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Ultra-lateral Learning

Education is evolving at a faster pace than any other period in recent history and, as new generations enter today's learning systems, there is a growing awareness that curriculums and methodologies need to evolve to meet tomorrow’s reality. We are seeing new platforms for learning in the form of gaming and coding, hybrid playgrounds and open-source creative libraries, with people responding to a human need of discovery in systems that balance the unknown with personal fascination.

According to LinkedIn's 2019 Workforce Learning Report nearly all (94%) employees say they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their learning and developments.

In this month’s Futures Feed - a monthly series of reports and presentations by Pearlfisher design agency - we explore the theme Ultra-lateral Learning and how the future of learning is expanding beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom.

We look at the new platforms that are emerging for adaptive language, positive mental health video games, sensorial playgrounds, ageless lessons and other formats that examine how modern education is responding to an innate human need of play, discovery and personal progression. In the presentation we define four emerging themes of change, which are brought to life with contextual insights, opportunity areas and best-in-class case study examples.

Four key themes of change

1. Digital Citizenship Brands are launching new products, services and systems that provide teaching tools for coding, programming and other languages that seamlessly link the physical and digital.

2. Playground Sensoriums Learning spaces and places are being transformed from passive lessons to an activated experience, encouraging people to interact with and discover the world around them first-hand.

3. Emotional Education Products are teaching lessons in emotional intelligence, building a new sense of empathy and storytelling towards mental health, self-awareness and inclusivity in younger generations.

4. Inclusive Alphabets Graphic and typography design is being explored as a tool to aid different levels of abilities, helping a range of audiences learn and absorb information through various stimuli.

What is the opportunity in this space?

- Learning is not only for the younger generation

We are all striving to learn new lessons, passions and aspirations. Gen A and beyond will expect new levels of technology literacy as well as dynamism and adaptability in education as they do the rest of their lives, in everything from banking to gaming. - Becoming a brand educator

Brands can develop their role as civic educators and provide open-source platforms that can be a touchpoint where an audience can invest in a brand’s world that feels accessible, fun and fascinating. - Pushing the capabilities of graphic design

Design can aid in people's differing abilities to learn. This goes beyond the need for aesthetic alone to create something that has function, elevating visual potential to trigger our minds to see and feel the unbelievable. If you would like to hear more of our thinking on Ultra Lateral Learning read the original article and get in touch with Pearlfisher here.

Image credit: photography by Jakob Owens



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