From Place to Service

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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).

FactorFromToTo
ResponsibilityParentsStateIndividuals/parents
ExpectationsSocial reproductionSuccess for allIndividual choice
AspirationsPractical sillsDisciplinary knowledgeLearning how to learn
ContentBooksTextbookLearning objects
PedagogyApprenticeshipDidacticismInteraction
AssessmentObservationTestingEmbedded assessment
GroupingMixed-ageAge cohortsIndividual progress
LocationHomeSchoolAnywhere
CultureAdult culturePeer cultureMixed-age culture
RelationshipsPersonal bondsAuthority figuresSocial 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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