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Future of Learning
From Educational Institutions to Learning Flows
About the Program
New technologies, new ecologies, and new practices are disrupting how we learn, what we learn, and where we learn. The definitions of teacher and student are fluid. Education is moving out of episodic experiences at traditional institutions like classrooms and schools into learning flows that course through our daily lives. You can dip in and out at your leisure, engaging in continuous educational channels that are contextually relevant and profoundly more effective. Opportunities and resources for learners are no longer scarce but abundant, pervasive rather than localized. Last year, IFTF’s Future of Learning program did a high-level survey of this new educational environment. This year we are going to the learners themselves.
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2014 Research Agenda
There is a cohort of “extreme learners” who are the trailblazers on the new learning landscape. For them, it’s not about the degree—the process is the product. These extreme learners are the people who design their own curricula from the massive open online course offerings of top universities. They join community laboratories and hackerspaces where they can get their hands dirty in ways not possible inside traditional lecture halls. They seek out mentors online and offline who can guide them in their learning, helping locate and curate the wisdom and resources required to achieve a desired outcome. They apply novel feedback mechanisms and the lessons of neuroscience to optimize their learning experiences, overclocking their brains for maximum capacity and utility. They have learned how to learn.
Right now, these extreme learners are at the fringes of the educational ecology. But they are illuminating the path for the rest of us. What they do, and how they do it, will shape the future of education. We want to understand who they are. We will conduct ethnographies to understand their practices, tools, and motivations. During the next year, we’ll develop insight into the implications of extreme learners on our workforce and our incumbent institutions. They have a lot to teach us.
Our research and forecasting networks can help your organization to:
- Anticipate opportunities for new products and service offerings
- Expand your network by interacting with global thought leaders, innovators, and IFTF researchers
- Think broadly to gain an “outside-in” perspective on long-term forces and trends shaping the future
- Gain agile positioning by questioning your assumptions and systematically considering alternative futures
- Reduce uncertainty and navigate risks by focusing on what’s most important in the new education landscape
- Jump-start strategic thinking by immersing you in future possibilities and identifying flexible long-term actions
Socialstructing Higher Education
In this short digital story, IFTF considers one set of possibilities for the future of education based on current signals and trends.
Redesigning Higher Education Summits
Based on the success of our 2012 “Redesigning Higher Education” workshop, participants in our March 2013 summit shared innovative approaches and projects and engaged in a Foresight to Insight to Action exercise to convert future visions into actionable strategies for their endeavors.
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