A Review of the forward thinking education publication, “Modernizing Learning – Building the Future Learning Ecosystem”
According to U.S. Department of Education’s 2015 estimate, over 5.8 million students enrolled in “distant education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions.”
As a matter of fact, online education has been rapidly growing for over a decade to allow universal access and usage of digital technologies to expand lessons and talent management development for 21st Century competencies.
Modernizing Learning now available for free download in PDF format, emphasizes “future learning ecosystem” defined as a transformation from traditional learning practices to “curated lifelong learning tailored to individuals and delivered across diverse locations, media and period of time.” Modernizing Learning provides a blueprint for connecting learning experiences across time and space for Government, Military, Academia, K-12 teachers, and more.
The text, produced by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Distribution Learning arm, notes historical and cultural changes in the learning sphere from an industrial model to an information model that may require organizational shifts, new assessment methods, and delivery vehicles. Several change models, an implementation plan, and strategic planning are presented as a path forward to this new learning environment.
Some helpful tips to consider if you are planning to upgrade your learning modules for 21st Century competencies include defining standards, specifications, vocabularies, and governance strategy. This comprehensive resource for workforce trainers, instructional designers, and teachers also explores data security and learner privacy within applications, especially social networking, data sharing, and data collection that may result in tracking a student’s progress.
The authors conclude that automation, data analytics, and interdisciplinary stewardship will continue in the learning ecosystem for years into the future.
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