Jillian Darwish

About Jillian Darwish

Dr. Jillian Darwish is Vice President, Organizational Development and Foresight (ODF), which works to build the capacity of groups to think and learn in new ways that support innovation and the creation of a world of learning. ODF carries out its work in three ways – creating innovative regional and national partnerships and programs; developing knowledge and resources for the future of learning, and designing strategic learning experiences.

Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem

Forecast 3_0

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. Continue reading

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Basketball, Backpacks and Personalized Learning

This type of data will help educators at all levels radically transform a one-size-fits-all system into a truly personalized experience for all learners. For a terrific in-depth discussion of this possibility and the current developments in this area, check out “Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles” the second paper in the DLN Smart Series that takes an in-depth look at the need to move away from traditional student records and transcripts to a mobile, digital solution that supports the shift to digital learning and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Continue reading

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Future Artifacts Come to Life

In the next few weeks, we will be releasing KnowledgeWorks’ third future forecast. (Look for it in your inbox or mail box, or check back here to request a copy!) In past publications, we described the emergence of a learning economy and amplified organization, which have begun to dissolve the tightly bound relationships and resource flows that used to deliver instruction, develop curriculum, perform assessment, grant credentials, and provide professional development. (See Udacity and Degreed as signals of these changes.) What we begin to see with this year’s publication is that those of us who are willing to experiment with the novel recombination of resources, talent, and technology will be able to design new and increasingly powerful learning opportunities to meet the needs of all learners in a more and more demanding world. Continue reading

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