April’s DwD was convened by an graduate student-led panel, organized by Strategic Innovation Lab and Strategic Foresight & Innovation, responding to the question:
What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?
The roundtable and dialogue was sponsored by Imagining Canada’s Future, the strategic development of next-generation social science for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) with the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS).
This question was one of their key Future Challenge Areas. The SFI team documented the session and prepared a report for CAGS and SSHRC. This report is now available to the public, linked here and titled Innovating Canada’s Higher Education.
Canada, like many other countries, is at a tipping point in the way its education system, especially higher education, is conceptualized, structured and delivered in light of the knowledge and skills required for the 21st century. The panel discussed and explored the following issues:
- What knowledge, skills and delivery methods are required in order for the public education system to create an innovative, resilient and culturally rich society?
- What aspirations and expectations will a diverse and global citizenry bring to the work environments, jobs and labour markets of the future?
- What conditions are needed for new models of research—particularly, co‑creation of knowledge with the public, private and/or not‑for‑profit sectors—to flourish?
- What roles will emerging and/or disruptive information and communication technologies play in learning for individuals, institutions and society?
- What role should individuals, institutions and governments play in promoting and supporting the life cycle of knowledge—including creation, accessibility, retention and mobilization—across sectors, both domestically and internationally?
- How can we harness Canada’s strength and innovation in the arts, digital media and cultural industries to build social, economic and cultural well‑being?
Panel and workshop photo-documented by SFI student George Wang.
SFI graduate student panelists opening the first part of the event.
Tables were convened by graduate student panelists for each of the main questions.
Responses to each table’s question captured on standing boards.
Graphical recordings by SFI students Maggie Greyson and Ana Matic during panel and in closing plenary.
The final report is now available here, and was delivered to very positive response by CAGS and SSHRC, especially for its vivid capture of the innovative process and the visual approach to communicating the results of the civic dialogue.
The convening team had suggested some related readings for members of the panel and public:
Joseph Wilson on learning: ‘People are envious of what we’re doing in education’ (or any of the Possible Canadas articles)
Democracy Hacks was recommended as a relevant podcast.
The Governor General David Johnston has been advocating rethinking education, and this may be his legacy for Canada in 2017.
A pan-Canadian joint undergraduate degree is taking shape: Pan-Canadian University
Slow Learning, a site presenting critical visions for self-directed, community learning
HOSTED BY THE SFI DIALOGUE TEAM
with faculty advisor Peter Jones