The New Era of Learning
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The New Era of Learning
The direction in which learning is going: personalized, self-directed, grounded in the real world, and blurring the lines between age groups, teachers/students, formal/informal, etc. It taps into people's instincts and desires for play, creativity and meaning. I'm hoping to eventually incorporate this content into a robust web site that will serve as a compendium on this topic.
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Sir Ken Robinson (author, TED speaker, education and creativity expert)

Sir Ken Robinson (author, TED speaker, education and creativity expert) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
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Popular TED speaker Ken Robinson calls for a creative revolution in education. From his book "Out of Our Minds":

"In a world of rapid change, companies and organizations have to be adaptable as circumstances change and be able to develop new products and services as new opportunities emerge. Most people occasionally have a new idea. For companies that isn’t enough. To remain competitive, they need to develop cultures where creativity is a habit and innovation is routine."

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Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World: Tony Wagner

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

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I was recently told that this is one of the best books out there about the value of play. Not having read it yet, I will just include an excerpt from the top-rated review:

"But perhaps Wagner's greater contribution is to the broader dialogue of what it means to an educated adult in the 21st century. Building on his outstanding work in The Global Achievement Gap, Wagner goes beyond the now common calls for so-called 21st century skills (a term he never used) to explain how every young person must develop the capacities to solve problems creatively--to innovate. His profiles offer insights into what parents, teachers, mentors can do to nurture and develop these capacities in young people. Finally, Wagner contributes an invaluable perspective to the raging debate about the value of a college education. His description of the contradiction between the culture of schooling versus the culture of learning that develops the dispositions of an innovator is a unique insight--which is made all the richer by his exploration of some radically new approaches to teaching and learning in college."

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A Cambrian moment (in tech start-ups) and its implications

A Cambrian moment (in tech start-ups) and its implications | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
ABOUT 540M YEARS ago something amazing happened on planet Earth: life forms began to multiply, leading to what is known as the “Cambrian explosion”. Until then...
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There's been an explosion of people around the world using software building blocks to create innovative start-ups -- essentially just an extension of childhood play. Also notes that two-thirds of millenials are interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

 

From the article: "Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, calls this “combinatorial innovation”. In a way, these startups are doing what humans have always done: apply known techniques to new problems. The late Claude Lévi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, described the process as bricolage(tinkering)." (Reminiscent of Einstein referring to his work as "combinatorial play.")

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The Future of Hiring and Recruiting, Circa 2020-2025

The Future of Hiring and Recruiting, Circa 2020-2025 | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

"Maximizing personal growth and job satisfaction in the short term will maximize compensation in the long term."

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Two of his predictions in particular have implications for the type of education that will offer the most value: Assessment accuracy emerges from the dark ages, and The elimination of skills-infested job descriptions ("Skills, academics and job experiences don't predict on-the-job performance. By proving that candidates are competent and motivated to do the actual work required under the actual circumstance, you’ll discover they have the exact level of skills, experiences and academics required.")

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Hierarchy Is Overrated

Hierarchy Is Overrated | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Flat structures work, and work better.
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How self-direction can extend to work situations.

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Innovation Excellence | Don’t Hire Experience, Hire Learners

Innovation Excellence | Don’t Hire Experience, Hire Learners | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
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If an industry is not static, managers are better off hiring based on who can learn best, rather than who has the most experience.

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The onrushing wave (the future of jobs, and implications for skill acquisition)

The onrushing wave (the future of jobs, and implications for skill acquisition) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
IN 1930, when the world was “suffering…from a bad attack of economic pessimism”, John Maynard Keynes wrote a broadly optimistic essay, “Economic...
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There are many implicit assumptions in this article; good to take it all with a grain of salt. But this jumps out: "A 2013 paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, of the University of Oxford, argued that jobs are at high risk of being automated in 47% of the occupational categories into which work is customarily sorted. That includes accountancy, legal work, technical writing and a lot of other white-collar occupations." 


Meanwhile, there may be a growth in demand for jobs that are emotional and relational, i.e., that computers can't (yet) replace.

 

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What Motivates Employees (and Learners)

What Motivates Employees (and Learners) | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
A Harvard Business School professors says employee motivation comes from "Opportunity for Positive Impact" more than money.
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Another way the worlds of work and learning align. The most powerful motivators for employees (and students) are not external rewards (money or grades), but mastery, membership and meaning. (Regarding membership: ""Create community by honoring individuality," she says.)

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IFTF: Future Work Skills 2020

Predicting jobs in the future is tricky, but we can foresee broad trends in the types of skills that will be needed.

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"To be successful in the next decade, individuals will need to demonstrate foresight in navigating a rapidly shifting landscape of organizational forms and skill requirements. They will increasingly be called upon to continually reassess the skills they need, and quickly put together the right resources to develop and update these. Workers in the future will need to be adaptable lifelong learners. ... The landscape has changed and educational institutions should consider how to adapt quickly in response."

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