The Learning Democracy is starting to take hold and it is being led by "free radicals" (those who take their careers into their own hands) a term coined by Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance. Check out this great FastCompny article by Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO of Skillshare - Does The Online Education Revolution Mean The Death Of The Diploma? Here are a few tidbits from the article . . .
- "What we’re witnessing is a bottom-up revolution in education: Learners, not institutions, are leading innovation."
- "Students are taking responsibility for their own learning, and the lines between student and teacher are blurring. Learners can determine their strengths and weaknesses and connect with one another to help and teach each other based on their areas of expertise . . ."
- ". . . everything’s going digital, and top learning institutions are offering their courses for free on the Internet."
- Formal learning environments are crumbling, and learners are finding their own paths to knowledge through independent thinking and experience in the real world. Teachers are figuring out how to teach each student the way he or she learns best."
- "Lady Gaga’s Empowerment Foundation, supported by Harvard University, is helping students discover their interests and develop strategies best suited to their own, individual future plans."
- "The more people are culling unassociated resources and experiences to learn specific skills, the more urgent it is for there to be a place for them to record their efforts and success, to study with peers, and to present their learning portfolios to future employers or partners in a meaningful way."
- "The education paradigm of the future is all about the doers . . ."
- The new anti-resume: companies lik "Skillshare, as well as Kickstarter, Mzinga, and The Unreasonable Institute refuse resumes from job applicants. Links are the new CVs, portfolios aren’t just for artists anymore, and experience reigns."
- "The most important skill we’ll have in a world where 50% of people see self-employment as more secure than having a full-time job is the ability to go out and get the right knowledge for the right purpose at the right time."
The future is now, and it includes more learner responsibility, influence, autonomy, choice of medium, and learning personalization. Bring it on!