A wicked problem is one that cannot be solved easily and sometimes it cannot be solved at all. The solution(s) put into place when dealing with wicked problems try to make the best out of a bad situation. The wicked problem my team is investigating relates to keeping education relevant in a world of rapid change. The New Media Consortium outlined this problem in their Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition. Please consider completing our Keeping Education Relevant Survey to help us gather data to better understand the numerous factors of this wicked problem. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete and your responses will remain anonymous. If you wish to participate, please complete the survey no later than Friday, November 16, 2016.
The questions in the survey were designed by three graduate students, including myself, in the Michigan State University Master’s in Educational Technology program. Our goal is to utilize the data collected to inform decisions we make while attempting to enhance the learning experiences for our students and the communities we serve. Today’s job market is looking for a new type of employee who differs from the one traditionally produced from our current educational system. Developing the type of skilled and innovative individuals desired by employers today is a wicked problem. How can education stay relevant in a world where vast amounts of knowledge is freely available to the masses, but change is rapid and there are very specific demands for all the individual fields of practice? Please consider helping our cause by completing the survey above and revisit gregeran.wordpress.com to follow the progress as we strive to keep education relevant in an ever-changing world.
New Media Consortium. (2016) Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition. Retrieved from http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2016-nmc-horizon-report-he-EN.pdf#page=36
Sebastiaan ter Burg. Het Nieuwe Instituut: Social Design for Wicked Problems. 2013. JPG. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/ter-burg/9701305453