Last updated on 3/26/21


Learning from the Living [Class] Room

A powerful, global, next-generation learning platform -- meant to help people reinvent themselves quickly, safely, cost-effectively, conveniently, & consistently!!!

Cloud-based learner profiles could be hugely helpful in relaying our learning preferences and past experiences, credentials, courses, programs taken, etc. -- from a variety of sources

Some recent items to consider:

  • "Perhaps most significant, this trend represents employers stepping in to fill the skills gap and build learning options to create the digital workforce of the future. It’s clear that these employer-issued credentials are becoming a major part of the broader, significant trend toward skills-based hiring—and alternative, non-degree pathways into careers and professional advancement. Why now? Because online education is now mainstream, and online platforms make it easier for employers to offer education on their own if they wish, separate from the traditional higher education enterprise. And, many companies can’t wait for higher education institutions to develop the shorter term credential programs employers need." (source)

In 2021, it's all about rapid skill building at scale. This image links to the 20-21 Workplace Learning Report

 

  • In fact, the number one thing teens would change about college is the price tag. Their second top concern is making sure the path they take directly connects them to a future career. (source)

  • Given the expected concentration of job growth in high-wage occupations and declines in low-wage occupations, the scale and nature of workforce transitions required in the years ahead will be challenging, according to our research. Across the eight focus countries, more than 100 million workers, or 1 in 16, will need to find a different occupation by 2030 in our post-COVID-19 scenario, as shown in Exhibit 4. This is 12 percent more than we estimated before the pandemic, and up to 25 percent more in advanced economies (Exhibit 4). (MckInsey & Co. 2/18/21)

  • We are confronted less often with the traditional 18-year-old learner and increasingly with the 60-year learner -- students who return repeatedly through their career seeking upskilling and wholly new competencies. These students need just-in-time learning that addresses the changing needs of employers and entrepreneurs in an AI-rich environment. (source)

Here are a handful of other relevant quotes.



Consider the graphic below.

In the future, we won't just be able to find movies or shows, but rather, we will also be able to quickly locate up-to-date, relevant learning-related content and participate in highly-practical, learning-related experiences.


And check out what Adobe is already doing via Behance! (Feb 2021 | See this 2/15/21 posting on my Learning Ecosystems blog for further information.)





And check out what they are doing now with radio stations! So...what can be done with learning-related streams of content?!

Radio Dot Garden -- If they can do this with radio stations, what can be done with learning-related streams of content?!

 


Also, consider the type of service/value being offered in the graphic below...

...and that such a service/offering/value will likely be constantly available on a next-gen learning platform — i.e., scanning open job descriptions and presenting the top/"hottest" occupations/skills/employers...and then offering the relevant courses, modules, webinars, local learning hubs, discussion forums, etc. that will teach you the necessary skills to land those jobs (similar to what is shown in the above grapic involving justwatch.com or suppose.tv and what those vendors are providing for the entertainment industry).

 

 

Some learning-related sites/services are already heading this way...

 

MasterClass -- learn anytime, anywhere, at your own pace -- this image has pictures of knowledgeable people in their fields

 

MasterClass -- learn anytime, anywhere, at your own pace -- from the experts

 

 

Learning from the Living Class Room

 


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What does the vision entail?


  • A new, global, collaborative learning platform that offers more choice, more control to learners of all ages – 24x7 – and could become the organization that futurist Thomas Frey discusses here with Business Insider:
  • "I've been predicting that by 2030 the largest company on the internet is going to be an education-based company that we haven't heard of yet," Frey, the senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute think tank, tells Business Insider.
  • A learner-centered platform that is enabled by – and reliant upon – human beings but is backed up by a powerful suite of technologies that work together in order to help people reinvent themselves quickly, conveniently, and extremely cost-effectively
  • A customizable learning environment that will offer up-to-date streams of regularly curated content (i.e., microlearning) as well as engaging learning experiences
  • Along these lines, a lifelong learner can opt to receive an RSS feed on a particular topic until they master that concept; periodic quizzes (i.e., spaced repetition) determine that mastery. Once mastered, the system will ask the learner as to whether they still want to receive that particular stream of content or not.
  • A Netflix-like interface to peruse and select plugins to extend the functionality of the core product
  • An AI-backed system of analyzing employment trends and opportunities will highlight those courses and “streams of content” that will help someone obtain the most in-demand skills
  • A system that tracks learning and, via Blockchain-based technologies, feeds all completed learning modules/courses into learners’ web-based learner profiles
  • A learning platform that provides customized, personalized recommendation lists – based upon the learner’s goals
  • A platform that delivers customized, personalized learning within a self-directed course
  • (meant for those content creators who want to deliver more sophisticated courses/modules while moving people through the relevant Zones of Proximal Development)
  • Notifications and/or inspirational quotes will be available upon request to help provide motivation, encouragement, and accountability – helping learners establish habits of continual, lifelong-based learning
  • An online-based marketplace, matching learners with teachers, professors, and other such Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • Direct access to popular job search sites
  • Direct access to resources that describe what jobs are out there and what other companies do/provide; ideally, resources would provide accurate descriptions of any particular company’s culture (as described by current and former employees and freelancers)
  • Integration with one-on-one tutoring services

