ShapingEDU Unconference 2021: Reshaping Wicked Problems
Browse This Year’s Wicked Problems
First, we asked our ShapingEDU community of education changemakers to share their Wicked Problems: pressing, complex challenges facing learning now or in the future. Once we received the submissions, our dreamers, doers and drivers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite topics. Without further ado,
we're unveiling this year's nine Wicked Problems we’ll untangle at the 2021 Unconference!
- Working Group Introductions
- "Invasion" of the Degree Snatchers: Stacked microcredentials vs. traditional degrees
- Frankensteining strategy into tools
- A Quiet Place: How to better engage virtual learners & avoid burnout
- 365+ Days Later: Post-pandemic best practices
- Nightmare On Accessibility Street: Creating a space + place for all online
- Brainscan 2021: XR, deepfakes and gamified experiences
- Mirror, Mirror Spotlight on the Wall, Whose Voice is Not Being Heard at All
Now combined for maximum impact, we present:
Mirror, Mirror Spotlight on the Wall, Whose Voice is Not Being Heard at All: “Dial S for Success: Voice + Choice + Community-Building for Lifelong-Learning”
4. Silence of the Students: Why we need to prioritize voice + choice for lifelong learning
What's important to you as a lifelong learner? How has that evolved? How can a student’s voice be the primary voice in their educational journey? What are the primary voices in education currently? Will this change in the future? Do students currently feel like they have a voice? How can student voice be incorporated into different topics? How can we support student storytelling, reflective practice and self-growth?
Let’s determine how to further learner-centered everything – for example, by amplifying learner stories, needs and insights, and empowering the education community with resources co-created with learners.
8. Mirror, Mirror: Encouraging positive mental health & wellness practices
How do we teach students to be aware of and respectful of their own physical wellness and mental health, and that of others? How can we encourage them to make this a lifelong practice?
Teaching lifelong learners to be aware and respectful of their physical and mental health is essential; so too is crafting systems that enable and support the wellbeing of learners, educators and staff. Join us in designing an actionable output to further mental health and wellness in living and learning.
6. The Shining of the spotlight on DEI (Diversity Equity Inclusion) in education
How do we reshape our education systems to be antiracist? How can we bring an antiracism lens to course design? What can we do as individuals and people with influence in systems, policy, design settings?
We’ll explore how we can reshape our education systems to form places where learners have access to learning that is inclusive of all and helps learners of all backgrounds thrive.
So, what did we do with these Wicked Problems?
Great question! On Days 3 & 4 of the Unconference, we workd together to address these specific Wicked Problems by developing actionable outputs, resources and products. By doing this, we are seeking out ways to become antifragile in living and learning — to move beyond resilience to thriving through disruption.
On Thursday, July 22, Wicked Problems Working Groups gathered virtually to discuss their complex challenge and decide on what actionable output they wanted to develop and shared their conversations at the end of the day. Read the full transcription of the Share Out's graphic facilitation below:
Day 1: Group Report Out
On Friday, July 23, the Wicked Problems Working Groups re-assembled to develop their outputs and resources and share them with Unconference attendees at our Town Hall: the big reveal. Read the full transcription of the Town Hall's graphic facilitation below: