On November 15th and 16th, SIME, Northern Europe’s leading event on how digital technology changes how we work, live and play, was held at Cirkus in Stockholm. SIME brings together leaders, executives from different industries and entrepreneurs to explore new business opportunities together with world class speakers, workshop leaders and experts. The main objective of this conference is to explore how digital opportunities can convert into new business, and how we, through technology, can help create a better world.
Sahra-Josephine Hjorth attended the workshop ‘the Future of Learning”. Here, students, EdTech entrepreneurs, educators and big corporates exchanged ideas on how we may improve the educational systems in Scandinavia. The systems in i.e. Sweden and Denmark have excellent elements, such as the free access and a focus on building competencies in learners from non-academic families. But they also face enormous challenges. Free access is often confused with equal opportunities, which is in fact not the case. It is still the children of the highly educated who ends up occupying the majority of the PhD – and other top positions. The educational systems are ripe for disruption. Finland is in many ways at the forefront of the learning revolution in Scandinavia, most recently due to a shift in focus from traditional subject lines to an emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach.
Bright Side have covered the historic shift.
Finnish officials want to remove school subjects from the curriculum. There will no longer be any classes in physics, math, literature, history, or geography. Instead of individual subjects, students will study events and phenomena in an interdisciplinary format. For example, the Second World War will be examined from the perspective of history, geography, and math. And by taking the course ”Working in a Cafe,” students will absorb a whole body of knowledge about the English language, economics, and communication skills.
During the session, Sahra-Josephine was spontaneously pulled on stage to offer her unique views on ‘the Future of Learning’ based on her experience as co-founder of CanopyLAB.
What we as educators need to embrace sooner rather than later, is that we are educating a purpose-driven generation whom are not looking to learn a specific subject or craft simply because these are the subject we have always taught in school. There is a shift taking place, where our job is to focus on the skills of the future rather than the crafts of the past. Our learners want to gain competences in cross-cultural communication, facilitation and collaboration. They want us to customize learning experiences that fit their interests and backgrounds. In a digitalized world, there is no reason to settle for mediocre, one-size-fits-all learning experiences.
Sahra-Josephine is participating at the conference along with other Danish entrepreneurs, including the DARE2mansion co-founders, Laila Pawlak and Kris Østergaard and Sebastian A. Thomsen from AthGene.
During the workshop, Kris Østergaard made a crucial point. He argued that the future teachers will not be disseminators of information, but rather facilitators of knowledge gathering. They will empower and support students in their own pursuit of information. At CanopyLAB was made a decision to “ban teachers” almost 1,5 years ago exactly due to this kind of philosophy. At CanopyLAB we are looking for content partners who are ready to leave outdated methodology behind and step into a world of curating educational experiences.