When KnowledgeWorks’ strategic foresight team worked with leaders and innovators across education to explore implications of our comprehensive ten-year forecast, “The Future of Learning: Education in the Era of Partners in Code,” we heard workshop participants identify five key opportunities to shape the future of learning.
For leaders and innovators in postsecondary and higher education, these broad areas of opportunity suggest possibilities for broadening and diversifying learning experiences, considering new business models, collaborating within and beyond the sector, and exploring far-reaching questions about the purpose and outcomes of higher education. Working closely to create alignment and open lines of communication with K-12 will be equally critical to ensure that high school graduates are college-ready.
A new resource from KnowledgeWorks, “Shaping the Future of Learning: Postsecondary and Higher Education Strategy Workbook,” takes a closer look at such possibilities. Designed for leaders and innovators in postsecondary and higher education, it can help stakeholders consider what the opportunities on the horizon for learning might mean in specific contexts, begin to identify ways to take advantage of emerging trends, and make bold choices to lead the way toward a future of learning that serves all learners and society well. The workbook features:
Strategies for taking action to address critical areas of change.
Examples of work being done today by innovators in postsecondary education.
Key questions to help readers consider how they and others might respond to opportunities and challenges on the horizon.
To highlight a few of the strategies from the workbook, how might postsecondary and higher education institutions:
Expand support for non-traditional students, especially as more and more people seek postsecondary qualifications and weave in and out of higher education to keep up with the changing nature of work?
Put knowledge in context to help students prepare for full and active participation in expert communities and networks?
Help people work in new ways, supporting institutional change by finding ways to encourage risk-taking and by providing employee incentives that align with new directions?
Turn to students for guidance, making sure to ground change efforts in what students and communities want and need?
Broaden the use of data to demonstrate the value of learning experiences, help students select experiences, and support students in monitoring the outcomes that are relevant to them?
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.