My contribution to the new book: Government Digital

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Transforming education takes the right mindset and the right tools

It’s official — I’m an author now. I’m happy to announce that I had the privilege of writing a chapter in Alex Benay’s new book Government Digital. Alex is the Chief Information Officer of Canada, and he gave me the opportunity to write about the changing nature of education, our changing workforce, and how I think we need to build the future of learning.

We all know that we are experiencing the biggest transformation of learning in living memory. I tried to convey that sense of rapid change to the book’s audience. For example, I think back to when D2L was first founded – and how odd and novel the concept of web-based learning seemed to some people. Now, we have passed beyond the web and into the cloud and mobile — and still the pace of innovation continues to astound even those of us who work in the ed tech sector.

In the chapter, I also talk about the need to ensure that educators have better tools at their disposal. I used the Learning Platform and Open Resources as two examples of powerful tools that help brilliant educators reach every learner in their classrooms — and make education more accessible to more people in more places in the world.

We know that we need programs that enable new ways of teaching and learning, and that are capable of meeting new and growing needs. We need to help more people understand that the current approach to education isn’t cutting it — that the old world of work is disappearing before our very eyes. We need to use the same rapid technological advances that are helping create these new jobs and skills for continued education and training.

I’ve often said that “learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests,” but it is equally true that the foundation of learning itself must increasingly be digital. I’m thrilled to be part of a conversation about that very important topic.

I hope you have the opportunity to read the book, which is available here. And I am proud that all of the proceeds are going to support girls in tech programming.