Thinking about the future often leads to thrilling “a-ha” moments. Uncertainties and possibilities can come together to form new ideas about what might be to come. However, after the “a-ha” comes the most important question: “What now?”
KnowledgeWorks’ newest publication, Navigating the Future of Learning: A Strategy Guide, aims to help education stakeholders answer that question for themselves. The publication, a synthesis of two workshops with learners, leaders, innovators and influencers from across the education landscape, provides a framework for taking action with the future in mind. KnowledgeWorks’ 2018 forecast provided new ideas about the future learning, and this strategy guide provides next steps.
The publication is organized around five opportunity areas meant to help stakeholders respond to changes outlined in the forecast and shape the future of learning.
- Civic Engagement for the Smart Age: How might we activate inclusive forms of civic engagement aligned with the realities of the twenty-first century?
- A Learning Lifestyle: How might we integrate schools into their environments to make learning a joyful, lifelong practice for all learners?
- Systemic Interdependence: How might we forge structural partnerships within education and across sectors for the benefit of all?
- Smart Technologies for All: How might we ensure the ethical use of smart technologies in education?
- Many Selves, Many Stories: How might we value students’ lived experiences and identities to help them craft purpose-driven pathways that motivate ongoing, engaged learning?
For each opportunity area, the strategy guide goes on to provide three suggested strategies and associated tactics. For example, these suggestions will support stakeholders in considering ways to supercharge student leadership, build trust between educators and communities, expand the capacity of schools and education institutions to partner with other community organizations, establish digital rights and teach for self-discovery and healing.
Though we cannot know exactly what the future holds, we can develop a vision for learning and set a course toward it that accounts for the changes that may occur along the way. By translating our insights into action, we can bridge the future and the present and work to create the best possible experiences for every learner.