Education 3.0

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In Education 3.0, classrooms would move away from lectures, such as this one, to having class time be spent on discussions and projects, using digital technology.

Education 3.0 is an umbrella term used by educational theorists to describe a variety of ways to integrate technology into learning. According to Jeff Borden, Education 3.0 entails a confluence of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and education technology, using web-based digital and mobile technology, including apps, hardware and software, and "anything else with an e in front of it."[1] Instead of viewing digital technology as a competitor to current teaching models, Education 3.0 means actively embracing new technologies to see how they can help students learn efficiently.[1][2] Writer Michael Horn describes it as moving "beyond mass education to mass-customized education through blended learning," using the flexibility of technology to help students of varying backgrounds and skills.[3] The term has been included in the term Entrepreneurship Education 3.0 which denotes a broadening of entrepreneurship education with interdisciplinary appeal for non-business majors, according to a report in Technically Philly magazine.[4]

With Education 3.0, classes move away from traditional lectures and instead focus on interactive learning, with question and answer sessions, reviews and quizzes, discussions, labs, and other project-based learning.[3] It usually involves customization and personalization, such that educational content is tailored to meet the needs of specific students.[3] It can mean reversing the traditional classroom learning, in which lectures happen in class and homework is done out of class, into flipped classrooms, such that new content is delivered online while students work on assignments together in class.[3]

Lectures move online—which handles students' need for personalization—and, as one of Lee's presentations states, "What in a class? Anything but lecturing!" Class time moves away from PowerPoint, blackboards, and whiteboards and is instead devoted to interactive and applied learning—questions and answers, review and summary, quizzes, interactive problem solving, discussion, project-based learning, and labs.

— Michael Horn, 2014, in Forbes magazine[3]

The term has been used by educational theorists in South Korea[3] and in Latin America.[5] According to a report in Forbes magazine, schools such as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology or KAIST are actively exploring Education 3.0.[3] In Latin America, Educación 3.0 is being explored as a way to make education affordable to poor people throughout the region, and to help ameliorate poverty.[5]


  1. ^ a b DR. JEFF BORDEN, PEARSON. "Education 3.0: Embracing Technology to 'Jump the Curve'". Wired Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2015. ...Education 3.0 is ... coming together of creativity, outcomes, critical thinking, big data, personalization, ... confluence of three crucial education elements: Neuroscience, Cognitive (Learning) Psychology, and Education Technology....talking about technology that is web-based, digital, and/or mobile....
  2. ^ DR. JEFF BORDEN, PEARSON. "Education 3.0: 'Learning Psychology' — Embracing Better Ways to Teach". Wired Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2015. ...Educational theory, cognitive psychology, flipped learning, service learning, and other innovations represent years of study, theory, and thought about “better ways” to teach and learn. Yet, if you talk to most academics, these conceptual / philosophical / researched pieces of the profession are often ignored for a variety of reasons....
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Michael Horn (March 17, 2014). "KAIST Doesn't Wait For Change In Korea, Pioneers 'Education 3.0'". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2015. .... move beyond mass education to mass-customized education through blended learning... customization ... flipped classrooms ... Class time ... devoted to interactive and applied learning—questions and answers, review and summary, quizzes, interactive problem solving, discussion, project-based learning, and labs. ...KAIST isn’t the only major university pushing forward ....
  4. ^ Rayce Rollins (September 3, 2014). "Philadelphia's role in 'Entrepreneurship Education 3.0′". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved August 21, 2015. .. broadening of entrepreneurship with interdisciplinary buy-in....
  5. ^ a b Alejandro Chafuen (November 20, 2014). "Educational Quality And Inequality In Latin America". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2015. book “Educación 3.0.: The struggle for talent in Latin America” ... describes numerous efforts focusing on improving educational policies...

Further reading[edit]

  • Keats, D., Schmidt, J.P., The Genesis and Emergence of Education 3.0 in higher education and its potential for Africa, First Monday, volume 12, number 3 (March 2007).[1]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Volume 12, Number 3 — 5 March 2007". 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2015-08-01.