This semester we have learned that a wicked problem is “a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize” (Wikipedia, 2016). Keeping education relevant in an ever-changing world is a wicked problem that my team and I are diving deeper into with the hopes of creating some solutions to help minimize that impact of this problem. We are approaching this problem through the lens of designers and we have created three questions that will assist us in pinpointing key components related to keeping education relevant. The three questions we have posed are:
- Why isn’t education relevant?
- How can technology support the curricular and pedagogical changes needed to be more relevant?
- Why are 21st century skills needed for students seeking tomorrow’s careers?
The infographic below puts the questions in a more structured format and our hopes are that by asking the questions, we will start to cultivate possible solutions as we ideate, collaborate, experiment and revisit the design process. Please feel free to share any thoughts you may have as you think about this wicked problem.