Breaking the Education Cartel

The Learning Without Frontiers conference was held in London last week. One of the key speakers was Professor Stephen Heppell, who  said “Education is the cartel that will be broken by people and technology next”.

This caused quite a stir. It was tweeted and retweeted, blogged and texted. It wasn’t news though, as it was something he’d alluded to almost a year earlier in a blogpost on the future of learning. However, the idea is so much more potent now with the changes in education that we’re facing in the UK and abroad. A new government, a new curriculum, massive cutbacks, teachers improvising and experimenting with technology, teachers collaborating like never before. Education boundaries are being broken down, and this is being led by people with technology.

I can’t help thinking that DS106 is an amazing example of this revolution in education.


About colinmaxwell

Creative Industries lecturer. Photographer, designer, game developer, film maker. Scotland.
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