Future of Learning

Serious Insights Work on The Future of Learning

Read my Innocentive future of learning challenge response for the Economist Human Potential conference. Although it came in third, I hope readers will find value in its design recommendations. Click here to download the PDF.

Innocentive Future fo Learning

“On the behalf of everyone at InnoCentive, I want to thank you for your efforts in submitting a proposal on the InnoCentive Challenge # 9398884 – The Economist-InnoCentive Challenge on 21st Century Cyber Schools . I would first like to congratulate you on being one of the top 3 finalists for this Challenge, out of a pool of over 100 Solvers! ”


USG Future of Learning

A New Learning Models project
of the University System of Georgia

See the latest work from the University System of Georgia’s AfterNext program here. Read our scenarios about the future of learning and watch hours of video about scenario planning and the future of learning.


The Future of Learning – Sample Scenarios
scenarios future of learning
These scenarios are used to drive strategic dialog with clients around the future of learning. These brief descriptions will give you a sense for rich strategic dialog that will take place as you imagine your institution, your students, your faculty or the learning experience, over the next decade and plan for how you will navigate to a future where you can continue to fulfill your mission. Links follow each description to demonstrate how each scenario is unfolding simultaneously, and why planning for a single insufficient for planning in a world of uncertainties.

Corporate Lifeline

In order to continue to grow and innovate, corporations and alliances of smaller businesses put pressure on learning institutions to better align with their needs. This results in a much closer tie between business and education, a tie that results in a highly vocational approach to teaching and learning.

Time Out

Education generally takes the back seat to broader economic and political challenges of the next decade. The one major change in North America and Europe is an increasingly ideological curriculum, as education becomes more a form of indoctrination than enlightenment.

Subprime Learning

As the world reels from a third major wave of economic disruption, the mega-cities finally start to look more like prisons than testaments to sustainability, freedom, and power. Suburban communities increasingly take a stand on self-governance. Education plays an important, but subsistent role, teaching people just what they need to know to survive in this new world.

Open Learning

The walls have come down, the silos have shattered. Learning is not a childhood experience, but a life-long investment. People learn from an early age the value of learning, adaptation and how to navigate change. Learning is seen as the means to every end. Most people want to learn, and they use a combination of just-in-time learning, distance learning and mentoring to gain the knowledge they need to succeed.

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