Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem

Guest post by Jillian Darwish

After months of work with partners around the country, I am delighted to announce the release of KnowledgeWorks Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem.
With our first two forecasts, we anticipated that teaching and learning would become uncoupled from traditional educational institutions. Beginning in 2005, we saw the possibility for a vibrant array of learning experiences, resources, and tools to be available to nearly anyone, anytime, anywhere, for any purpose. In 2012, that future has certainly arrived!
Due to five key disruptions, we expect that the coming decade will bring experiments with the novel recombination of this array of unbundled resources, talent, and technology. We will have the opportunity to put the pieces – some long-established and some new – together in new sequences to create a diverse and evolving learning ecosystem that ensures that each and every child is prepared to thrive in a dynamic future.
Of course, Forecast 3.0 is but one thread in a rich tapestry of the current education conversation. We hope you will be interested in weaving in your ideas by engaging in challenging, inspiring, and disruptive conversations in your own communities, organizations, and schools or here online with us.
Over the next few months, the Organizational Development and Foresight team, along with our KnowledgeWorks colleagues and partners, will continue to elaborate on the disruptions on this blog. We will also use the forecast’s “20,000 foot view” as a starting point for engaging in more practice-based conversations. We expect to examine questions about what the disruptions and opportunities to recombine components of the learning ecosystem might mean for topics as diverse as learning outcomes, curriculum, pedagogy, leadership, governance, teachers’ roles and preparation, professional learning, funding, assessment, partnerships, community involvement, and even the very purpose of education.
Please look for future discussions here or, if we can support your efforts to catalyze new conversations in some other way, please contact us. You can also engage further by ordering hard copies of the forecast free of charge or download the forecast if that is of use to you.
We look forward to creating the future with you!

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