In that shining beacon of robust journalism, Fast Company, the future of education was again predicted:
Salim Ismail, a director at Singularity University, predicts education will become an “on-demand service” where people “pull down a module of learning” when they need it. Large bundles of knowledge, as in traditional courses, will be out. Specific will be in.
Eze Vidra, head of Google Entrepreneurs Europe says: “School kids will learn from short bite-sized modules, and gamification practices will be incorporated in schools to incentivize children to progress on their own.”
I left a comment (very much inflected by @1L2P’s talk) and wondered if you guys wanted to jump in the conversation with your thoughts?
Eze Vidra’s vision for the future is disappointing–I’d urge them to think deeper about goals for 21st century learning. Generally, folks agree those are interpersonal skills (knowing how to work with others) and intrapersonal skills (self-regulation, learning how to learn, instrinsic curiosity). Neither of those areas are tapped by “gamification” (ie behaviorism) or working on a series of problems someone else gives you (direct instruction).
Let’s dream bigger. What if learning looked like the web?