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The 60-Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

The 60-Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy

Presented by Chris Dede, Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education; and John Richards, Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc.

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In this edWebinar, Chris Dede and John Richards explore new models and strategies for lifelong learning in an era of profound economic disruption and invention. The presentation is based on their recently published book, The 60-Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy, a compilation of the work of continuing educators and higher education institutions leading the way to better models for lifelong learning.

Over the next half-century, globalization, regional threats to sustainability, climate change, and technologies such as artificial intelligence and data mining will transform our education and workforce sectors. Higher education and adult training must shift to offer every student life-wide opportunities for the continuous upskilling they will need to achieve decades of worthwhile employability. Universities can increase learners’ trajectories across multiple careers from mid-adolescence to retirement spanning computer science, inclusive design, critical thinking, civics, and more.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to all stakeholders in education, workforce development, curriculum and instructional design, lifelong learning, higher education, and continuing education.


Chris DedeAbout the Presenters

Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE). His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. In 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. From 2014-2015, he was a Visiting Expert at NSF, Directorate of Education and Human Resources.

Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Expert Panel on Technology, and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. Chris also was an International Steering Committee member for the Second International Technology in Education Study, and he has participated in technology-based learning initiatives for various Global South countries. He is currently a member of the OECD 2030 Scientific Committee.


John RichardsJohn Richards is a lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is an internationally recognized leader in merging media and technology with educational needs and has designed and published award-winning educational materials in mathematics, science, and social studies. Current research interests include entrepreneurship in edtech, digital media literacy, and extensions of the university to support lifelong learning.

He is currently Founder and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed). CS4Ed works with publishers, technology companies, educational non–profits, and higher education institutions as they negotiate the rapidly changing education marketplace. Clients range from start-ups to the giants of the industry. Previously, he was President of the JASON Foundation for Education, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Turner Learning, Inc., the education arm of Turner Broadcasting.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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