A future-of-learning provocation

A participant from the first Re:frame + Re:charge playtests Google's Tilt Brush, a virtual reality prototyping tool available for the HTC Vive.

A participant from the first Re:frame + Re:charge playtests Google's Tilt Brush, a virtual reality prototyping tool available for the HTC Vive.

Consider this provocation from Viktor Venson about the future of learning:

Machines that help us to ask bigger questions > Machines that give us faster answers

Viktor shared this during the opening of the first Re:frame + Re:charge, a future-of-learning workshop (i.e., “reframing” what we think we know) combined with a leadership retreat (i.e., “recharging” by exploring strengths, teamwork, and purpose).

The event brought together a diverse mix of executives from PwC, Siemens Healthcare, Christiana Health, and Wellshire Farms; and educators from UPenn’s Fels Institute for Government, St. Joseph University's Arrupe Center for Business Ethics, Malvern Prep, and Woodberry Forest.

After playtesting different immersive technologies (VR, AR, MR) and inspired by Viktor’s provocation, the group eventually formulated several big questions. Here are just a few:

+ How might we ensure a pluralistic design mindset for immersive technologies? (For example, a virtual reality physics lesson based on IndyCar may appeal to a certain demographic, but not to another.  How do we design for both?)

+ How might we use virtual reality to bring non-neurotypical users into better engagement with neurotypical peers?

+ If we introduce immersive technologies, what commitments are we implicitly making? Are we prepared to do the change management necessary for immersive technologies to take root in a healthy manner?

Viktor went on to share a second provocation, and by the end of our time together the participants formulated a third provocation.

In fact if we do it properly, reframing our perspective on the future of learning means many more provocations to come.

 

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