From Place to Service
The shift from print-based learning to digital learning is a big deal, but more fundamental is the shift from institution-centric education to student-centered learning.
Rich Halverson spoke about Rethinking Education at SREB last month. Below is a list adapted from Rich’s book about the10 shifts that change everything (a summary ended up in Getting Smart, now on Amazon).
|Expectations||Social reproduction||Success for all||Individual choice|
|Aspirations||Practical sills||Disciplinary knowledge||Learning how to learn|
|Grouping||Mixed-age||Age cohorts||Individual progress|
|Culture||Adult culture||Peer culture||Mixed-age culture|
|Relationships||Personal bonds||Authority figures||Social networks|
(Adapted from Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology, Collins & Halverson)
The 10 shifts describe, at a high level, the emerging user experience. But it’s also interesting to think about the implications for delivery. Last week at the Policy Innovators in Education conference I described it as the shift from school as place to learning as a service.
Rick Hess (who was on the same PIE-Net panel) calls it unbundling the schoolhouse. Six months ago I wrote about the 10 dimensions of school as a service and I think it still does a reasonable job of describing the emerging SaaS architecture.
For most students, learning rooted in a place will remain important. In addition to a connection to a social fabric, a place called school offers integration and application opportunities, connection to community services, and extracurricular activities. Good schools add a valuable intangible asset—a culture of potential and achievement.
As learning becomes a collection of blended services (some online, some onsite), we will need to invent new ways of creating culture and coherence–for learners of all ages.
Also see: Smart World
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