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Future‐focused learning ecologies in a rapidly evolving global ecosystem

Jonathon Richter (Research Associate at the Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 15 May 2009




The purpose of this paper is to emphasize the role of education as the formal means for preparing people for the future, outlining the need for interdisciplinary and systemic use of new learning technologies to re‐align with present learning needs.


Using the lens of Miller's Living Systems Theory, such a collaboration between learning scientists, educators, and policy makers is now both possible and necessary because of emerging learning technologies.


Using these learning technologies across the curriculum throughout a learner's life will assist them to adapt within increasingly fast‐paced, interconnected, and complex systems.

Practical implications

Administrators should collaborate with teachers, organizations, learning scientists, and students, themselves to integrate these new learning technologies in substantive new ways that enhance future conciousness.


The paper provides a potential bridge between the abstract notion of future consciousness and the proliferating use of new learning technologies. Educational leaders may find here ideas for situating their institutional visions, missions, and strategic directions.



Richter, J. (2009), "Future‐focused learning ecologies in a rapidly evolving global ecosystem", On the Horizon, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 163-170.



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