March 9, 2011

Designing for Learning

The Learning 2025: School Is out Forever conversation that Jillian Darwish and Erika Gregory will be facilitating at SxSW Interactive next week is going to start with a look at schooling today versus possibilities for learning tomorrow, comparing dimensions such as where and when learning takes place, who determines the curriculum, and what kinds of technologies support learning experiences.

The session will raise a design challenge: what would need to shift to help people inside and outside today’s education system move from juggling today’s demands toward co-creating a learner-centered future?  For example, if we know we want to create more customized learning experiences with learners, what needs to change?

It’s not just a question of what barriers we would remove. It’s more a matter of what steps we would take, despite all the barriers and challenges, to move in the direction we want to go. The first step. And the next. And the next. And after we’ve taken them, as The Berkana Institute highlights when describing emergent change as a process of walking out and walking on, we’ll see what to do next.

But if we don’t know where were going, we can’t move out of the circle of incremental improvement with which we’re so familiar today. Where do you want to take learning?

Katherine Prince

Written by: Katherine Prince

Katherine Prince is the Senior Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks. She is excited about the future of learning, transformative leadership, and building resilient solutions for a sustainable world.

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