5 strategies for the future of learning
These five opportunities and strategies will help educators and leaders shape their action plans for the future of learning.
Along with each opportunity, the guide offers examples of strategies that stakeholders might adopt for the future of learning.
Five drivers of change that will impact the future of learning and have sweeping cognitive, social, ethical, and institutional consequences include:
1. Automating choices: Algorithms and AI are becoming embedded in our lives.
2. Civic superpowers: Individuals, nonprofits, and volunteer organizations are flexing their civic muscles.
3. Accelerating brains: Rapid advances in technology and neuroscience are combining to transform our cognitive abilities in intended and unintended ways.
4. Toxic narratives: The narratives and the metrics of success and achievement that shape people’s aspirations, choices, and behaviors are becoming increasingly detrimental to individual and social health.
5. Remaking geographies: Migration patterns, small-scale production, and efforts to grow place-based and cultural assets are combining to reshape local geographies in response to economic and climate volatility.
These five drivers of change will have “enormous consequences for the ways we interact, reflect, and organize our society,” according to the report.
Five opportunities–and strategies–influencing the future of learning
With the drivers in mind, the five opportunities highlight “areas in which education stakeholders could respond to the drivers of change and their implications to create meaningful strategies for navigating the future of learning while addressing their own needs.”
1. Civic engagement for the smart age: How might we activate inclusive forms of civic engagement aligned to the realities of the twenty-first century?
2. A learning lifestyle: How might we integrate schools into their environments to make learning a joyful, lifelong practice for all learners?
3. Systemic interdependence: How might we forge structural partnerships within education and across other sectors for the benefit of all?
4. Smart technologies for all: How might we ensure the ethical use of smart technologies in education?
5. Many selves, many stories: How might we value students’ lived experiences and identities to help them craft purpose-driven pathways that motivate ongoing, engaged learning?
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