KnowledgeWorks has released the third edition of its education forecast that posits a future where education stakeholders will have greater and easier access to entrepreneurial capital and support, where existing educators will redefine their professional roles to match their strengths and where career pathways across professions will rely less on credentialing from specific institutions and more on a lifetime of acquired skills and certifications.
“Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem,” continues the research that KnowledgeWorks first released in 2005. This latest publication was created in collaboration with Saveri Consulting and with input from the Institute for the Future.
With an eye toward catalyzing new ways of thinking and acting that will radically increase the chances for all learners to thrive in our rapidly changing world, KnowledgeWorks has explored trends shaping the future of learning through its three forecasts and related resources.
As KnowledgeWorks’ first two forecasts anticipated, teaching and learning have become uncoupled from traditional educational institutions and are available through and enhanced by a vibrant learning ecosystem.
“The forecast aims to help respond to disruptions of the coming decade with creativity rather than fear to prepare learners for an uncertain future,” said Jillian Darwish, Knowledge-Works’ vice president for Organizational Development and Foresight.
Darwish led the work along with Senior Director Katherine Prince Grimsley.
“At KnowledgeWorks, we hold a steadfast commitment to igniting challenging, inspiring and disruptive conversations as a means of catalyzing new ways of thinking and acting that radically increase the chances for all learners to thrive in our rapidly changing world,” Darwish said.
Prince Grimsley sees teaching and learning as going through a similar transformation as other knowledge-based industries such as publishing and says that it’s important that learning institutions are prepared for change.
“We’ll be able to put the pieces together in a new combinations that make best use of what we can do today while ensuring that we meet our collective goal of preparing all learners to thrive tomorrow,” she said.
Chris Tebben, executive director for Grantmakers for Education, said the forecast is a useful tool for those interested in the future of education and wanting to make sense of trends.
“This forecast is a wonderful next step in helping serve the field well at this stage in the work,” Tebben said. “The examples provide a clear and compelling picture of the trends shaping the future of learning.”
Education advocate Tom Vander Ark, who often speaks about the shift to personal and digital learning, said “Forecast 3.0” affirms the fact that the future of learning will be more personalized and dynamic.
KnowledgeWorks CEO Brian Ross said “Forecast 3.0” is a guide of sorts for the organization, allowing KnowledgeWorks to continue to innovate in education and affect positive change on the ground.
He said prior forecasts have led the organization to investigate innovative, more effective learning strategies such as project-based learning and blended/digital learning.
“Since we started examining trends shaping the future of education and learning in 2005, we have seen both tremendous innovation and tremendous challenge,” Ross said.
“We expect both to continue over the coming decade. But we also expect that the degree to which the next 10 years are shaped by innovation or hampered by challenge will largely reflect the choices that we all make today.”