Future learning environments - trends spotted by Kinnarps

ELISABETH SLUNGE

Welcome to Kinnarps Trend Report 2017. The third report in the series that identifies and analyses key changes in the world around us for different types of work, meeting, learning and training environments. This time the focus is on what these changes will mean for learning environments in the Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

ELISABETH SLUNGE, DIRECTOR, GLOBAL RANGE & COMMUNICATIONS

WHAT WILL SHAPE THE NORDIC COUNTRIES' FUTURE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS UP TO 2025?

10 FUTURE TRENDS IN LEARNING

Based on research, interviews and work in Kinnarps FutureLab, we have compiled ten major trends that will influence and shape the educational environments of the future up to 2025 in the Nordic countries. All of them involve technology, which both enables and challenges. People, who may be daunted by them, but who can also exploit the opportunities that they bring. And structures, which can support or limit their impact on society. Below is a short summary of each trend. The complete trend report provides a more detailed description and interesting issues relating to future learning environments. Register below to access the full report.

TREND 1

LEARN BNB. INVOLVING THE WHOLE PERSON IN THE LEARNING

Body language is a crucial part of how we communicate, and research indicates that people learn better through movement. That way, not only the brain but the entire body is engaged in the learning process. But people's ability to learn and the way they learn varies significantly. The learning environment must therefore be responsive and flexible.

TREND 2

FULLY SUSTAINABLE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS 

 

Sustainability means that all players take a long-term perspective. From the economy and the environment right down to the level of the individual. A fit body that puts the mind in the best possible position in a carefully considered learning environment will help make learning sustainable in the long term.

TREND 3

DIGILEARN. DIGITAL LEARNING

 

The digitalisation of schools has enabled interaction between sender and recipient. Now we are seeing new tools that can personalise learning, and learning can take place remotely in almost any location. The learning environment must allow the power of digital technology to be exploited, but it must also be capable of preventing distractions.

TREND 4

DIGITEACH. TEACHING IN A DIGITAL AGE

We are now seeing technology that really can change the role of the teacher in an ever more digital future. Teaching robots, artificial intelligence and digital transfer of teachers across geographical borders are no longer science fiction.

TREND 5 

MASS CUSTOMISATION. INDIVIDUALISED

Personalised study paths are in ever greater demand but, at the same time, educators need to ensure that their operations are financially viable. The answer: mass customisation. In other words, the mass production of (online) courses that respond to the student's requirements.

TREND 6

MAXIMISE EVERYTHING. SELF-FULFILMENT THROUGH THE CHILDREN

In the affluent society in which we live, parents fulfil themselves through their children – and are keen to protect them from anything that they perceive to be bad for them. And this also applies to demands placed on them at school. The attitude "the customer is always right" is now evident in schools, and is putting educational institutions under a great deal of pressure.

TREND 7

GLOBAL LEARNING NETWORK. NEW WAYS OF COLLABORATING AND LEARNING

As globalisation takes hold, courses, teachers and students may come from all over the world, forming new educational networks. The old hierarchies will be transformed: the young will teach the old and vice versa. We will meet without borders.

TREND 8

NEW REALITIES. MULTISENSORY LEARNING THROUGH VIRTUAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Ever more powerful computers are helping us construct alternative and indeed "better" realities, which will become powerful new tools in the classroom. We can also collect huge quantities of data on events that are taking place around us – information that can enhance and guide these resources.

TREND 9

NEW ECOSYSTEMS FOR LEARNING

Students are no longer content with their nearest school. Instead, they want to be associated with a particular group or approach to education. Businesses are also getting involved, establishing links with schools and students and creating entire ecosystems for learning.

TREND 10

FROM IQ TO SQ. THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL SKILLS

For a long time now, a high IQ has been a key factor in a person's success. Now, "social intelligence" is at least as important in the achievement of success. At the same time, creativity and the ability to innovate are essential, both in schools and in society as a whole.

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS? 

WE SEE TEN STRONG TRENDS THAT WILL CHANGE OUR WAY OF EDUCATING AND HOW LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS WILL LOOK. TRENDS WE HAVE COMPILED IN A SUBSTANTIAL TREND REPORT. REGISTER BELOW TO HAVE IT SENT TO YOU. 

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