Redesigning Education Workshop
Hacking the Future of Education
In the spring of 2012, the Institute for the Future had the opportunity to partner with Autodesk and Georgia Tech's Center for 21st Century Universities for an energetic day-long session exploring the new thinking that is emerging in the rapidly shifting higher education space.
A rich spectrum of viewpoints was explored by participants, from Will Wright on the future of games and education, to Howard Rheingold on new tools for self-directed learning and Jason Rosoff of Khan Academy on the implications of the explosion in online content. One of the best things about these kinds of events is the sparks that are created when the ideas of sharp, passionate people are put together in one place. For sessions like these, IFTF often relies on a graphic recorder, an artist who listens and creates a larger-than-life real-time visual record of the conversation.
Even for those not originally in attendance, these records can bring ideas together in powerful new ways, often reviving reviving some of those original sparks of the session at a glance. At the same time, they also can reward more in depth exploration. In the notes attached here, it is possible to follow the course of the discussion as participants first offered a few words to describe themselves and then immersed into a series of presentations from those looking at educational innovation in many different ways.
As we move into a period of massive disruption in higher education, it is encouraging to see the level of innovative thinking that is taking shape in this area.