The Future of Learning, Networked Society

I wish I had one hundred dollars for every time someone said to me …”this is the future of learning.”

As much as I value money, I value the ideas more and this version of “the future” is full of great thoughts and ideas on what’s next  …The Future of Learning, Networked Society

“[I’m] trying to mend the world through learning” Stephen Heppell

I think many educators feel the charge that Stephen is expressing.

Why do we need new learning options??

Every day is a surprise, learning prepares you to cope with surprises. Traditional education prepares you to cope with certainty, there is no certainty. We shouldn’t expect learners to adapt to complex bureaucratic system, the systems should adapt to the learners.

What is broken??

Faculty models of education. We process hundreds of people through programs that match “x” exactly. This is antiquated when pitted against our needs today. We don’t have a shortage of factory workers anymore. We have a shortage of system thinkers. People who can adapt to ambiguous situations and solve complex problems.

So what??

Learners should be encouraged to always find the answers for themselves, they will retain knowledge better than if they are told the answer and asked to memorize it. AND they will learn important skills …like finding answers. That is motivating and engaging and will drive them to learn more and find more answers.

So how do we get there??

We need to collect data and analyze the detail of what is happening in the learning environment and through the learning process so that we can improve our ability to learn – if we can analyze our health and well-being through technology, our sports through technology and networks, soon we will be analyzing our learning as well.

If we have this “data” we can create learning events based on what you know and how you learn best. With discrete data on how you learn, education designers can offer lessons at the right time and also predict failure in advance and prevent it from happening See Knewton


  1. Assessment of what we do, every day.
  2. Create personalized, individualized learning environments based on data about how your audience learns best.
  3. Design education that teaches us how to solve interesting problems rather than memorizing answers to problems we have already solved.

Challenge: Going virtual and increasing the network. Face to face physical experience lacks a virtual substitute that is equally effective.