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Education 3.0: Learning Anywhere, Anytime

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Education 3.0 is the next generation of education and the radical step enabled by the advancements in information and communication technology. Prof. Derek W. Keats argues that institutions must respond quickly to remain relevant and that higher education leaders must be aware of what’s happening, the speed of evolution, and know how to prepare their institutions.

Keats outlines how education has progressed: Education 1.0 is a one-way process between instructor and students. Education 2.0 uses Web 2.0 technologies to create more interactive education (but likely within the constraints of Education 1.0). And Education 2.0 is laying the groundwork for Education 3.0, which breaks down most boundaries within education to create a more free and open system focused on learning.

Keats shares three important aspects of Education 3.0:

  1. Students make choices different than those available today.
  2. Students are producers of reusable learning content (abundantly available under licenses that permit students to freely share and create derivative works).
  3. Institutional arrangements credit the learning achieved, not just courses taught.
Evolution chart of education 3.0

This chart shows the various views and roles as the industry transforms from Education 1.0 to Education 3.0 (source: 8 Characteristics Of Education 3.0)

Developing from Education 1.0…

In The genesis and emergence of Education 3.0 in higher education and its potential for Africa, Keats defines the three generations of education:

Education 1.0 is largely a one-way process. Students attend university to get education from professors who might teach by lecturing with notes, handouts, textbooks, videos, and in the Web. Students consume the information resources delivered to them; if students engage in activities based on those resources, they usually engage by themselves or in isolated local groups. Rarely do results of those activities loop back to the information resources students consume in carrying out those activities out.

Education 2.0 sparks more interaction between the teacher and student; student to student; and student to content or expert. Education 2.0 uses Web 2.0 technologies to enhance traditional approaches, and uses blogs, podcasts, social bookmarking, and participation tools, but mostly within the framework of Education 1.0. Education is not transformed, but the groundwork for broader transformation is being laid down.

Education 3.0 is characterized by rich, cross-institutional, cross-cultural educational opportunities where learners create and share artifacts; and students learn beyond classroom activities through social networking and other community-driven formats. The distinction between artifacts, people, process, space, and time becomes blurred. Institutions adapt to meet the challenges of opportunities presented.

Skills You Need for Education 3.0

Edudemic suggests teachers take one digital step at a time to tackle up-and-coming modern methods. The image below shows ten skills modern teachers must have heading into Education 3.0—read the full article The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have.

Edudemic compiled this “checklist” for modern teachers.

Edudemic compiled this “checklist” for modern teachers.

Learn More about Education 3.0

  • SlideShare Perspective on Invisible Learning—Dr. John Moravec presents at the Jandris Center at the University of Minnesota on May 4, 2011.
  • Book Knowmad SocietyJohn Moravec explores the future of learning, work, and how we relate with each other in a world driven by accelerating change, value networks, and the rise of knowmads.
  • Blog site Education 3.0: Mobile & Social—Because educational systems are slow to change, this area can be a source of information for individuals interested in harnessing the power of mobile devices & social tools to positively impact learning.
  • Video Did You Know 3.0—illustrates the progression of information (this is a 2012 version modified from the original video by Karl Fisch).

Your Turn!

How are you embracing Education 3.0? Share your suggestions for trying new technologies in the classroom.


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