What will it take for large scale change of educational systems to occur?

Siemen (2008) states “Large systems do not react and change due to small change pressures. Once change has developed to a point of potentially altering the existing system, significant resistance can be expected.” So what could be the catalyst for this institution wide change to occur?

asda-self-service-checkoutAs covered in my previous post, I believe the rise of automation will ultimately be the catalyst that leads to the upheaval of, not only our education system, but our entire society as a whole. There is rising evidence that despite ever-increasing levels of productivity, employment is declining across the world (Frey & Osborne, 2016). A small-scale contemporary example of this is the introduction of self-service checkouts now common in retail stores across Australia. With the current existence and, in my opinion, inevitable near complete industry wide adoption of autonomous vehicles, a huge percentage of our nation’s jobs, including taxi, bus and truck drivers, are set to completely disappear. Here is a link listing the many benefits and disadvantages of this new technology.

I’d like to think that our society is open-minded enough to embrace new research into what a “school” or “classroom” should be to best meet the modern needs of students, however this will probably only fully be the case when traditional definitions of these words are well past being relevant. I’m looking forward to investigating these ideas more in assignment 2.


Frey, C. & Osborne, M. (2016). THE FUTURE OF EMPLOYMENT: HOW SUSCEPTIBLE ARE JOBS TO COMPUTERISATION?. Oxford: University of Oxford. Retrieved from http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf


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