Giving Education Ideas an A+?

As I read through the various different submissions for our Education call, I’ve been thinking yet again about what success would look like for each of these different ideas. Or better yet, how would we even know that they’ve been successful approaches?

There are great submissions for the Education call, but how can each of them achieve an A+?

A few weeks back the Liberal party held a conference called Canada 150, all about directions for Canada leading up to our 150th Birthday in 2017. That Friday there was a panel discussion about Learning as a National Priority that set Twitter on fire. But now what?

Then on the following Monday, the Canada 3.0 conference announced a proclamation of sorts to be able to do anything online by 2017, also in reference to the 150th birthday. That will be easier to measure. Black and white.

For some of the “baby steps” in between, coming to a consensus on what success would mean could be more difficult, but of no less importance.

One of the themes that seems to be weaving itself into several submissions is the idea of encouraging and inspiring students. For years, there have been initiatives designed to get more girls studying science and engineering, so in the same vein, would have more students enrolled in particular programs be a good benchmark?

New types of curriculum or educational institutions are also some common submissions and there is some dialogue happening about what those success measures might be. Again, is it enrollment numbers? Graduates staying in Canada? Communities or new hubs building up around these institutions? Getting a job in the field you studied? Some of these issues aren’t new to digital, but if we could define how we would know that we’ve achieved the goal, digital could help solve them.

If we look to the future when some of these ideas are implemented, grading the submission on their merits will be based on how they’ve fulfilled the assignment – to position Canada as a leader in the digital economy. But even how we define success for that goal is still open to interpretation and hopefully something that continues to evolve during the coming calls.

2 Responses to “Giving Education Ideas an A+?”

  1. Thought provoking! Re your questions: ” … Graduates staying in Canada? Communities or new hubs building up around these institutions? … ”

    For many years, I’ve believed one significant impact of the web’s global community is that people will eventually physically move to locations that emerge as real communities of interest. Educational institutions will be key magnets. And, increasingly, I think that niche private schools will gain reputation and attractiveness.

  2. Carrie Maynard says:

    Silicon Valley is a great example of it. Since we all see this as such a great start-up community, we sometimes forget about the influence and impact great schools in the area have had in attracting people to the area, such as Stanford, Santa Clara University, etc.

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