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METATRENDS ACTING ON THE WORLD OF EDUCATION

In January one hundred educators from around the globe were invited to Austin, Texas to mark the tenth anniversary of the New Media Consortium Horizon Project, and reflect on no less than the future of education. A Communique from the event listed 10 Major Trends that are having an impact on education globally. They were:


1. The world of work is increasingly global and increasingly collaborative.


The Need for MoC (Management of Collaboration) as an Answer.


2. **People expect to work, learn, socialize, and play whenever and wherever they want to.**

3. The Internet is becoming a global mobile network — and already is at its edges.

4. The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based and delivered over utility networks,

5. Openness — concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions
of transparency and easy access to data and information — is moving from a trend to a
value for much of the world.

6. Legal notions of ownership and privacy lag behind the practices common in society.

7. Real challenges of access, efficiency, and scale are redefining what we mean by quality and success.

8. The Internet is constantly challenging us to rethink learning and education, while refining
our notion of literacy.

9. There is a rise in informal learning as individual needs are redefining schools, universities,
and training.

10. Business models across the education ecosystem are changing.


More detail explaining each of these metatrends is available on the page about that trend.

WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE TRENDS ON THE GROUND?

What I am particularly interested in, and which is the reason for this wiki is how do these trends translate into reality? What are the implications for each of these trends in your institution? What are you doing already to accommodate these trends? Or, what could you do to accommodate them? I invite you to add your thoughts on these questions on the relevant page. I have attempted to create a structure that might assist you in adding to this wiki, but feel free to ignore the headings and structure I have suggested and just add your contributions below the tables. - Michael Coghlan