Developments in artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing, and it begs the question: can we keep up? As technology evolves at an unprecedented pace, it's becoming increasingly difficult to comprehend the new world that's emerging. Are we at risk of being left behind as technology accelerates beyond the capacities of human imagination? How can we adapt and keep pace with this new reality?
Jan 19, 2024
In an AGI-dominated landscape, human-centric skills such as emotional intelligence, ethical judgment, and cross-cultural competence will be critical. Our educational systems must adapt, integrating project-based learning, digital literacy, and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. This will transform schools and universities into incubators of creativity, where students learn to leverage technology for problem-solving and innovation.
Dec 6, 2023
After decades of wondering if calculators, phones, or Wikipedia have a place in schools, the next target is obviously generative AI. The entry of ChatGPT into educational spheres has incited a range of reactions among educators, some of whom see it as a powerful tool for engagement and personalized learning, while others view it with skepticism and concerns about its potential to encourage plagiarism and erode critical thinking skills. The duality of these perspectives opens an important dialogue on the role AI should play in the development of learning environments that are both innovative and ethically sound.
Dec 5, 2023
We find ourselves in an era where the languages of technology—bytes, pixels, and algorithms—have become as fundamental as the ABCs we learned in school. But are our educational systems keeping up? What happens when we stitch the narrative of disruptive technology into the fabric of education? Recently, a study by María Cristina Martínez-Bravo and John Moravec was published: "Global trends in disruptive technological change: social and policy implications for education. The article delves into the heart of this paradigm shift, and it’s something every educator, policymaker, and lifelong learner...
Oct 1, 2023
Manifesto 15, conceptualized in 2015, is a forward-thinking document outlining a vision for the future of education. It proposes a shift from traditional, rigid, and standardized educational models to flexible, learner-centered, and experience-driven paradigms that embrace change, encourage lifelong learning, and foster creativity. In an era characterized by rapid technological advancements and societal changes, the document serves as a framework, enabling educators, learners, and policymakers to adapt to and navigate through these transformations, thereby shaping an educational landscape that is inclusive, dynamic, and future-ready. Manifesto 15 was built to help us handle future. Does it hold up today?
Jul 24, 2023
The world approaches 2023 very differently than it did four years ago. We are faced with increasing global challenges: climate catastrophes, pandemics, wars with global repercussions, and the weaponization of false narratives. Our economies and workforces shifted. We no longer feel as global with continued supply chain breakdowns. We work increasingly remotely. We are rethinking the designs of our cities. And we embraced distance learning.
Dec 29, 2022
When we wrote the book, neither Cristóbal nor I had any idea it would be so well-received and have a tremendous impact, particularly in Latin America and Spain. It has been an honor to see it adopted as a text by teacher training universities, used by students throughout the region, and even inspire works by other authors.
Apr 1, 2021
I am pleased to share the revised scope and call for papers for consideration in On the Horizon: The International Journal of Learning Futures. We remain committed to regional, gender, and cultural diversity. We further aim to bring voice to those who are typically marginalized. If you have an idea for a paper you would like to discuss or are interested in joining the editorial board, please get in touch with me!
Mar 2, 2021
On the Horizon explores issues that have been emerging (and have been accelerated by the pandemic), as technology changes the nature of education and learning within and among institutions, and across geo-political boundaries, recognizing learning increasingly takes place outside of the traditional institutional environment.
Jan 21, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, and yet it rips the people of the world apart. Social distancing is practiced in communities and borders are closed—in some cases nearly hermetically. International students are finding themselves isolated and stranded, if not sent back to their homes. In a period driven by fear, the human yearning to explore and build connections has never felt so urgent.
Apr 15, 2020
In the recently released book, Emerging education futures: Experiences and visions from the field, Leona Ungerer looks at how artificial intelligence impacts higher education. She further addresses concerns about incorporating it in higher education contexts, especially in emerging countries such as South Africa, where an ecosystem is forming to support applications of AI in education.
Feb 23, 2020
Bob Kartous issues a warning: If we don’t make serious efforts to invest in and modernize education, we are headed for a future with massive socioeconomic inequity, where citizens will be placated through what he calls “sugars and cybersugars,” and where the fabric of our democracies may be destroyed by disengagement and weaponized postmodernism.
Jan 23, 2020
Pekka Ihanainen calls for a new mindset in education that take into consideration complex interactions between affordances of observability, solvability, and partakeability. Affordances for learning, he writes, “are functionalities composed by human subjects in their personal and social contexts and environments in which they make their living. Pedagogical affordances are those present in pedagogical events and situations, and they determine the qualities of learning possible in practices learners localize themselves.”
Jan 8, 2020
In societies where constant change is the norm, schools today must prepare students to be successful in environments and contexts that may differ greatly from what we experience today. But, are we really thinking about the future? With contributions from four continents, this book reveals a ‘snapshot’ of some of our best thinking for building new education futures. Diverse experiences, visions, and ideas are shared to help spark new thinking among educators and policymakers, provoke conversation, and facilitate new ideas for meeting human development needs in a rapidly transforming world.
Oct 6, 2019
This summer, Tologo Verlag released the German edition of Knowmad Society (in German: Die Gesellschaft der Wissensnomaden), edited by John Moravec. This edition took advantage of the Creative Commons license for the original text published in 2013, which includes contributions from John Moravec, Cristóbal Cobo, Thieu Besselink, Christel Hartkamp, Pieter Spinder, Bianca Stokman, Edwin de Bree, Christine Renaud, Ronald van den Hoff, and Sen. Gary Hart.
Sep 8, 2019
"For me, the goal in a ‘natural’ education lies at the intersection of affordances for high agency from the system and cultural orientations that encourage high self-efficacy among individuals. Unfortunately, the point of mainstream, industrial education is to limit affordances for both dimensions."
Jun 26, 2019