The media world is suddenly awash with news about Artificial Intelligence, but CCR has been working on its impact – and that of many other global factors – and consequences for Education, for a decade. This work had led in 2016 to the publication of its recommendations for a Four-Dimensional Education framework (“4D”) described its book.
After 18 months of further research, CCR is delighted to offer its expanded Knowledge framework (+ appendix), describing how to rethink content in the age of algorithms (from search to A.I.) to build:
- Relevance and personalization (for learner motivation)
- Versatility (robustness to future uncertainties)
- Transfer (actionability in real-world situations, leading to “flipping the curriculum“)
All of which are to be achieved via a deep redesign of disciplines and their content:
- Modernizing/curating traditional disciplines (STEM, Humanities, Arts), via analysis of:
- Essential Content
- Core Concepts
- Learning progressions
- Adding Modern Disciplines (Technology & Engineering; Media (digital journalism, cinema); Entrepreneurship & business; Personal finance; Wellness (physical, mental); Social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, civics, future studies, etc.).
- Developing Interdisciplinarity and Themes (Environmental, Global, Civic, Information and Digital Literacies; Systems, Design and Computational Thinking; etc.)
- Intersecting with Competencies, the other three dimensions of the framework: (Skills, Character, Meta-Learning).
We remain as committed as ever to answering our seminal founding question “What should students learn for the 21st century?” in an age of AI and more… join us!
CCR is pleased to publish its synthetic and concise report on Personalized Learning, clarifying the confusions over terminology and structure, and including its recommendations for progress.
The vision of a highly-personalized learning experience in education is a long-standing “Holy Grail” advocated for by educators for many decades. The report quotes renowned inventor Danny Hillis (of Thinking Machines, and Google Knowledge Graph fame): “ …consider what kind of automated tutor could be created using today’s best technology. First, imagine that this tutor program can get to know you over a long period of time. Like a good teacher, it knows what you already understand and what you are ready to learn. It also knows what types of explanations are most meaningful to you. It knows your learning style: whether you prefer pictures or stories, examples or abstractions. Imagine that this tutor has access to a database containing all the world’s knowledge. This database is organized according to concepts and ways of understanding them. It contains specific knowledge about how the concepts relate, who believes them and why, and what they are useful for. I will call this database the knowledge web, to distinguish it from the database of linked documents that is the World Wide Web.”
The report highlights concrete steps needed to make this vision a reality, which starts with “a reference framework [like CCR’s] for aligning learning experiences, resources, assessment and reporting to the competencies” (iNACOL).
The exploration tool is available here to all wishing to explore linkages and relationships between disciplines.
Understanding the structure of human knowledge is an endeavor that dates back centuries, and technology has opened up new possibilities for analysis. CCR has attempted to visualize the connectivity of the Education space using Wikipedia as a data set, and 40 disciplines representing ~6 million pages (nodes) via ~140 million connections (edges).
CCR is very grateful to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for its support of this research.
The CCR organized and hosted on September 8, 2016 an interactive colloquium on “Augmented Humans” at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, exploring the coming impact of Biotechnology, and partially answering CCR’s seminal question: “WHAT should students learn for the 21st century?”
The colloquium brought together leading minds from, most notably, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the Future of Life Institute, and the Clayton Christensen Institute. The 4-hour colloquium featured a presentation by Dr. Steve Gullans, co-author of the book “Evolving Ourselves”, which followed an introductory presentation by CCR’s founder.
CCR is very grateful to Dr. Gullans and to all participants for sharing their expertise and time, and to the Henri Moser Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) for its continuous support.
Join us for an interactive colloquium exploring the intersection of Machine Learning and Human Learning. This event is organized by the Center for Curriculum Redesign and takes place simultaneously at swissnex Boston and at the University of Geneva.
Bringing together leading minds in Education, the 3-hour colloquium will discuss the question: How can Machine Learning foster and shoulder Human learning?
The event will be held on March 30, 2016 at 9:00 am EDT and 15:00 CEST (see registration page, and also live and on-demand streaming for those who cannot join us in Boston).
CCR is very grateful to the Montes Alti Educational Foundation and the Fondation Helvetica Educatio for their generous support.
The CCR is pleased to announce that its new book “Four-Dimensional Education” will be officially introduced at an event hosted at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The presentation by Mr. Fadel will be held at OECD’s Paris headquarters on Jan. 18 from 14:30-15:30 (local time) at the closure of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) meeting with OECD Ambassadors. Mr. Fadel will also present “Four-Dimensional Education“ at the International Baccalaureate Organization in The Hague on Jan. 19 at 14:00-15:30 AM (local time).
“’Four-Dimensional Education’ is a clear and actionable, first-of-its-kind organizing framework of competencies needed” states Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at OECD, in his prologue for the book. A short video introduction by Mr. Schleicher can be viewed here.
Stanford University professor Carol Dweck describes the book as: “A very thoughtful treatment of the competencies our students need to thrive in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world. This book will help educators understand and navigate the critical choices we are facing.”
Additional praise for “Four-Dimensional Education” from reviewers from Harvard, MIT, Google, IBM, and many other education thought leaders may be found here.
“Four-Dimensional Education” discusses the fundamental question posed by CCR: “What should students learn for the 21st century?” The book offers a framework describing the dimensions – Knowledge, Skills, Character, and Meta-Learning – of a relevant 21st century curriculum required to promote fulfilled individuals, sustainable societies and productive economies:
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The CCR is pleased to publish its Character framework, three years in the making. It was developed because CCR could not locate a framework that combined all of the following requirements:
- Completeness → no major elements missing
- Compactness → actionable and deployable
- Low-correlation variables → no duplication and confusion
- At the appropriate layer of abstraction → for robustness and clarity
- Global relevance → for broad acceptability
It was announced at its 2014 Geneva conference, jointly with the Geneva Declaration. The six essential Character qualities, from which numerous other related concepts are derived, are: Mindfulness, Curiosity, Courage, Resilience, Ethics, and Leadership.
The CCR is very pleased to announce that the International Baccalaureate has joined as partner. Siva Kumari, Director General, stated: “It is important that curriculum and assessments are continuously refined… to prepare young people for the future.”
The CCR looks forward to a fruitful and sustained collaboration.
The CCR is very pleased to announce that, at its 90th session, the governing board of the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) endorsed the strategic partnership between CERI and CCR (see: OECD CERI Letter to CCR).
The CCR is most grateful for the exemplary and productive relationship enjoyed to date, as witnessed by the “Character Education for a Challenging Century” conference in Geneva, the “Interdisciplinarity & Metacognition” colloquium in Paris, and the “Mathematics for the 21st Century” conference in Stockholm.
The CCR looks forward to continue redesigning Education through leading-edge high-impact research projects and events, jointly with OECD/CERI.
The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is very pleased to announce that the Secondary School Admission Test Board has joined as a partner.
Heather Hoerle, Executive Director, stated: “We are pleased to offer SSATB’s support to the Center for Curriculum Redesign. SSATB’s mission of “providing unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of schools, students, and families” will be fully realized through strategic partnerships with forward thinking organizations like CCR. She also stated: “CCR’s vision to challenge, explore, and redefine curriculum is critical to the future of each learner”.