Most learning today is closed and antisocial. Textbooks and bubble sheets are inherently antisocial. Most content and information systems are proprietary, they are expensive and they don’t work together. School architecture discourages collaboration; teachers don’t have much opportunity to work together; students only occasionally have a chance to learn together.
Most learning five years from now will be open and social. There will be 10 shifts from
- proprietary to open content
- buying print to buying assessment services
- one teacher to online professional learning communities
- organic and unsearchable to multi-tagged content
- lessons to pathways (linked learning experiences)
- one way learn to multiple strategies (games, tutorials, video, etc)
- classes to social learning groups
- grades to instant feedback and online recognition
- student as recipient to student as collaborator, tutor, author, and presenter
- differentiated and distributed roles for learning professionals
Open social learning will facilitated by an ecosystem of apps on and services around a platform. These ecosystems will be facilitated by public demand aggregation—a handful cities or states with 2 or 3 million students. They will be funded by a blend of philanthropic and private capital. They will extend learning and make it more engaging and more efficient.