Note: This post is the first in the nine-part series Teacherpreneurs Mentor Edupunks: Convergence Reshapes Teacher Preparation for Today and the Future and written in the vein of peering into Teaching 2030.
The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
–Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist
David Wiley, professor of psychology and instructional technology at Brigham Young University, chief openness officer of Flat World Knowledge, and founder of the Open High School of Utah, wrote the following in his blog post University Presidents on “Irrelevance”:
As part of our nation’s higher education institutions, teacher preparation programs must also evolve as a convergence of today’s trends and happenings point. As edupunks hack their own education, teacher preparation as we know it will change dramatically in content, context, and delivery by 2030, if it is to continue to exist at all. Along the way, we’ll see that Alvin Toffler’s words ring true in teacher candidates being prepared to learn, unlearn, and relearn, as must teacher educators and veteran teachers. And, it will be teacherpreneurs who navigate us to the future.
In a series of blog posts, let’s examine a few of the converging trends shaping teacher preparation today and where they may possibly lead in 2030:
- The Growth of Digital Literacies
- The Gamification of Education, App Development, and the Emergence of Mobile Learning
- Surgical Learning Analytics and Learning Playlists
- Learning Ecosystems, Geographic Imprints, and Localnomics
- OER, Open Teacher, and the Learning Architect
- Open Education, Equity, and the College Debt Bubble
- Looking to 2030: What’s at the End of the Telescope?