We've all seen this coming for a very long time, but with a chance so fervently on the wind, we here at Brainworth wanted to remind you of one of our favourite TED Talks on the matter from Sir Ken Robinson.
Robinson argues for something now well accepted - a personalised learning experience. Of course, such things are already up and running over at places like the wildly successful Khan Academy, where your progress is based on... your progress. The way it should be, with no skipping sections or slowing down on account of others' experiences.
That said, we need to ensure that at every stage of the way, pupils are able to engage with one another. One of the primary reasons people continue to pay for high quality education is the environment in which they learn - not the content available to learn per se. Considering the vast amount of information at everyone's finger tips and the slow opening of the floodgates of previously restricted course content from major universities, that content should be priced at a premium is no longer certain.
What is certain, however, is that personalisation works, incentives must be tantilising and tangible (and tangible in this sense needn't mean physical), and that the social and tutoring elements simply cannot be ignored.
Robinson, a creativity expert, forcefully argued to harness the power of each student's creativity, wherever it may lie. As we push forward into the future of gaming, of education and of socialising online, we ought to ensure that our systems enable those with creative minds in all fields are given access to a system which combines all of these things and nourishes them in a way which will keep them engaged.
For us, Robinson's form of change has been the base line by which we understand the coming shift in thinking about play and about education for some time. We're one of many groups who have been thinking about this problem for some time.
Stick around as we get into more detail.