12 Changes Coming To The Future Of Learning

The future of learning is exciting, filled with innovative ideas, and no one in their right mind knows more than that. Anyone who says otherwise is pulling your leg. In any case, it’s fun and quite useful to think about what the future of education may actually look like. The team at KnowledgeWorks assembled about a dozen different features they think will be present in the world of education many years from now. Below are some of my favorites:

  • The idea of school will be completely different. School in general will take the form of self-organized classrooms, remote learning, or some other structure.
  • Learning won’t be categorized or defined by time and place. That is, of course, unless a learner wants to learn at a particular time and in a particular location.
  • This is probably the most important change that might be coming to the future of learning: teachers and educators’ jobs will become even more diversified and will require a lot more creative thinking and ideas to support learning.
  • Finally, it’ll be interesting to see the future of blended learning and online learning. That is because geographic and virtual communities will start taking ownership of learning in brand-new ways.
  • The idea of career readiness won’t be as big an issue. That’s because so many students are constantly learning and preparing for real-world scenarios that they’re ready to hop into the workplace as soon as they graduate. In fact, they’re probably ready well before graduation. I’m guessing that once students are done with, say, about 60% of their higher education they’ll be more than capable to move into the professional world where they’ll actually flourish. Only time will tell!
  • It’ll be exciting to see which of these changes actually happen, which ones don’t pan out, and which ones are already occurring right now. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on all of these changes here on Edudemic so check back soon.

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  1. mbranson_1993

    August 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I have been telling my faculty for several years that education, as we have known it, is about to die: die from internal decay because of the absence of critical reflection and die from pressures from outside (NCLB, budget cuts, lack of respect for education).

    For the near term (which I define as under 10 years), I agree with you about the diverse roles faculty will play, especially at the post-secondary level–tho’ even this is changing in NC due to new legislation that will allow high school FRESHMAN to enroll in certain programs on community college campuses.

  2. David Snyder

    August 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    It is unusual for a vision statement to be so exuberant about the positive potential of an absolutely uncertain long-term future. While it is a vision with which I resonate, as a consulting futurist I must add that it is a vision that is tough to sell to educators. Most leadership in higher education needs to pursue strategies based on specific assumed future certainties, while rank-and-file academics – the faculty – are increasingly worried that the coming tidal wave of technology-mediated learning will decimate the professorate.

    Whether eLearning will massively thin the ranks of academia or primarily transform professional instructional practices and purpose is not yet clear. What is clear is that we are currently passing through a genuine techno-economic revolution of historic scope, and, within a decade, the organization and operation of all post-secondary education will be dramatically different from the institutions we have always known.