The Future Learning Ecosystem

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
9:00 - 9:50 AM
Room 1

Globalization, social media, ever-increasing computing power, and the proliferation of low-cost advanced technologies have created a level of worldwide complexity and rapid change never before seen. To remain competitive in this environment, today’s workers, military members, and civil servants require an expanded set of competencies, higher levels of nuanced skills such as critical thinking and emotional intelligence, and more efficient and agile pathways to expertise. Achieving these outcomes depends, at least in part, on enhancing our learning ecosystem. This includes, for instance, identifying new ways to empower our personnel to learn anytime/anywhere, enhancing the quality of learning delivered, and better tailoring learning experiences to individuals’ needs.

Towards this end, this talk outlines a vision for the future of learning, painting a picture of the “art of the possible” and proposing a roadmap that outlines five enabling conditions needed to achieve this future vision.

The conditions include:

  1. Cultivate ubiquitous learner-centric, technology-enabled instruction
  2. Build upon the foundations of data-driven learning
  3. Foster a learning culture at the organizational level
  4. Encourage and empower social learning
  5. Draw upon deliberate practices and the evidence-based body-of-knowledge from learning science.

Enacting any one of these conditions will pose significant challenges, and particular science or technology gaps associated with each condition create additional hurdles. Nonetheless, the time is right, in terms of understanding and demand, to take action to modernize and improve the wider, integrated, lifelong learning system!

Dr. Sae Schatz, Director, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative

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