Future Trends

Mapping the Learner Experience

No doubt you've heard the joke about the man lost driving through the countryside who asked the local farmer how to get to where he needs to go. Having done his best to explain the directions as best as he could, given the intricate state of the roads and [...]

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Back to the Future: Student-centred Learning in the 21st Century

I’ve formally worked as an educator for the best part of 30 years. During that time, I thought I’d done a pretty good job of adopting a student-centred approach to learning. However, as I’ve delved deeper into the literature, I’ve realised I’ve still [...]

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Why Making Paradigm Shifts is SO Hard

Moving from an industrial ‘might’ to an information ‘byte’ education system will require a Herculean effort – supported by listening, collaboration and an open mindset. The dominant paradigm has been in place for the best part of two centuries, but [...]

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The Paradigm Shift Needed in Education

I was first introduced to the term “paradigm shift” by Tom Peters and Bob Waterman in their classic business book “In Search of Excellence”. Shared Beliefs They argued that the rational model of business – a direct descendent of the scientific [...]

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Industrial Might to Information Bytes

As an educator, I love to learn, and I love sharing what I have learned. While conducting research on educational institutions and education pedagogies for this series of blogs, I came across a fascinating article by Peter Gray, a Research Professor of Psychology [...]

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Educating Knowledge Workers in the Info Age

The late Peter Drucker has been described as the founder of modern management. I still remember the title of his textbook “Practices of Management: Planning, Directing, Organising and Controlling” when I first studied management at university in the [...]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Moving Learning Online

One of the clear messages to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis is that education has changed forever. Single biggest pedagogical change in decades Private school principals, state education secretaries, and education consultancy CEO’s all agree. COVID-19 has [...]

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The rush to digital education is on…..finally

As a long-term advocate for the potential of digital technology to transform education, I’ve become increasingly frustrated by the slow pace that digital approaches have been adopted and integrated into education compared with other industries, particularly in [...]

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Calling all leaders – the environment needs you!

As a leadership and management commentator, I don’t normally blog about climate change and the environment. However, in my view today’s most pressing and complex leadership challenge is climate change and the environment. The world needs leaders from all walks [...]

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The Last Byte of Innovation at Apple?

If you’ve been on a Christmas/New Year break like me, you may have missed the news that Apple issued its first profit warning in 16 years due to a fall in forecasted revenue in China. Ostensibly, the reason is the slowdown in China’s economic growth. [...]

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