Responding to change has always been a part of life and learning. Looking ahead and preparing for the challenges can make the road a little less bumpy.

With the impending changes to how education can be delivered through the National Broadband Network (NBN) and predictions that education is as “susceptible to tech disruption as other information-centric industries such as the news media, magazines and journals, encyclopedias, music, motion pictures and television” (The Future of Higher Education, 2012) – it is vital for educators to think about new ways of teaching and learning.

“Over the next decade the NBN will change the way we teach online in our classrooms, in learners’ worksites and in homes. Technology is changing rapidly and the new broadband opportunities will bring many new innovations. To utilise these opportunities teachers need to be ready – by learning about new technologies and innovative ways of teaching using them. Teachers, therefore need to keep learning and up skilling.”
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This will require educators to ‘flip’ their approach to their teaching and their own learning to be able to facilitate disruptive and transformative learning experiences with their own learners.

The 10 global digital educational meta-trends, as identified in the New Media Consortium’s 2012 Retreat Communique, provide a good basis for understanding these disruptive educational changes.

  1. The world of work is increasingly global and increasingly collaborative.
  2. People expect to work, learn, socialize, and play whenever and wherever they want to.
  3. The Internet is becoming a global mobile network.
  4. The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based and delivered over utility networks facilitating the rapid growth of online videos and rich media.
  5. Openness — concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information.
  6. Legal notions of ownership and privacy lag behind the practices common in society.
  7. Real challenges of access, efficiency, and scale are redefining what we mean by quality and success.
  8. The Internet is constantly challenging us to rethink learning and education, while refining our notion of literacy.
  9. There is a rise in informal learning as individual needs are redefining schools, universities, and training.
  10. Business models across the education ecosystem are changing.

Deakin University’s ‘Live the Future: Agenda 2010” also acknowledges that the “digital frontier is the way of the future” and demonstrates how educational institutions are ‘repositioning’ themselves to be ready for “borderless and personalised relationship, creating the power and opportunities to live the future in a new world“.

These impending changes will mean educators need to improve their information and communication technology (ICT) skills to be able to design and facilitate learning experiences that better equip their learners for a life of learning in a rapidly changing, digital world.

To support this need, Vanguard Visions Consulting will bring a ‘flipped’ learning program for educators to Adelaide, South Australia in October. The ‘Designing Learning in the Digital Age’ program will combine face to face presentations and workshops with online webinars, forums and networking which will break the model in professional development for educators. This program is part of the ‘Digital Capability – Doing it Smarter’ program.

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Designing learning in changing times

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