 


Ideally, the learner is using two displays simultaneously:


While basic courses will be accessible via mobile devices, the optimal learning experience will leverage two or more displays/devices. So while smaller smartphones, laptops, and/or desktop workstations will be used to communicate synchronously or asynchronously with other learners, the larger displays will deliver an excellent learning environment for times when there is:
  • A Subject Matter Expert (SME) giving a talk or making a presentation on any given topic
  • A need to display multiple things going on at once, such as:
    • The SME(s)
    • An application or multiple applications that the SME(s) are using
    • Content/resources that learners are submitting in real-time (think Bluescape, T1V, Prysm, other)
    • The ability to annotate on top of the application(s) and point to things w/in the app(s)
    • Media being used to support the presentation such as pictures, graphics, graphs, videos, simulations, animations, audio, links to other resources, GPS coordinates for an app such as Google Earth, other
    • Other attendees (think Google Hangouts, Skype, Polycom, or other videoconferencing tools)
    • An (optional) representation of the Personal Assistant (such as today’s Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, etc.) that’s being employed via the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

     


This new learning platform will also feature:
  • Voice-based commands to drive the system (via Natural Language Processing (NLP))
  • Language translation (using techs similar to what’s being used in Translate One2One, an earpiece powered by IBM Watson)
  • Speech-to-text capabilities to provide real-time closed captioning and transcriptions -- as well as for use w/ chatbots, messaging, inserting discussion board postings
  • Text-to-speech capabilities as an assistive technology and also for everyone to be able to be mobile while listening to what’s been typed
  • Chatbots
    • For learning how to use the system
    • For asking questions of – and addressing any issues with – the organization owning the system (credentials, payments, obtaining technical support, etc.)
    • For asking questions within a course to obtain information -- such as asking questions of a historical figure
    • As many profiles as needed per household
  • Similar to asking questions of a chatbot, we will be able to use holographic storytelling where learners can ask questions of a hologram (examples here and here)
  • The ability to use the learner's webcam to take pictures of equations in order to get instant feedback and/or links to other resources
  • Polling
  • (Optional) Machine-to-machine-based communications to automatically launch the correct profile when the system is initiated (from one’s smartphone, laptop, workstation, and/or tablet to a receiver for the system)
  • (Optional) Voice recognition to efficiently launch the desired profile
  • (Optional) Facial recognition to efficiently launch the desired profile
  • (Optional) Upon system launch, to immediately return to where the learner previously left off
  • The capability of the webcam to recognize objects and bring up relevant resources for that object
  • A built in RSS feed aggregator – or a similar technology – to enable learners to tap into the relevant “streams of content” that are constantly flowing by them
  • Social media dashboards/portals – providing quick access to multiple sources of content and whereby learners can contribute their own “streams of content”
  • A twist on the flipped classroom approach, whereby students can check out videos of equations, problems, etc. and put in their "markers" with accompanying comments throughout the videos, alerting the SMEs where they have questions, comments, and/or issues
In the future, new forms of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) will be integrated into this new learning environment – providing entirely new means of collaborating with one another.



Videos*:


* These videos were made in October 2013. I would like to especially thank Mr. Steven Niedzielski (@Marketing4pt) and Mr. Sam Beckett (@SamJohnBeck) for their assistance and some of the graphics used in making these videos.




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However, this vision/idea goes back much further than the date listed on the
graphic below -- and the pieces continue to come together!

Learning from The Living [Class] Room