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Predictions for the Future of Education

Predictions for the Future of Education

GUEST POST from Chateau G Pato

The Education sector is rapidly evolving and no one is quite sure what the future holds. It’s clear that technology advancements and changes in the way we approach day-to-day learning are here to stay, but there are a few noteworthy trends that may indicate what the future may hold.

1. Moving to Online Learning

The increase in digital technology over the past decade has made the move to online learning inevitable. In recent years, many educational institutions have begun offering online courses or even entire degree programs. This is proving to be an incredibly popular option among students who may not otherwise have access to more traditional learning.

In Finland, the University of Jyväskylä has taken a unique approach to the online learning revolution. Rather than offering traditional classes, the university offers an “open university” platform, where students can learn from experts without actually enrolling in a course. This approach has proven to be successful, and it’s likely that more educational institutions will begin adopting this model.

2. Personalized Learning

As technology advances, so too do our abilities to offer personalized learning. Through tracking systems, teachers can customize lesson plans and course material to better suit each student’s individual needs. Not only does this ensure that each student gets the most out of their education, but it also allows educators to detect and address potential problems before they become serious.

The Walton Family Foundation, for example, is providing schools with the resources necessary to implement personalized learning strategies. This has proven to be a successful approach in some areas, and it’s likely that more educational institutions will begin adopting similar strategies in the near future.

3. Increased Attention on Social and Emotional Development

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the importance of social and emotional development in students. The prevalence of mental health issues among children and adolescents has forced educators to reassess their methods and approach the issue from a more holistic perspective.

In the United Kingdom, the government is currently working to ensure that social and emotional development is given the attention it deserves in the classroom. They are currently exploring ways to make sure that every school has access to the necessary resources and programs to ensure that students are emotionally and mentally supported.


These are just a few of the trends that may indicate what the future may hold when it comes to the education sector. As technology continues to develop and new methods are explored, we can only wait to see what the future of Education has in store.

Bottom line: Futurology is not fortune telling. Futurists use a scientific approach to create their deliverables, but a methodology and tools like those in FutureHacking™ can empower anyone to engage in futurology themselves.

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Failing Fast Leads to More Failure

Most Companies Fail at Innovation Because...One scary statistic is that 70% of change initiatives fail. An overwhelming proportion of new product launches fail. Most new businesses fail.

The sad fact is that failure is all around us.

Is this why so many organizations talk about a fear of failure being one of their major innovation stumbling blocks?

And, so what mantra do many innovation and growth gurus expound as a solution?

“We need to fail fast.”

“We need to fail forward.”

“We need to fail smart.”

So, the solution most innovation consultancies put forward to organizations already coping with the wide ranging effects of failure, is to tell their employees that they need to fail more.

Say what?

If you can’t tell already, I really hate the whole fail fast mantra. Can we kill it yet?

You don’t want to fail fast, you want to learn fast.

And so, if you switch to learning fast instead, the efforts of your employees should then become laser focused on identifying what you need to learn with each iteration, or each experiment.

And your focus should also then become all about how well you are instrumenting for the learning you are trying to achieve.

This is more consistent with failing forward, but WE ARE NOT FOCUSED ON FAILURE.

Focusing on failure, leads to failure. Failure becomes the expected outcome.

Instead, we are focused on learning fast, and we can learn equally well from success as we can from failure – if our learning instrumentation is good.

The way that you achieve success in change AND in innovation, is by working hard to move the potential causes of failure farther forward in the innovation or change project lifecycle so that you have an opportunity to either design the flaws or obstacles out, or communicate them out by forcing the tough conversations during your planning process (for change or innovation) — this comes before you even begin executing your plan.

You’ve got to surface the sources of resistance, the faulty assumptions, and the barriers to be overcome — early.

Then we build a plan focused not on quick wins, but on maintaining transparency and momentum throughout the change implementation.

You may have noticed that I use the terms innovation and change almost interchangeably (often in the same sentence). This is because innovation is all about change, and because many of the barriers to change inside organizations are the same barriers that innovators face.

As an answer to these challenges, I created the Change Planning Toolkit™ to help organizations beat the 70% change failure rate by providing a suite of tools that allow change leaders to make a more visual, collaborative approach to change efforts. At the center of the approach sits the Change Planning Canvas™, very visual, very collaborative ala Lean Startup to help you prototype and evolve your change approach before you ever begin. The toolkit comes with a QuickStart Guide and my latest book Charting Change was designed to ground people in the philosophies that will help them succeed with both little C change efforts (projects) and big C change efforts (digital transformations, mergers, acquisitions, INNOVATION, etc.).

So, stop bringing more failure into your organization, and instead bring the tools into your organization that will help you achieve more success!


The Experiment Canvas

To help everyone accelerate their learning and to achieve better success in their human-centered innovation efforts, I will be creating and licensing a Human-Centered Innovation Toolkit™ to innovation consultants and practitioners around the world. I have been sharing early elements with my clients and I’m proud to be able to give you all a valuable taste of the kinds of tools that will be in this toolkit when it launches later this year by providing advance access to the first free download – The Experiment Canvas™. Designed to be used iteratively, and to quickly capture in a visual, collaborative way (in similar fashion the Change Planning Toolkit™).

Download The Experiment Canvas™ as a 35″x56″ scalable FREE PDF poster download

If you’re not clear on what the Change Planning Toolkit™ can do for you, please join me Thursday, June 8th at 9am PDT on Twitter for an Ask Me Anything (aka #AMA) session on the Change Planning Toolkit™ using the hashtag #cptoolkit and well, ask me anything!

A future #AMA on the Human-Centered Innovation Toolkit™ is coming soon too!

Innovation Audit from Braden Kelley

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