Monday, December 7, 2015

Shifting structures in times of exponential change

Over the past few months I've had chats with a colleague about the concept of unschooling, and I've met a family who are unschooling their 3 children.  Reading on in KnowledgeWorks The Future of Learning, brings these conversations to mind and considers how teaching and learning systems might morph over the next 10 years.  Here is a summary of the main points:
  • Learning Biomes:  innovations in education will focus on fostering responsive learning climates through the cultivation of effective group learning cultures and the customization of learning environments.  By creating tailored personal and shared learning overlays, augmented and virtual reality tools will increasingly meld those environments and enable learners to make use of new forms of immersive experience.
  • Fluid Schools:  schools will shift from fixed structures to fluid networks and relationship-based formats reflecting learners needs, interests and goals.  
  • Artisanal Education:  Learners and their families will be increasingly conscious consumers and architects of learning, seeking out educational approaches that fit their values and lifestyles.
  • Autonomous Administration:  education administration will shift from managing discrete organizations to facilitating seamless collaboration across diverse learning ecosystems.  Distributed organizational models will supplant traditional hierarchies as many management functions become automated.  Smart contracts will help schools allocate and manage resources.
  • Resilient Learning Ecosystems:  as communities and individuals struggle to adapt to changing conditions, learning ecosystems comprised to many kinds of organizations and resources will help the education sector adapt to changing needs.
I loved reading this section of the report - so many ideas resonated with me.  What do you think about these - how do you see school structures changing in the future?

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