“Emerging technologies are not only changing the formal education and training landscape, they’re also changing our access to—and relationship with— information and, by extension, affecting the soul of how we think, interact, develop, and work.”
So begins the robust new book — Modernizing Learning: Building the Future Learning Ecosystem. Published by the U.S. Department of Defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training, the volume is the combined work of over 80 contributors and authors.
Our CEO, Shelly Blake-Plock, was honored to be one of those authors — contributing a chapter on analytics and visualization.
The book was designed as an “implementation blueprint” and a plan of how and where learning will occur in the future. Stakeholders from across Government, Military, Academia, Industry, and K12 Education provided input. Chapters were composed by the members of the inaugural Advanced Distributed Learning Academy as organized by the University of Memphis and the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative. The senior editors were J.J. Walcutt, Ph.D., Director of Innovation at the ADL Initiative and Sae Schatz, Ph.D., Director of the ADL Initiative.
The volume begins with a look at the objectives of learning and a history and survey of the technologies and instructional theories that have developed to support the design and distribution of learning experiences supporting lifelong learning across school and career. A section on technology follows with discussions of interoperability, data security, learner privacy, analytics and visualization, and personalization. The third section concerns learning science with chapters on assessment, instructional strategies, competency-based learning, social learning, and self-regulated learning. The book closes out with a section on organizational matters including the roles of instructional designers and learning engineers, the governance of learning ecosystems, culture change, and strategic planning.
Modernizing Learning is available as a free digital download (416 pages) from the U.S. Government Publishing Office.