HP Innovation Journal Issue 10: Fall 2018 - Page 25

SHAPING THE CLASSROOM AND CAMPUS OF THE FUTURE G U S SC H M E D LE N Vice Presid e nt of Wo rldwid e Ed u c atio n , H P When we imagine the office of the future, we describe a physical and virtual work environment that meets the needs of generations entering the workforce today and in years to come. But the talent that will occupy tomorrow’s workplace is being developed right now, in classrooms arou nd the world. How do learning environments need to change, from K-12 through higher education, to help today’s students thrive in the future? How will academia meet the challenges of a changing world? New work patterns, technologies and behaviors are emerging in response to challenges and opportunities in the modern workplace. Educational institutions must equip students with skills to succeed not just in the workplace we can imagine but for a future transformed in ways we can’t yet predict. THE CHANGING NATURE OF WORK HAS PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATION The accelerated rate of business disruption and innovation will require unprecedented agility and creativity from tomorrow’s workers. This means that fundamental skills— collaboration, communication and critical thinking, for example—will be the price of entry, and learning designed to foster these strengths begins in the formative K-12 years. In recent years, reports from the World Economic Forum have named unemployment, gender equity and the need for labor re-skilling among their top areas of focus. Shaping the Classroom and Campus of the Future All three of these issues are closely tied to human capital development and education. Communities around the globe are facing challenges achieving and sustaining economic growth, employment and engaged citizens in a volatile business environment. Businesses in every industry sector are navigating intense global competition, a shift from manufacturing to services, new safety and security threats, pressures around sustainable practices and resources and quality-of-life concerns. Finding answers to these big challenges starts with asking the right questions—a foundational value for HP. Both our ongoing HP Megatrends initiative and the HP National Education Technology Assessment (NETA) drive critical insights toward aligning what schools are equipped to teach and what employers will require. The HP NETA Reinvent the Classroom project has surveyed 50,000 teachers, 20,000 parents, 5,000 25