I recently attended a conference on the future of education, hosted by Skillshare. Skillshare is helping to facilitate lifelong learning by helping anyone with knowledge, skills and passion, to teach. “Our vision is to democratize learning by empowering teaching. To build a world where you can learn anything from anyone.”
The Skillshare Penny Conference asked the speakers, “If you could reinvent education for the 21st century, what would it look like and how would you build it?
Here is a summary of what many of the speakers had to say:
Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO & Co–founder of Skillshare
- Learning can happen anywhere
- We learn by doing, asking and making
- Anyone can become a teacher
- We need to share education resources
- School is all about individual GPA. It should be about teamwork
- School is about specialization. Innovation needs to cross discipline boundaries.
- School is highly risk adverse. Innovation requires fail early and fail often.
- Learning is a profoundly passive experience in most schools. That is why we are good consumers but not innovators.
- We rely on extrinsic motivators where intrinsic are much more important