The Expert Learners of Tomorrow
7 June 2009 2 Comments
In yet one more must-read post by Will Richardson he takes us back almost a decade to the writings of Tom Carroll speculating how we would design school buildings from scratch as learning spaces not classrooms. Will found many prescient ideas that are very relevant today. Will picked up this quote from Tom’s paper that also resonates strongly with me:
In the networked learning communities of the future, expert learners (we call them teachers, educators, scientists, and researchers today) are going to be recognized for their ability to learn and help others learn, as they continue to construct new knowledge and develop their own expertise. Their job will not be to teach – but to help others learn, as they model learning through collaboration to solve problems and achieve goals they have in common. (A significant part of the expert learner’s role will be organizing and managing the collaborative learning community.)
The only changes I would suggest is that we now know that is not only teachers, educators, scientists and researchers can change into expert learners. Just from those around me that I know well you can add librarians, social media strategists, bloggers and podcasters to the list. In fact, anyone in any discipline can become an expert learner. All they need is life experience, dedication and the communications skills to employ online social networking tools to encourage novice learners. Note that the dreaded work teacher drops from the lexicon and everyone is a learner, mirroring real life in the 21st Century.