Next-Generation Learning: Identifying Needs

#NCMAasks (2)What do students and teachers need to navigate the shifting landscape of education? The NCMA project team working on the IMLS grant Museum Solutions for Tomorrow’s Learners have identified the primary student and teacher needs after speaking with hundreds of educators, administrators, and museum stakeholders over the past few months. As technology becomes more integrated, content more open and accessible, and new models of education introduced, museums are poised to provide spaces and experiences to meet these needs.

This list will guide our discussions and planning for prototyping programs and resources as we move into the “imagine phase” of the grant.

Top 4 Teacher Needs

  • Time (saving time, time management, classroom models to individualize learning).
  • Professional development (new technology, standards, curricular integration, acting as a facilitator, differentiation).
  • Collaborators (other teachers, community partners, museum).
  • Proof (research, data, advocacy, awareness, analysis of student work/ teacher appraisal instrument, alternative assessments).

Top 4 Student Needs

  • Play/experiment (hands on, creativity, tinkering, alternative learning spaces, maker spaces).
  • Authentic approaches to demonstrate learning (mastery, formative, project-based).
  • Real-world skill sets (soft skills, project-based, career readiness, making, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, planning and organizing).
  • Engagement (active learning, individualized, child-centered, student-directed, mindset, participatory).

To hear more discussion about these needs, check out our Google Hangout that shared our findings from the “ask phase” with the museum community at large. We were joined by two members of our national thought partner network, Seema Rao and Kris Wetterland, who contributed to the discussion.

As we move into the “imagine phase” of this planning process, we ask you to take a moment to dream about what the ideal learning environment will look like in 2020. What does the art room of tomorrow look like? What does a museum visit look like?
Our next post will share some solutions students have imagined for next-generation learning.

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