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The 60-Year Curriculum New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy

Edited By Christopher Dede, John Richards Copyright 2020
    182 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The 60-Year Curriculum explores models and strategies for lifelong learning in an era of profound economic disruption and reinvention. Over the next half-century, globalization, regional threats to sustainability, climate change, and technologies such as artificial intelligence and data mining will transform our education and workforce sectors. In turn, higher education must shift to offer every student life-wide opportunities for the continuous upskilling they will need to achieve decades of worthwhile employability. This cutting-edge book describes the evolution of new models—covering computer science, inclusive design, critical thinking, civics, and more—by which universities can increase learners’ trajectories across multiple careers from mid-adolescence to retirement. Stakeholders in workforce development, curriculum and instructional design, lifelong learning, and higher and continuing education will find a unique synthesis offering valuable insights and actionable next steps.

    1. Introduction: Reconceptualizing Higher Education and Lifelong Learning in the Era of the Synergistic Digital Economy

    Chris Dede

    2. Education, Age, and the Machine

    Andrew Scott

    3. Are We Ready for the Jobs That the Digital Economy Will Offer to Us?

    Michel Servoz

    4. Employing the 60-Year Curriculum as a Strategic Approach

    Ann M. Brewer

    5. Creating the Next in Higher Education at Georgia Tech

    Stephen W. Harmon and Nelson C. Baker

    6. Known for Whom We Include: Designing Models for Lifelong Education at Arizona State University

    Punya Mishra and Jacqueline Smith

    7. Market-Driven Education: The Imperative for Responsive Design and Application

    Jason Wingard and Christine Farrugia

    8. The Role and Potential of University-Based Executive Education and Professional Development Programs in the 60-Year Curriculum: A Case Example of an Intensive Residential Program for Higher Education Leaders

    James P. Honan

    9. Implementing 60YC Learning at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education

    Huntington D. Lambert and Henry H. Leitner

    10. Assessment of the Current State of the 60YC and Research Agenda for the Future

    John Richards


    Christopher J. Dede is Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA, where he served as Chair of the Learning and Teaching Department.

    John Richards is Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA, and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed). He has served as President of the JASON Foundation for Education and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Turner Learning, Inc.

    "This book is a must read. It is our future."
    Distance Education

    "We need to start thinking strategically about lifelong learning as a response to rapid change in the global economy and emerging demographic shifts. These changes are happening right in front of us, and our colleges and universities need to think about whether their current programs and modes of operation need to be re-imagined and redesigned. This book will help. With some case examples and insightful commentary, the collection of readings will inspire and encourage a healthy conversation about ‘what’s next?’."
    —TeachOnline.ca, "2020 Top Ten Books on Online Learning"