In his MindShift article, David Price (author of OPEN: How We’ll Work, Live And Learn In The Future) considers what open learning systems – as productivity and innovation drivers – would look like for educators:
Open learning systems apply the same learning principles to their professionals as they do to their students. They understand that the only sustainable transformation in education has to be owned by the people who have to implement it: teachers. They have high expectations of the profession’s capacity to learn through transparent, shared practice, and of their ability to rise to additional responsibilities. They have the humility to accept that learning now happens everywhere, anytime, and they work hard to integrate informal learning into the formal environment.
David goes on to describe the following common characteristics shared by open learning systems in the workplace and in the formal learning space:
- They place an emphasis upon innovation through collaboration.
- Open learning systems should have low-entry barriers and be inclusive, welcoming diversity.
- Open learning systems need to promote the freedom to innovate, and therefore the freedom to fail.
- Most importantly, they prioritize autonomy and trust.