A recent Getting Smart Podcast episode is a recording of an interview Katie King did with Tom Vander Ark about his thoughts on the future of learning.

#RedefineReady: An Interview with Tom Vander Ark About the Future of Learning

Guest post by Mary Tighe

As part of KnowledgeWorks strategic foresight research, our team interviews education experts for greater insight into the current learning landscape and trends that can point to the future.

The most recent episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is a recording of an interview Katie King did with Tom Vander Ark about his thoughts on the future.

Here are some interesting takeaways:

  1. There is amazing potential in combining competency-based learning with place-based learning. This would not only unlock the opportunity to learn anytime and anywhere, but also ensure those educational experiences aligns with the local school district’s learning outcomes.
  2. Equity needs to be a focus across the board. While the digital divide is becoming less prominent, we still have issues with access. We need to ensure all students are supported into the future of education if we want to close achievement gaps throughout the country.
  3. We aren’t preparing our students for the future we will face. We need to reconsider what high school grads and college grads need to know, as they enter a workforce that will continue to change. They need to be prepared for novelty and complexity. The skills we are developing today won’t help students succeed in the future.

To learn more about what readiness might look like in the future, check out our most recent paper, “The Future of Learning: Redefining Readiness from the Inside Out.”

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