Monday, 21 December 2015

Is your school ready for the future? Part 12/12

Education Readiness Review


 A readiness assessment is required to determine what is needed to create facilities that meet the perceived needs of future educational challenges.  Dr. Darren Cannell will be providing twelve review criteria that can and should be used to reviewing your facilities.  This exercise will  make sure your facilities will be ready for the future educational challenges as predicted by the latest educational research and teaching.
The concern of such an educational review is that it will support future challenges but will not dictate the direction of the educational changes.  The design and approach need to be such that it supports current practices but is versatile enough to accommodate the possible future changes and trends.  To effectively assess the readiness it becomes necessary to review the perceived future trends in educational technology and educational pedagogy and theory.   This review of the trends will have direct ramifications on the facilities and will require certain designs to accommodate these trends.

Dr. Darren Cannell is a consultant who does building assessments and staff training.  He can be contacted at 

dcannell5@gmail.com

The twelfth of the 12 trends is as follows:

Boundaries

The 21 years of age dictated by most departments of education as the cut-off age for interested parties to access high school education free in Canada is not something that should be a boundary in these facilities.  Anyone who realistically wishes to complete their high school education should be able to within these new facilities. 
The concept of grades should not be applied as rigorously as it is currently done within many educational facilities.  A learner should be working at the level at which they can achieve success.  Education should work in a step-by-step process that will allow the learner to fulfill all the objectives to achieve graduation at whatever rate fits their current lifestyle and goals.  Education should be available to students when they are ready to be educated.   

The flexibility of online learning, shared specialized curriculum, and technology are all elements that will make it easier to create individual programs to meet each unique learner’s cultural and learning needs.
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