When someone asks me what I mean when I say “the world of learning” I usually answer that the world of learning puts learners at the center, leverages technologies and human capital in new ways, and incorporates new structures. To me, nothing embodies these three points more than personal learning ecologies. As defined by the 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning, personal learning ecologies involve families looking outside the traditional “system” to create ecologies of learning experiences. In other words, families and learners look beyond the four walls of a classroom; to other content providers, to digital learning opportunities, to the community, and to institutions like museums and libraries; for customized solutions that are more relevant to the learner’s needs and interests. This doesn’t mean that learners don’t attend schools at all. Rather, schools are only part of a learner’s educational experience.
Putting learners at the center means that learners will change their expectations of the education experience they pursue, as outlined in the video below:
In order to meet the new expectations, educators will have to assume new roles, like those outlined in the Learning Agent section of our website. Institutions inside and outside of the traditional learning system will also have to adapt in this new world of learning. I wrote about this earlier this week on the American Association of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums blog.
What other changes do you envision as personal learning ecologies emerge?