always a step better …
eduScrum is easy, but hard to implement
eduScrum’s yields are comparable to those of Scrum. This way of co-creative collaboration generates pleasure, energy and responsibility; the work is finished faster; the results are better. They learn that you can achieve more together. In addition, students naturally experience positive personal development.
Would you like to know more about why and how eduScrum works? Below you find further insights into the Why, How and What of eduScrum!
Why does eduScrum work?
With eduScrum you put the “ownership” with the students and with the teams. One of the secrets of eduScrum is ownership. Learning is central: learning effectively and efficiently, learning to work better together, getting to know themselves better, learning to be creative. Students work together energetically and purposefully. This iterative way of working generates fun, power and responsibility, the work goes faster and the results are better. Students determine their own learning! The teacher determines what students “should” learn. The teacher and the class are a team! Together and with each other they go for it. They learn and share information with each other! Together you can achieve more than alone!
How does eduScrum work?
To achieve the WHAT and WHY, it is important that our educational system also adapts. By offering the traditional subjects according to the eduScrum methodology, students already develop much broader than just cognitively. At a more advanced stage, even the boundaries between subjects can blur and one provides cross-curricular education. How do we do it?
The teacher teaches the students to work in a team according to a set ceremonies in a transparent way. As the students and the teacher become more experienced in the eduScrum process, the teacher’s role changes to that of an expert, coach and process facilitator. This will support the teams at the time when there are subject matter questions or questions related to the process.
The teacher will have to give the students a lot of space but above all a lot of trust to make this methodology succeed. By delivering the material to be treated in project form, it will become more challenging for students, with the effect that students are more involved and more productive, which will lead to better results (cognitively and socially). The 21st century competencies and skills such as for example problem solving and critical thinking, creativity, communication, cooperation, curiosity, initiative, perseverance, adaptability, leadership and social and cultural awareness are addressed.
Each cycle ends with a self-reflection and giving feedback to their teammates. This way, they continuously improve their own work and learning process and that of the team. Individual tests (summative or formative) can also be taken as usual, giving the students an additional reflection on their achieved cognitive level.
- What might be useful to apply eduScrum for your learning, teaching aims and projects?
eduScrum training & workshops
An eduScrum training consists of 2 days and is hands-on where the instructors get to experience the power of eduScrum and the iterative process for themselves. The training has a pragmatic approach, so you can feel and understand the WHY of eduScrum.
During the training you will experience the different facets of eduScrum such as the co-creative process development, personal development, personalized learning, team development, reflection and tailored guidance. You will experience the added value of the different facets yourself and then also feel the added value for the learner.
Furthermore, you learn how to apply the 21st century skills, such as communication, cooperation, creativity and critical thinking, within eduScrum.
After the training, you will be able to apply eduScrum directly and concretely in your own practice and transform a theme, topic or project into the eduScrum way of working, write an assignment with a clear why, and place content in context that includes the curriculum criteria.
Working with eduScrum changes your role from teacher to expert, coach and facilitator of the learning process. You learn to apply eduScrum when creating your own projects. “Practice what you preach!
After the eduScrum training you will be able to:
– Convert a topic into the eduScrum way of working and write an assignment with a clear why and place the content in a context, where the curriculum criteria are included,
– apply the ceremonies, artifacts and process of eduScrum,
– develop students’ 21st century skills,
– coach students and teams in their personal and team development process and guide them to be self-organizing,
– encourage learners to use their freedom in teams, so that they become more curious and enjoy learning.
The cost of an eduScrum training
– A 2-day Dutch or German eduScrum Basic Training, in person, regularly costs € 1,125 per participant, € 375 for teachers, individual pricing is possible. More info here
– The International online eduScrum Basic training: € 375,- (because we have a sponsor).
– For 10 participants, a 2-day eduScrum training costs € 4,000.
– For each additional participant, there is an additional € 400.
– The price is based on in-house training, in the Netherlands and excluding travel costs.
– Prices for other specific requirements are available on request.
– After this training you will receive a certificate and can continue your eduScrum Shu Ha Ri Learning Path.
Training dates and times are determined in consultation. Open training dates are available here.
We also give activating workshops, where participants can experience what eduScrum is and how it works. This workshop is a good basis for determining whether eduScrum is right for you. This 2-hour workshop costs € 500, – (excluding travel expenses) for a maximum of 20 participants.
The workshop dates and times are determined in consultation. Open sessions are available here.